At long last, what may very well be Fox's best new drama of the season arrives on Monday. The Following star Kevin Bacon spoke to the press on a conference call today, giving us a few interesting insights about the show and his character Ryan Hardy, an FBI agent who's brought out of retirement when serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) escapes from prison.
The Following marks a pretty major shift for Kevin Bacon, whose TV roles in recent years have been limited to the occasional guest appearance, and even those have been too few and far between. The actor tends to stick to features. But from what Bacon tells us, he's been in the market for a good TV project for a few years.
While he's never starred in a TV show, Bacon has done a bit of directing for television, having helmed a handful of episodes of The Closer, which stars his wife Kyra Sedgwick. But Bacon never actually appeared in the TNT drama, and from what he says (when asked if Sedgwick might guest star), it doesn't sound like Sedgwick will appear in The Following - at least, not anytime soon.
I love that answer, not just because he leaves it somewhat open-ended, but because he acknowledges the stunt casting element that comes into play when you bring in the spouse of the star of the show to play a guest role. Sure, it would be fun to see the two of them on screen together, but in a suspenseful series such as The Following, it might actually be too much of a distraction. And it feels a bit gimmicky.
A few more spoilery tidbits after the jump! Here's where things get just a bit more spoilery (no major reveals, just some interesting character commentary), so read on with that in mind.
Speaking of the series itself, the dynamic between Bacon's character FBI agent Ryan Hardy and Purefoy's serial killing Joe Carroll is one of the most compelling aspects of the series. Hardy's kind of a loner who's dedicated but not much of a people person. Carroll, on the other hand, has the kind of magnetism that makes people crave his attention. In fact, it's his charismatic nature that allows him to develop the dark following of people we begin to see at the start of the series. But how does Ryan Hardy feel about Joe? From what Bacon says, it sounds like that answer is complicated, but it will be addressed directly with a flashback episode at some point during the series…
If you've seen the previews, clips and trailers and you think you're going to like this show, be excited, because you probably will. We'll have more to say on that when we share our review. In the meantime, take Bacon's word for it…
The Following premieres Monday, January 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET on Fox.
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