The CW has handed its first pilot order of the season to Cult, an hour-long project about a TV show that inspires copycat crimes.
The drama centers on a young female production assistant who grows suspicious after a rash of disappearances and possible murder seem tied to the show she works on, called Cult. She teams up with a journalist blogger to begin looking into the show's rabid fans, who may be behind the actual crimes.
Rockne O'Bannon (Defiance) is behind the show, which has been developed several times over the years at the networks — including ABC last year, the CW in 2009 and at the WB in 2006. The WB had even ordered the project up as a pilot starring Matt Bomer, but it was scrapped when The WB itself folded that year.
Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein will also executive produce with O'Bannon. Schwartz, Savage and Goldstein already produce The CW's Gossip Girl and Hart of Dixie through their Fake Empire production company. Warner Bros. TV is the studio.
Cult is the second pilot pick up of the day; ABC has given an order to an untitled drama from Roland Emmerich centering on the 2012 presidential race.