“Cruel Intentions” season 1 hasn’t been picked up by NBC, but the series hasn’t been passed on by the network either. Ahead of its anticipated pilot episode, executive producer Jordan Ross dropped some major spoilers from the series.
While speaking with TV Line at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con, Ross confirmed that “Cruel Intentions” will pick up nearly two decades after the events that took place in the 1999 film. During that time, Bash Casey (Taylor John Smith) turned to his aunt Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) for some answers about his past. Bash happens to be the secret son of Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon) and Sebastian Valmort (Ryan Phillippe).
Meanwhile, Ross is very happy with Gellar’s portrayal of Kathryn despite not giving life to the character for almost 20 years to date. “She’s incredible. She just steps back into that role. Kathryn’s as manipulative as ever, but she’s maybe a little bit more calculated. She’s learned her lesson from what happened 17 years ago. So every move she makes is a little more subtle until, finally, she makes her move,” he said.
In other news, Ross is still very much positive when it comes to “Cruel Intentions” actually getting picked up by the NBC network. As of late, there are ongoing rumors that the series may be released in the summer of 2017. There are also some speculations that “Cruel Intentions” might be up for a streaming-only rollout. According to the exec, all of the cast members are still very much on board to star in the series regardless of when the pilot will air.
He added that the fans of the original movie are all rooting for “Cruel Intentions” to be released under a television network.
While speaking with Variety, NBC boss Bob Greenblatt said, “We’re still discussing it… It falls under the heading of embarrassment of riches. It’s a bit of an outlier for us. There’s no other show like it on our schedule. We like it, we’re still discussing it and we’re trying to figure it out.”