Like most cults, the appeal of ‘Cult’ seems fleeting

I’ve really slacked off on updating, I know. It’s because I tend to write pretty big, and sometimes I have all these things to say, but…I just don’t want to sit down and write them up just now. It happens, and it’s okay. So, while I nibble away at my thoughts on season three of Smallville and pretend like I’ll actually get around to the Eureka Long Haul in the near future (I will, I promise!), I’ve got a few short posts planned for the next few days. Here’s one of them on the new show Cult.

I barely knew anything about it — just that it was CW show within a show — and wasn’t even aware it had started yet, when my sister told me it was interesting and she spied Tom Amandes in it. Tom Amandes, as some might remember, was the acerbic Dr. Abbott on Everwood, back when CW was WB. And I generally make a habit of giving the new shows of alums from old shows I like a try. So this week I watched the first two episodes on Hulu.


The pilot was wonderfully creepy, and I appreciate the way the network went whole-hog on the show-within-a-show concept, going so far as to actually make the fake a show a CW show. But I could see where it might be a little hard to follow at times. Matt Davis, who has one of those faces, plays a reporter who’s brother goes missing after being crazy paranoid about a TV show, Cult,  that maybe isn’t as fictional as it would seem. People are going missing, and dying and weird symbols and messages are everywhere, and I know I said it before, but it was just really creepy.  After thinking long and hard about whether I wanted to watch the second episode before bed, I did.

And then I saw why it’s ratings plummeted and it was bumped to Friday  nights. It was still mildly creepy — and mildly interesting — but mostly just tedious. It wasn’t such a precipitous drop-off in quality that I’m going to give up on it just yet, but it’s not going to be something that I spend DVR space on.

Starting March 8, Cult will air Fridays on the CW at 9/8c.

Also, if you direct your attention to the right side of the blog, you’ll see that Leisure Time has it’s own Twitter account.  Follow @TheLTtweet to keep up with Leisure Time updates and small thoughts not fit for full posts.

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