The appropriateness of promoting a show called Cult at Comic-Con, the headquarters of devoted followers of cult TV shows and movies, was not lost on the stars of the CW’s suspenseful midseason drama. “I can’t wait to hear the reaction from the crowd,” said Robert Knepper, who’d been there before during his Heroes days. And sure the audience there is always eager for a new complicated mystery to unravel. Indeed, the show’s complicated premise — the fanatical followers of a TV show about a dangerous cult are themselves falling victim to some kind of dangerous plot — seems tailor-made for this kind of crowd. They were also excited to see the return of cult-TV vets Knepper (who also starred in Oz), Alona Tal (Supernatural) and Matt Davis (The Vampire Diaries). But what about the rest of the world? Will we all be sucked in?
OK, sorry, we’re not even going to try to answer that in this space. Instead, we tackled another tricky subject with Knepper, who plays the cult leader on the show within the show, and Tal, who plays the show within the show’s escaped cult member-turned-detective: What draws people to cults themselves?
“My husband says this: Everybody wants to be invited to the party,” Tal told VH1. “Everybody wants to be a part of [something]. Everybody wants to be accepted and loved. That’s part of the security blanket that cults, I would assume, offer. You’re part of something so secure and supporting, it could be appealing.” Read more…
As our Comic-Con coverage wraps up and our intrepid reporters/fangirls Kate Spencer and Sabrina Rojas Weiss take a much-deserved nap, we’d like to take a minute to recap our very favorite interviews and press conferences via easily-consumable and definitely-hypotizing GIFs. From Aaron Paul‘s teeth, to Kristen Stewart digging a hole for herself, to our one and only Khaleesi, the star-filled convention was chock full of hilarious and heartthrobbing moments.
If you’re like me, you haven’t entirely come to terms with the loss of Alaric on The Vampire Diaries. Good thing we don’t have to miss actor Matt Davis for very long: He’s got the lead in the CW’s mid-season drama Cult. The suspenseful mystery is hard to summarize, even for its stars, but let’s just say it’s a show about a TV show about a cult, whose superfans suddenly appear to be in grave danger. The Lost-like air of mystery already has the show gaining buzz at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, which gave Davis the perfect excuse to get to hang out with his Vampire Diaries pals while promoting his new gig. Not to make him feel sad or anything, but I had to ask him what he misses most about being in Mystic Falls.
“My friends. My family. After three years, I’ve become so close with everyone, it breaks my heart to think that I’m not out with them right now,” he told me, a little wistfully. “I’ll see them here, which is great. I love that [Cult] has come as far as it has, that it’s being well received, that we’re at Comic-Con so it’s paralleling them. It’s a good way to segue out of a show like Vampire Diaries.” Read more…
If day one for us was all about Stephenie Meyer, day two was all about the boob tube. Both Kate Spencer and I spent the day getting hyped about existing and future TV favorites. Kate talked to the cast of Game of Thrones and visited the Joss Whedon and Breaking Bad panels, which she talks about in our little recap video above. I got to speak to the stars of two of the CW’s new shows: Arrow (Stephen Amell=yummmm) and mid-season show Cult. The latter stars Vampire Diaries alum Matt Davis, who isn’t giving anyone a chance to miss Alaric before he steps into a completely new character. True to its name, that one’s aiming for a cult following. Speaking of nostalgia for bygone characters, I also chatted with Vanessa Williams and Terry O’Quinn, who make the handsomest of scary power couples onscreen in ABC’s 666 Park Avenue but are perfectly charming in person. Terry was even wearing flip-flops for his interview. Not that I blame him, my own feet were killing me after a single trip around the convention center — where I peeped the scariest line for Hall H: both because it was a mile long and ’cause it was filled with zombies waiting to get into the Walking Dead panel. No way was I getting into that one at the last minute. But the first thing you learn at Comic-Con is to manage your expectations, and have fun with whatever you end up doing instead of the hottest panel of the moment — whether it’s popping into a smaller ballroom to hear about some hot new urban fantasy books or roaming the floor to admire a real working R2D2 and ogle Stan Lee for a minute. Can’t wait for Day 3!
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