As Alaric, Matt Davis may have met his end on The Vampire Diaries, but the actor is back tonight on the CW's newest drama, Cult. Matt stars in the small-screen thriller as an investigative journalist. When his brother goes missing, he discovers that a TV series about a creepy-but-charismatic leader and his followers — and the show's obsessive real-life fans — might be behind the disappearance. During our chat, Matt gave us some clues as to how the mystery will unfold this season, weighed in on whether there's any possibility that Alaric will return to The Vampire Diaries, and talked about a cause close to his heart: saving rhinos from poaching. Cult premieres on the CW tonight at 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central. On Lindsay: H&M jacket.
The Vampire Diaries' Matthew Davis is returning to The CW to lead his very own spooky new series, Cult, a midseason show premiering tonight. Davis plays Jeff, a former journalist who finds himself investigating a bizarre TV show after his brother goes missing. He's joined by Skye (Jessica Lucas), a production assistant on the show who shares his concerns about the series' rabid fan base. It doesn't take long to discover that the show within the show isn't entirely fictional. Read on to find out if the new thriller is worth a watch.
- What it's about: Jeff's little brother is always getting into trouble, but when he mysteriously goes missing after pleading with Jeff to believe his conspiracy theories about a TV show, Jeff is forced to take his claims seriously. His search leads him to the set of Cult, a creepy show about an enigmatic cult leader named Billy Grimm (Robert Knepper). Grimm's followers aren't limited to the small screen, though, and things take a serious turn for the creepy when real-life fans start taking their own lives after uttering the seemingly innocuous phrase, "These things just snap right off."
- Where it works: The premiere sets up a great mystery and the subject matter of cult leaders and cult behavior is really fascinating. I also like Davis and Lucas as the leads; they're both alums of the network and I think they're ready to carry their own show.
- Where it doesn't: It's a show named Cult about a show named Cult. It splices "reality" with the show, so you never quite know what is or isn't happening. Sometimes it's fun to put the pieces together, but it's also quite confusing.
- When it's on: Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW
- You might like this show if: You're looking for a new mystery to dig into.
Watch a preview and see all the pictures for Cult after the jump.
We're nearing the end of upfronts week, which means most of the major networks have rolled out the previews for their new shows for Fall. The CW took its turn today, and after unveiling the new lineup, we got a closer look at the five new shows coming to the network. We've already heard a lot about the anticipated Carrie Diaries, but here's a taste of what else is coming to the CW.
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- The Carrie Diaries: This highly anticipated series stars AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie Bradshaw in 1984, during her pre-Sex and the City high school days.
- First Cut: As if being a new doctor wasn't tough enough, a recent med school graduate (Mamie Gummer) realizes that old crushes and enemies will be working alongside her at her first job.
- Cult: After his brother mysteriously disappears, investigative journalist Jeff Sefton (Matt Davis) uncovers the underworld of a popular TV show and all its crazy fans.
- Arrow: After being shipwrecked on a deserted island, a billionaire makes his way back home and does his best to integrate himself back into normal life and right his past wrongs. At the same time, he takes on a new persona called Arrow (the show is based on the comic-book series) and fights crime.
- Beauty & the Beast: Kristin Kreuk stars as homicide detective Catherine Chandler, a strong-willed cop who witnessed her mother's murder when she was just a teenager. She would have been murdered too, but with the help of an outside force she could never explain, she managed to escape. She soon learns that her savior is a man who turns into a beast at night.
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On Nov. 18, 1978, more than 900 people living in the intentional community (a polite way of saying commune) Jonestown committed suicide. Their weapon of choice? A grape-flavored drink mixed with cyanide. While it wasn't Kool-Aid (generic — they were socialists!), it is where the phrase "drinking the Kool-Aid" originated.
Before Jonestown became a full-blown commune in the jungle, it was a church called the Peoples Temple. Jim Jones was its founder and powerful leader, though he also went by "Dad." Not a sign at all! With a congregation heavily dominated by African-Americans from poor communities in San Francisco, his goal was to care for parishioners. And in many ways, he did. Social programs were created; sexism was preached against; and racial integration was supported.
Nobody saw it as a cult, though. Nobody wanted to. To find out why, read more
The lengths that people will go to, just to lose weight, never cease to amaze me, but this method may take the cake.
Recently I have been hearing a lot about the Remnant Fellowship Church in Franklin, Tennessee. This church preaches about God and weight loss in the Weigh Down Diet program. Amazingly enough, Weigh Down is the most successful Christian weight loss program in the country, which has many people flocking to Gwen Shamblin (pictured), the leader of Remnant, like fixated moths to a bright light.
The basics of the Remnant Fellowship are this: overeating is a sin. Her book The Weigh Down Diet, which has sold over a million copies worldwide stresses the benefits of eating tiny bites and objects to exercising to offset your caloric intake. The scare tactics and shame methods keep followers in line by telling them overeating will result in hell.
The best part. Remnant does not allow theological debate, and free will is basically out the door. Shamblin directs those with questions to her 800 number.
My take on this whole thing: The best way to lose weight from the Weigh Down Diet is by running (very, very fast) in the opposite direction of the Remnant Fellowship. This diet is cult-like and unhealthy, not only for the body but for the mind as well. I am all for a support group when trying to get fit, but not a support group that tells you it's either weight loss or hell. Shamblin is making millions while her followers are contemplating suicide, that's just not right.