Good news for fans of horrific TV, as FOX just officially picked up Scream series writer Kevin Williamson's new serial killer thriller The Following for a full season order.
Previously known as Mastermind, the series revolves around the complex relationship between good and evil, and just how much they might overlap. Kevin Bacon stars as an emotionally ravaged FBI Agent, who finally took down James Purefoy's serial killer character after an intense man-hunt that left Bacon picking up the pieces of his psyche. The show proper begins with the killer escaping from prison, which sees Bacon's retired agent reactivated and brought back on the case. It isn't that simple though, as it turns out that while in prison Purefoy's killer cultivated a legion of sadistic followers to do his bidding. Now Bacon isn't just hunting one man, but dozens of people.
If you think that this dynamic sounds a bit like The Silence Of The Lambs, you're not alone. Some within the industry are wondering how the show would fare if it ends up being matched up against the new Hannibal series being produced over at NBC, which very well might happen as they're both scheduled to debut in the fall. If I had to chose, I'd pick this show, if only because the Hannibal universe has already been explored at length, while this show offers new characters to get to know. That's just me though, and I don't doubt that the Hannibal Lecter brand name alone will draw viewers.
Natalie Zea (recently of Californication and Justified) and Lost's Maggie Grace fill out the main cast. I guess FOX figures we'll need the eye candy amidst all the graphic violence and gory murder scenes.
Will you "Follow" this new series this fall? Or does it sound too derivative for your tastes?