News Briefs: Cult Stinks Up Its Start

BUT HOW WERE THE RATINGS FOR THE SHOW WITHIN THE SHOW?

... The CW debuted its spooky new meta-drama Cult last night, and it didn't fare too well. Less than a million people (0.94 million) tuned in to watch the series premiere, and the young-viewer contingent only tallied a 0.3 rating in the adult demo, weak even by CW standards. Smash also continues to be a bust, drawing 3.29 million viewers and a 0.9 rating for NBC. And that's about as exciting as I can make numbers sound today. [TV By the Numbers]


BUSINESS TIME

... Fox doesn't understand why y'all aren't watching New Girl like you used to, so it's gonna try to do something about that. On Thursday April 4, New Girl and its blockmate The Mindy Project will air in a special slot after American Idol in hopes that the singing competition's massive audience will dribble onto both comedies. They will replace a previously scheduled repeat of Glee. [The Wrap]

... FX is developing a stuntman drama called Crash and Burn loosely based on the book The Full Burn. In the series, Doc Dixon takes all kids of life-risking gigs to support his family while holding his union together in the days before computer-graphics made stuntmen obsolete. This sounds like a good idea, FX. Carry on being great. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Oprah's network OWN has picked up the third season of Tyler Perry's For Better Or Worse from TBS. That'll save your sinking ship, Oprah! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Sorry, one more round of boring show pickups: TruTV has ordered eight more episodes of Hardcore Pawn: Chicago and 13 more episodes of Impractical Jokers. [TruTV via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Jason Lee (My Name is Earl) has received Xenu's permission to come back to television and will take the lead in the CBS crime drama Second Sight. He'll play a New Orleand police detective who suffers from (or is blessed with) intense hallucinations and dreams from his subconscious. It's a remake of the 1999 U.K. series starring Clive Owen. [EW]

... The Fast and the Furious's Sung Kang has been cast in Fox's Gang Related, a drama about a gang task force that's infiltrated by a gang member. He'll play a specialist in Asian street gangs which is a coincidence because he's Asian! [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan (Maggie!) is getting sexually assaulted on television again. She'll guest-star on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as a sports reporter who accuses her cameraman of raping her. [THR]

... Criminal Minds vet Paget Brewster is joining ABC's comedy Spy opposite Rob Corddry. Corddry plays a man who joins the Secret Service to impress his son. Brewster will play his icy ex-wife. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC is still looking for a place to put Mandy Moore. This time she's been cast in the network's adaptation of the British series Pulling. Moore will play one of three women in their 30s living life they way they want to. Moore has been cast in several ABC projects in the past, but none of them have landed. [Deadline Hollywood]

... CBS has cast Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight) in its summer series Under the Dome. Based on the Stephen King book of the same name, Under the Dome posits what would happen when a small town is isolated from the rest of the world by a mysterious dome. Lefevre will play Julia, an investigative reporter... UNDER A DOME! [EW]

... Sons of Anarchy's Rockmond Dunbar (he played Sheriff Roosevelt) will co-star in ABC's Doubt. The legal series is about a cop-turned-lawyer who uses his street smarts to win cases. Dunbar will play the lawyer's former partner and best friend. [Deadline Hollywood]



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Is ABC's 'Spy' a remake of the British series on sky 1?
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Cult was pretty good actually. I hope it won't get yanked after just a couple episodes or something because of the low ratings of episode 1.
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I wonder how much the ratings of Cult were due to the fact that it was available online. Hopefully, those overnights get beefed up by online views and DVRs. It just makes me wish they'd stop relying on Nielsen ratings and markets to determine viewers and actually use the technology built into DVR boxes to mine REAL data about viewership. I'd love to see the game change because of real, by the people numbers.
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I am waiting for Under the Dome, and Gang Related seems good.
No I did not like how Cult started but I will stick around for a couple of more episodes becase sometime start of a good complicated story cannot be kick off in one episode.
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I am so sad about the ratings for New Girl. I really hope that moving it to a new night will be the key. There are so many good shows on Tuesday but I always watch New Girl first. For me, there is nothing funnier on tv at the moment. Also, sad about Smash but only because I love Derek.
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Don't care for Cult but Nielsen ratings are so weird, i hate that they hold all these shows hostage with their outdated means of recording how many people watch the show. One Nielsen family represents thousands of people in your zip code and just averaging it out based on population #s. And not only does Nielsen refuse to update, but they are cornering the market to prevent other technologies from being utilized
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I still watch New Girl BUT I watch it when I want to.

