News Briefs: The CW Kicks Cult to Fridays

By Tim Surette

Feb 28, 2013


... The CW's Cult has already been broken up. The network is moving the low performer to Fridays at 9pm starting March 8 because no one is watching it—only two episodes have aired so far. The show drew a 0.3 in the 18-49 demographic in each of its airings, which is like H8R levels of bad. Taking over its Tuesday 9pm slot will be repeats of other CW shows that people don't watch. [The CW via press release]


... After developing it, casting it, shooting it, editing it, sound mixing it, and polishing it for broadcast, Fox finally remembered that it also has to air The Goodwin Games, a sitcom that it announced way, way, way, way, way, way back in May at its Upfronts. But the show will make it to air Monday, May 20 at 8:30pm, 375 days after it was ordered. All seven episodes (its order was cut down from 13) will air for seven straight Mondays as a summer burn-off. The Goodwin Games stars Becki Newton, T.J. Miller, and Scott Foley as siblings who reconnect in order to get a stake of their father's inheritance. It's the same old routine for Becki Newton, who was a hot property after Ugly Betty was canceled and landed on NBC's Love Bites. Love Bites was also dumped to the summer, over a year after it was ordered. TV, what do you have against the adorable Becki Newton? [TV Line]


... ABC has announced a pair of premiere dates for shows aimed at ladies who want to dump their boyfriends. The next cycle of The Bachelorette will premiere Monday, May 20 at 9pm (right after The Goodwin Games!). My bet is that Desiree will be the new lady picking a man. Oh come on, don't lie, you watch The Bachelor too. Midseason soap Mistresses, starring Alyssa Milano and Yunjin Kim as ladies "on a path of self discovery" (a.k.a. recklessly bonin' married dudes), will debut Monday, May 27 at 10pm, right after The Bachelorette. Monday on ABC, adultery night! [ABC via press release] 

... USA continues to steer toward reality with a series order for Camp, a 10-episode competition show that throws adults into a summer-camp experience. Sixteen adults will play campy games, form summer romances, and ask their kids to come pick them up after the first day because it's terrible and they don't know anyone! [Deadline Hollywood

... Discovery Fit & Health has ordered the docu-drama Funeral Boss, because there's a [blank] Boss for every other occupation out there, so why not? Funeral home director Bill Harris and his family will be at the center of the six-episode series. Look for it March 14 at 10pm. I hope the show includes the pitch to grieving families: "We'll knock $25 off your funeral if you let us film and broadcast your grandma being embalmed." [Variety]


... Pilot-casting season always does a bit of fortune-telling for current shows as stars take new jobs and signal the demise of their former employers. In related news, Touch star Kiefer Sutherland has been offered a lead role in NBC's The Black List, about a master criminal who offers to turn himself in and hand over every bad guy he's dealt with if he's allowed to give them up to an FBI agent that he seemingly has no connection to. But if you were Kiefer, would you rather be on a doomed Fox show or an NBC pilot? You're going to see a lot of news stories out there that refer to Kiefer Sutherland as 24's Kiefer Sutherland, but let's be honest here, he's The Lost Boys' Kiefer Sutherland. [EW]

... Angela Kinsey, Angela from The Office, has been cast in Fox's comedy pilot The Gabriels. She'll play the wife of Rob Riggle's character and the mother of a Wisconsin family "that lives in a community of over-sharers." Whatever that means. You're going to see a lot of news stories out there that refer to Angela Kinsey as The Office's Angela Kinsey, and they'll be right.  [TV Line]

... Ron Livingston has been cast as a regular in HBO's Boardwalk Empire. He'll play a fancy businessman who catches the eye of Gretchen Mol's character. You're going to see a lot of news stories out there that refer to Ron Livingston as Office Space's Ron Livingston, but let's be honest here, he's Swingers' Ron Livingston. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fringe's J.H. Wyman and J.J. Abrams has a new pilot in the works about ROBOT COPS. And playing the main ROBOT COP will be Michael Ealy. You're going to see a lot of news stories out there that refer to Michael Ealy as Common Law's Michael Ealy or The Good Wife's Michael Ealy, but let's be honest here, he's Sleeper Cell's Michael Ealy. [EW]

... Chyler Leigh has been cast in NBC's interesting-sounding comedy pilot Holding Patterns, about a group of friends whose lives are changed after they survive a plane crash. She'll play a flighty slacker named Leah. You're going to see a lot of news stories out there that refer to Chyler Leigh as Grey's Anatomy's Chyler Leigh, but let's be honest here, she's Not Another Teen Movie's Chyler Leigh. [TV Line]

... Donal Logue will return to Sons of Anarchy in Season 6, as the mysterious Lee Toric. Logue has also signed to join BBC America's Copper in its second season. Both roles allow him to keep that awesome beard. You're going to see a lot of news stories out there that refer to Donal Logue as Terriers' Donal Logue, but let's be honest here, he's The Tao of Steve's Donal Logue. Actually screw that, Terriers' Donal Logue works for me too. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Stephen Root has been cast in the Fox comedy pilot To My Future Assistant, a show about assistants at a prestigious law firm in New York City. He'll play the boss of the character played by Brittany Snow. You're going to see a lot of news stories out there that refer to Stephen Root as NewsRadio's Stephen Root or Boardwalk Empire's Stephen Root or King of the Hill's Stephen Root or Office Space's Stephen Root, but let's be honest here, he's so awesome he's just Stephen Root. [The Wrap]

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  • MarkFromOregon Mar 05, 2013

    I am curious to check Cult out. After all it's got T-bag in it from Prison Break!

