'Cult' first look plus more from 'The Carrie Diaries': The CW's midseason lineup

carrie-diaries-the-cw-art.jpgDon't worry: Matt Davis won't be gone from The CW for too long. Although he's done on "The Vampire Diaries," the actor is heading back to the network at midseason for the creepy-sounding new drama, "Cult." Joining him is AnnaSophia Robb, who stars in the "Sex and the City" prequel "The Carrie Diaries." Both shows will hit The CW sometime in early 2013.

Unfortunately, we haven't seen any photos of Davis in his new show, but we do have a shot of Robert Knepper as Billy Grimm/Roger Reeves and Alona Tal as Kelly/Marti in the new series. The CW has also released two new photos from "The Carrie Diaries" -- the first shot of the pilot was released back in March.

Here are the official descriptions of each show, per The CW:

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It's 1984, and life isn't easy for 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw (Robb). Since their mother passed away, Carrie's younger sister Dorritt is more rebellious than ever, and their father Tom is overwhelmed with the responsibility of suddenly having to care for two teenage girls on his own. Carrie's friends -- sweet, geeky Mouse, sarcastic and self-assured Maggie and sensitive Walt -- make life bearable, but a suburban life in Connecticut isn't doing much to take her mind off her troubles. And even though the arrival of a sexy new transfer student named Sebastian (Austin Butler) brings some excitement to Carrie's world, she is struggling to move on from her grief. So when Tom offers Carrie the chance to intern at a law firm in Manhattan, she leaps at the chance. Carrie's eyes are opened wide at the glamour and grit of New York City -- and when she meets Larissa, the style editor for Interview magazine, she's inspired by the club culture and unique individuals that make up Larissa's world. Carrie's friends and family may have a big place in her heart, but she's fallen in love for the first time with the most important man in her life - Manhattan.

"Cult"
Investigative journalist Jeff Sefton (Davis) has learned to laugh off his brother Nate's relentless string of obsessions, especially his latest rant that a hit TV show intends to harm him. However, when his brother mysteriously disappears, Jeff takes Nate's paranoia seriously, and in the process uncovers the dark underworld of the TV show "Cult" and its rabid fans. The only person who seems willing to help Jeff with his investigation is Skye (Jessica Lucas), a young research assistant for "Cult," who has also started to grow suspicious of the increasingly dark happenings surrounding the show. The fictitious show, centered on the cat-and-mouse game between charismatic cult leader Billy Grimm (Knepper) and LAPD detective Kelly Collins (Tal), has become an obsession for its viewers -- and now some of its devotees seem to be taking their fixation to deadly extremes in the real world. As Jeff and Skye dig deeper into the fan world, they discover that the gruesome plot twists on television are much more than fantasy for some very unfortunate people. The hardcore fans of "Cult" would kill to see what happens next...

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