Upfronts 2016

Cruel Intentions Far From Dead as Cast Options Are Extended at NBC

Cruel Intentions still has a pulse.

Sources confirm to TVLine that NBC has extended its contractual options on Sarah Michelle Gellar and her fellow cast members through December, a clear indication that the network still has faith in the project.

The buzzy remake failed to secure a series order last month, although entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told reporters at the time that the project remains in consideration. “It goes under the heading of embarrassment of riches,” he said. “There’s just so many shows that we have [already] scheduled or ordered.” The exec also conceded that Cruel Intentions is “a bit of an outlier for us, because there’s no other show like it in our list of genres.

“But we like it,” he concluded, “and we’re still discussing it and trying to figure it out.”

Sources tell TVLine that NBC is mulling a possible Summer 2017 launch for Cruel Intentions, a move that would likely require some some budget-tinkering.

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  1. Brian says:

    Wish this was on Netflix or the CW. Just can’t see this doing well on NBC.

  2. Greg says:

    I wish they would let it go to a cable channel or streaming, network tv will not do this show justice… There is no point making it if its going to be watered down.

  3. N says:

    I really liked Cruel Intentions back in 1999, and it served as a launching pad for a lot of actors we know and love. However, part of the appeal of the movie was that it was kind of Taboo and pushed the envelope, and I just don’t see NBC allowing Cruel intentions to go that far. While I am sure Sarah Michelle Gellar will immediately rechannel Kathyrn, and be the best part of the show, I just don’t see NBC allowing the show to push the boundaries the movie did, and will most likely just turn the show into a soap. I think there is potential here, but I cant help but feel it will be too little and too late, and we will all be scratching are heads wondering why NBC even bothered once it does debut.

    • Tj says:

      I would have agreed with you 5 years ago, but after 3 successful and brilliant seasons of “Hannibal” I personally think that out of any of the 5 broadcast networks NBC could do the show justice especially in a 10pm summer time slot.

      • David4 says:

        Successful? If it was then it wouldn’t have been canceled…

      • Steve says:

        Your are absolutely correct with your example of Hannibal. However, NBC allowed Hannibal to push the boundaries when it came to Blood and guts and all around Violence. Cruel Intentions does not feature any violence, but does push it when it comes to sex, and Im not sure how far NBC can push the boundaries with that. The movie is famous for the Sarah Michelle Gellar / Selma Blair scene after-all and that is where NBC may have to water down Cruel Intentions, which may alienate some. With that said, NBC has to realize sex is the driving force behind cruel intentions and therefore must be ok with that, so we will see when this moves forward, what they are and aren’t able to do but they must really see potential in it since they’ve kept it around this long..

        • David4 says:

          I love the fact we live in a country where blood, guts and extreme violence is fine, but sex is horrible and forbidden!!!!

  4. prada says:

    Cruel Intentions should go to Lifetime with UnReal as lead

  5. David4 says:

    I don’t see why they won’t just make it, it’s not like they have anything else. Do they need to set the show in Chicago?

  6. Agent 86 says:

    But, what’s happening with the Xena: Warrior Princess reboot. Has NBC Universal come to their senses and agreed to a limited revival with Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor BEFORE the reboot?

  7. parstl says:

    I think it would be perfect for Showtime, the cable network that brought on othe shows that pushed the envelope like Californication and Dexter. Sarah Michelle Gellar was perfect in the role…the movie wouldn’t have made it without her.

  8. Ram510 says:

    Just let this one die

  9. FioPawn says:

    I can’t see this doing well only because a majority of the shows NBC produces are of poor quality. Look at ABC, FOX hell any other network and they all are taking chances with content, style of filming, CONTENT. Most of NBC’s shows I can’t stand to watch because they seem filtered and delusional. Cruel Intentions (the movie) was indie, YOUNG, and sexy as fuck. The style, acting and production put you in that world instead of shows like the black list or Chicagoland shows where it feels like I’m watching, not experiencing. Given it to cable PLEASE so that the content doesn’t suffer or learn to take chances instead of playing it safe.

  10. Brock says:

    I’d love to see it join Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce on BRAVO! With some NBC promo! Maybe air the pilot on NBC as a movie and then direct people to the Bravo network for more.