The CW Picks Up Beauty and the Beast and Cult; Cancels The Secret Circle and Ringer

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The CW Picks Up Beauty and the Beast and CultWith the goofy snooze-fest known as “The Secret Circle” being put out to pasture (along with our guilty pleasure “Ringer”), The CW network has picked up two new genre-themed television shows to get your ghost. Now if only they can move “Supernatural” back to Thursday.

Deadline reports that The CW has picked up “Cult” from Warner Bros. TV and “Beauty and the Beast” from CBS Television Studios.

“Cult” centers on Skye (Jessica Lucas), an inquisitive young production assistant on a wildly popular television show called Cult. After a rash of disappearances and a likely murder, she joins Jeff (Matt Davis), a journalist blogger whose brother was among those gone missing, in investigating the rabid fans of the series who might be re-creating crimes seen on the program in real life. In the show, star Andrew Leeds’ character is named Kyle and is the network Creative VP recently assigned to Cult. Robert Knepper will play actor Roger Reeves, who portrays charismatic cult leader Billy Grimm on the show-within-a-show while Alona will play a cop, but there’s a twist: Tal will be playing an actress named Kelly Collins, who in turn is portraying a young LAPD detective.

The new version of “Beauty and the Beast” will be loosely based on the 1980s CBS series starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman and play as a modern day romantic love story with a procedural twist. Jennifer Levin (“Without a Trace”) and Sherri Cooper (“Brothers and Sisters”) wrote the script and are executive producing along with the creator of the original series, Ron Koslow; Paul Junger Witt and C. Anthony Thomas of Witt/Thomas Productions, which co-produced the 1980s series; and Bill Haber.

Look for more on both of these soon!

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