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Farscape creator's new series

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If only it included adult-themed muppets ...

Last April, it was rumored that Rockne O'Bannon, creator of the beloved (and cancelled-too-soon) Farscape, had made a deal with SyFy for a 'huge, new series'. Disappointingly for fans of Farscape, muppets, and dry humor, that series pretty much disappeared into the ether. But today, Deadline reports that a new series called Cult has been picked up for a plot, and possible 13-episode series, on the CW network.

Cult is a mystery drama whose central character is a female production assistant on a popular fictional tv show. Fearing that a rash of disappearances and murders may be the work of rabid fans of the show re-creating the crimes seen on the program, she joins forces with a journalist to investigate the crimes further.

Interestingly, Cult was originally proposed to the WB back in 2005, but was put aside in the change over from WB to CW. At that time, the central character was male, and Matthew Bomer (White Collar, Chuck) had been cast as the lead in the pilot. In an interview at the time, ""It's kind of based on my experiences with the Farscape fan community, obviously taken to an extreme. One of the aspects of Cult is the subculture that grows up around a television series ... but an extreme extrapolation, because the Farscape fans are wonderful, benign people, and not all the fans of Cult are anywhere near as benign. They're actually quite nasty." The original show was to feature a "Charles Manson/Hannibal Lecter cult figure, who is fictional, but you kind of wonder whether he's fictional or not."

As one of the first casualties of the WB-CW change over, it seems peculiarly fitting that the pilot is the first to be picked up by new CW president Mark Pedowitz. With any luck, after a six-year wait, fans should see Cult some time in the fall of 2012.


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