Among the handful of shows that we selected as the top new series we can't wait to start watching this winter is Kevin Williamson's suspenseful looking Fox thriller The Following. Fox has wisely been sharing promotional content for the drama over the last couple of months, and among the more recent videos is one that talks about the intentions of serial killer Joe Carroll and Kevin Bacon's character, FBI Agent Ryan Hardy.
The Following stars Kevin Bacon as an FBI agent who's brought out of retirement to pursue convicted serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy). In addition to escaping, Carroll's also been developing a group of devoted followers , which explains the title of the new series.
The video below features clips from the drama, some of which should be familiar if you've seen the previously released trailers and previews. But it also includes series creator Kevin Williamson as well as Bacon and Carroll as they talk about the series.
"He has created a web of serial kills, and he has a big, big plan that only he knows," Purefoy says of his character, Joe Carroll. "I've never seen a show like this on primetime. It gets under your skin in a deep and disturbing way."
"It is a f---in' scary show," Kevin Bacon says.
It sounds scary, and more than that, intriguing, especially the comments about Hardy and Carroll. I like that it sounds like Hardy's not this perfect hero and that maybe coming back to work is redemption for him in some way. As for Carroll, the thought of him helping people tap into their inner serial killer is truly disturbing, but it could make for some really exciting television from a drama perspective. There are certainly places to go with a character like that.
The Following premieres Monday, January 21 on Fox. Read about some of the other shows we're excited for here.