Created by: Kevin Williamson
Starring: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy
Premiering: Monday, January 21 on Fox.
Fox will be treading into darker territory with serial the killer-focused The Following, which comes from Kevin Williamson and stars Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy, an FBI agent who's brought out of retirement to pursue James Purefoy's Joe Carroll, a serial killer who's developed a creepy following with a flare for Edgar Allan Poe.
The Following is brimming with potential, with a set up that could make for some riveting television. What takes the basic cat and mouse concept to the next level is right there in the title. Not only is Joe Carroll a dangerous man with dark intentions (and a murderous history), but he has a devoted following. With that in mind, one becomes many, and that's something that could elevate The Following from intriguing to dark, suspenseful and just the right amount of twisted to keep us on the edge of our seats, if the writing is good and the story doesn't collapse under its own weight as things begin to develop. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen. In the meantime, from what we've seen, The Following looks like it could be one of this season's must-watch dramas.