Under the Dome’s Aisha Hinds’ Cult Cancelled
After the last few days, it seemed like the cast of Under the Dome was infallible. It seemed like they all had another series that was being renewed or getting a possible spin-off. Sure Britt Robertson‘s The Secret Circle was cancelled under dubious circumstances after one lousy season despite decent ratings on the CW, but that was last year. This year, everything’s getting renewed. Even the crappy shows are getting another season.
That is, everything except the CW’s Cult. Cult was a fabulous meta-concept about a TV within a TV show that might be killing people. It had all the makings of a cult hit a la early Twin Peaks or The X-Files. Even the cast was great, with The Vampire Diaries‘ Matthew Davis as the lead. And, of course, Under the Dome‘s Aisha Hinds had a supporting role as Detective Rosalind Sakelik. However, like many broadcast shows that dare to be a little imaginative, Cult‘s Nielsen ratings have been a disaster from the start. Even the streaming numbers on cw.com have been low (which shocks me b/c I have been streaming this show every week since even before its pilot aired). The CW attempted to move Cult from Tuesday nights to Fridays, thinking the ratings would actually improve since genre-related police type shows always do better on Friday nights, like Grimm. Let’s just say, it didn’t work.
Well, yesterday came the unsurprising news that Cult has been cancelled after a slow, painful battle. Finger-pointing became inevitable. Matthew Davis instantly took to his Twitter account, @ErnestoRiley, to call out the inept marketing campaign (if you can even call it that). Here are some of them in backwards chronological order:
Great thing about looking at life as a perpetual blessing is that every low feeds every high.
Thank you again everyone for your outpouring of support. But don’t feel bad. With every end there is a new beginning
All joking aside, thank you to all who watched. It was a wonderful learning experience, and exciting misadventure.
On to bigger the better!
Good news Cult fans!
Cult has been renewed for the next ten season due to its brilliant marketing campaign!
Good job everyone
I feel I must say that Matthew Davis is already returning to The Vampire Diaries. Not a bad move.
According to the series creator, Rockne S. O’Bannon, “#Cult Sadly true. CW Execs once called the last 5 episodes “outstanding”. I guess too outstanding. You are great, Smart fans. Thx to u all!”
There do not seem to be any plans to actually air the remaining five episodes. Thankfully, the whole season had wrapped its 13 episode order before this decision was made. Hopefully, the CW will upload them to their website for streaming, or at least sell them to Hulu and/or Netflix or maybe even Fear.Net where they will find an appreciative audience. With luck, Netflix will try to resurrect the series like they did for The Killing (which is the only reason that is getting a third season on AMC), but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
So, I guess that means that Aisha Hinds will have more free time on her hands to participate in Under the Dome. Like they say, when a door closes, another opens. She was very wise to take the Under the Dome job. If it had been renewed, I am sure she probably would have left the show, as she did after the first season of True Blood. I do not think she would have been able to do both shows at once, even if Under the Dome stays as a summer series if it gets more seasons. This is would have put her in a similar situation that Mike Vogel is facing with the renewal of Bates Motel. If nothing else, it has given her even more TV nerd cred than she already had (and she had a lot of it to begin with). I am sure some will mention it at her convention appearances and that will be it.
Seriously I do feel that Cult will become one of those shows that will grow in stature over time. It was the right show, the right time, just the wrong network. Should have been on cable or one of those new internet platforms. I will confess that I was one of the few people that actually watched the show week after week (if that makes me a loser, fine!). With all of the horror/genre-related shows being made today, it still managed to set itself apart by simply trying something new, intellectual, and interesting; almost defiantly non-commercial. It might even influence future broadcast shows that yearn to do something different. Brilliant, but cancelled? Not quite the former. But, these days, any CW show that dares to stray away from their teenager romance formula is cause for celebration. We can only hope the CW makes wiser programming decisions next season, and from the looks of it, they have much to choose from.
We can only hope a better fate for UTD. You can sign a Twitition to help air the remaining six episodes here.
UPDATE: The remaining episodes of Cult will air on Friday nights on the CW in two hour segments starting June 28th, which is the Friday after UTD premieres on June 24th. The two on July 5th , and the final two on July 12th. Hope it doesn’t end on a cliffhanger.