Earlier this spring, NBC refused to say whether or not their ambitious continuation of “Cruel Intentions” was dead despite it not getting a place on the 2016-17 schedule, and we understand why. This was a revival of a popular movie, and it had a star in Sarah Michelle Geller toplining the cast. Every indication in our head suggested that this was something that the network would want to consider, and they have. Unfortunately, it just hasn’t amounted to much in the way of good news.
The network officially released the project on Monday, which means that it’s no longer in their plans. There was talk at one point of saving it until summer, but maybe they didn’t see a natural spot for it on their schedule.
Do we think that this revival is still a smart idea? Sure, but it wasn’t a great fit for a major broadcast network to begin with. This is a project that, in order to really work, needs to be on a cable network at the very least. It’s probably a little too soapy for an HBO, but we could see it working all right on a Lifetime or even a Showtime, if there was any interest there. We unfortunately just don’t see it getting a whole lot of traction beyond this.
If there is any slice of good news in the timing of this announcement, it’s that it gives the entirety of the cast here a little more time to plot over whatever their future moving forward is going to be. For some of them, there could be opportunities through pilot season, and we certainly imagine that Geller is someone studios would want in their cast.
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