  • MattOlander Mar 01, 2013

    No honorable mention of him as Justified's Stephen Root?

  • Shreela Mar 01, 2013

    Wishes networks would plan alternative "mysteries" into single season "mini-series". Pre-plan a proper close - then if it's wildly successful, these multi-mystery type shows would be fairly easy for writers to extend.

    Planning a cool ending ahead of time might draw in more viewers that've become wary of fickle network execs being cancel-crazy, not delivering the ending we crave so much!

  • Larrystrawberry Mar 01, 2013

    CBS did this a few years back with a show called "harpers island".It is a cool horror mystery about people being killed and trying to figure out who the killer is.Sounds like the same ol same ol but it's really good and ran through the summer for 13 episodes.So yes i agree with what your saying.

  • bleumystique Feb 28, 2013

    Sooo basically, Chyler Leigh is playing Lexie Grey in an alternate universe where she actually survived the plane crash?! M'kay.

    Oh Cult. So the show , about a show about a cult that's really a cult. Or that show about alternate universe Alaric buddying up and potentially sleeping with alternate universe Bonnie Bennett in the search to find out what happen to his brother, in an alternate universe of The Following isn't so much fizzling out as it is crashing and burning. Matt Davis deserves a bottle of Bourbon for this. And then he can mosey his way back to TVD where he belongs, and they can find a way to raise him from the dead so he can be snarky,sad, drunk "responsible adult" with the best friend who is a sociopath. Maybe Bonnie can nosebleed and blow leaves and raise him from the dead or something. Please tell me this can happen! Maybe she can put Jeremy's spirit into Alaric's body, since Jer no longer has one (such a was such a spectacular body) and then Jer and Alaric can be all Jekyll and Hyde with a split personality in the same body, which leads to inappropriate moments with Bonnie, and good time shenanigans with Damon.

    The what games? Huh. Becki Newton. Scott Foley. I can get down with that. You know, if I remember that it's actually coming on two months from now and what not.

    Robocop? Oh for heaven's sake. Why?! Why Michael Ealy? I love you man. I really do. Which means I'll indulge my shallow side and actually watch something I know I'll hate, something I know will fail, just to see those gorgeous eyes and that pretty face. Ugh.

  • Vicky8675309 Feb 28, 2013

    I can't help myself--> TERRIERS!!!

    I thought the CW always planned to move The Cult to fridays but I wouldn't be surprised if I was wrong about this

  • Anonymous_A Feb 28, 2013

    On the one hand, I'm glad that Cult is on Friday since there's less competition and Nikita and Cult may have an audience overlap but on the other hand, I'm dreading the day when Grimm comes back to that timeslot since that show has already established an audience and more people would probably prefer to watch that than Cult.

  • LeBuzzE Feb 28, 2013

    guy ledouche???? WTH?

    on side note looking forward for the Goodwin games, after all if tj miller is in it, it will be funny... well lets hope so :P

    Ron Livingston on boardwalk should be entertaining

  • MissMunchkin Feb 28, 2013

    Yay for Alyssa Milano! I love her. But her last few attempts at getting on television have been less than stellar, so crossing my fingers.

    Or maybe she should just go back to the CW and cast some spells. Maybe she can show those witches on Supernatural and Vampire Diaries how it's SUPPOSED to be done! Bam!

  • JT_Kirk Feb 28, 2013

    What, Cult's premise of being a hit show on The CW hasn't come true? Gasp and shock, who could have seen that coming? Oh wait, everybody. And another midseason show falls to the most brutal midseasoning of all.

    Wow, I totally forgot about The Goodwin Games... mainly because its premise told me to and because Fox sucks.

    Camp sounds like a reality show that I won't watch, but could see tuning into on a slow weekend.

    Angela Kinsey playing "the wife and mom" character seems too easy, and it's Fox so it's pre-canceled. Sounds like a waste of her time for pilot season.

    I've seen Michael Ealy play a cop, I'll have a hard time believing he's a robot or a cop. Mann & Machine 2014, come on down!

    Stephen Root as a boss? I hope he's a Jimmy James type of boss and not a stiff, we've been missing Jimmy James type characters lately.

  • Dragonsi2 Feb 28, 2013

    I remember the show with Yancy Butler as a cyborg/robot a good 20 years ago, in the early 90s when I was in my early 20s. It was short lived, but I saw every episode of it.

  • JT_Kirk Mar 01, 2013

    I'm not sure I ever watched Mann & Machine, I like Yancy Butler but I got the feeling it was destined to be canned quickly and I hate getting invested in shows that die quickly. There were other robot cop shows in that era too, obviously the Robocop live-action show and also Total Recall 2070.

  • MunirRahool Feb 28, 2013

    Cult deserves it. Although I believe the ^original^ Cult, you know the show they are playing in the ^show^ would be a better hit then the coverup-Cult show.

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