A pilot that was rejected six years ago during the transformation of former networks the WB and UPN into what is now the CW has finally been picked up — by the same network that killed it back then, the CW.
"Cult" was a pilot ordered by the WB about seven years ago, and it’s getting a new lease on life after a strange twist of events, reports Joe Adalian in New York Magazine’s Vulture blog.
Days after the project got the green light from the WB, the network was dumped by CBS and Warner Bros., which planned to replace the network with the CW, the story notes.
One of the first programming decisions for the CW was the dump "Cult," the story notes.
Now, about six years later, the CW has a new chief, Mark Pedowitz, who has given his first scripted pilot order to "Cult," the story says.
However, "Cult" has had some changes, as former CW chief Dawn Ostroff had asked producer Rockne S. O’Bannon to redevelop it, the story says. But even after it was reworked, it was decided then that the project was too dark.
The project now has Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage attached as executive producers, the story adds.
The story revolves around a female production assistant on a TV show called "Cult," who investigates fans who might be re-creating crimes seen on the show, the story says.
The CW is considering producing 13 episodes of the series, rather than the traditional 22, the piece notes.