Cult was available online first, so the low number are probably because of that.
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I'm happy for Rob Corddry getting a series on a "real" network but I'll be really sad if that spells doom for the excellent Childrens Hospital.
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Thats because everybody watched Cult online several days before it aired...
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You want to know why these shows are all losing ratings? Because FX and AMC have totally set a new standard as to how good TV shows can be.
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Like Anger Management? Watching the ratings tank like a lead balloon for that is kind of funny considering they ordered many more episodes based on its initial ratings when it began.
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No not like Anger Management. More like Sons of Anarchy, Justified, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead...
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BUT, it does show all networks can make mistakes - Some more than others though.
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Ok, it's official, network can't launch midseason shows after christmas anymore. Man, a 0.3 key demo rating is abysmal, but who could have guessed it'd do poorly? ("he said after claiming he couldn't believe CULT as a concept because it's supposed to be a hit show on The CW.")

Man, Paget Brewster is always typecast as the icy bitchy wife, so lazy, she's way more interesting than that, this show is going to be so shrill. Produce more Harvey Birdman episodes with her as Birdgirl, I'd watch!
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See, I was thinking of following Cult. But then I thought... "No, I'll wait until I know how the first episode went. Because the ratings could be completely horrible and then it'll be just a matter of time before it gets cancelled. Let's face it: this is The CW. They've cancelled "Hellcats", "The Secret Circle", "Emily Owens M.D."... All shows you loved. So wait and see." Glad I took my own advice. I give it a couple of weeks tops.
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"...takes all kids?" I think you mean "kinds."

I guess the only question left with Smash is whether NBC will air the next episode or not. With those numbers one can't even count on a summer burn-off, although that would give them some summer filler.
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"in the days before computer-graphics made stuntmen obsolete"
So it's a science fiction series then? Set in the future? Because even these days it doesn't look like stuntmen are going anywhere that soon.
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Agreed, you're always going to need them. Fight scenes, danger scenes (jumping away from cars), body-double scenes (where actor/actress X doesn't want to show off THEIR body), driving scenes, etc.

I mean, I guess CGI has *slightly* reduced the amount you need a stunt man. Like a CGI'd disaster where the actors are perfectly safe instead of dropping foam rubble and stuff. But I think that's just a minor part of it.
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It's make-up artists that are in trouble, I think.
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All my eyes caught was "mandy moore"...nough said...she NEEDS to be on tv!
And 'Doubt' with Rockmond i wanna catch for sure!
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One of the many problems with this is that "pulling" is not really a part of the American vernacular. So, obviously they will have to change the name, and "Picking Up Dudes" doesn't really have the same ring to it.
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Did CBS cut editors in order to save the budget? "New Orleand," "She'll guess star," "in their 30s" - srsly? You almost made it kosher with that Xenu line. Almost.
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You missed "all kids of life-risking gigs".
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Mandy Moore being cast in the remake of an edgy, feminist dark comedy is offensive.
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Second Sight sounds like Eli Stone, only without the song and dance (hopefully) and look how well that went.
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What about ratings for within-a-show-Cult? Are the Nielson ratings applicable then?
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The pilot gave mixed messages about that. On one hand it looked to be a big hit. On the other, apparently a new network exec had to come in to try to boost their numbers away from "cult" status to "primetime hit" status.
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Is this New Orleans Second Sight going to be completely different from the Clive Owen original? As I remember, the thrust of the story wasn't so much the detective having visions as it was about a driven detective going blind while trying to keep that information from his superiors so that he could stay on the job. It seemed like an implausible idea to go beyond one story, never mind working as a weekly series. Then again, I thought the same thing when I first read the description of Castle.
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Well the pilot for Cult has been on the internet for a couple weeks so I'm not surprised it had low rankings... Plus it doesn't have a great time slot.
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Putting Cult on Tuesday against NCIS is a stupid move on The CW's part. It also doesn't help that its audience doesn't overlap with HOD. This show is bound to be cancelled (sadly) if the network doesn't course correct and move it to another night (preferably on Thursday).
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I totally agree....I really miss Emily Owens MD! They should really bring that show back.
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We all have different tastes. You want EOMD back and I want TSC back. :)
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I liked that show too =)
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Emily Owens definitlty grew on us and now we miss her...
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I totally miss Emily, she was cute, quirky and the medical cases were pretty interesting. Not enough doctor shows on tv anymore, Monday Mornings is pretty good though.
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Crash and Burn sounds cool. At some point, I think I'll skip reading details about the shows they pick up and just give every show they have a try.

Jason Lee's cool. As is comedic Paget Brewster. And Rob Corddry. And Lauren Cohan. And definitely Rockmond Dunbar. Basically... I like all the casting news...?
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Second Sight was already remade for the US....

As for Cult, if ratings really mattered for the premiere so much then they wouldn't put it online for free weeks in advance. When will they learn to leak/release it to torrent on purpose with ads built in? That way they get paid for "Pirated" material. Duh!
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each time anybody says "under the dome" the show gets less interesting...
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I agree when I first head about the show I thought it was awesome but they more descriptions they release about it the worse it sound. The casting choices have been terrible, Rachelle Lefevre is a horrible female lead, every show i've seen with her in has tanked
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Then read the book. You'll be counting the days till the series premier.
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Oh, I dunno, it wasn't my favorite King novel but it was good. I won't be counting the days but I'll be watching...
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