Jeannane Goossen, Kevin Bacon
Saturday night, BBC America introduced Ripper Street, a 19th-century procedural haunted by the grisly barbarism of Jack the Ripper. Now comes Fox's much scarier, infinitely more graphic The Following (Monday, 9/8c), a gruesomely chilling no-holds-barred thriller that owes a morbid debt to the macabre imaginings of Edgar Allan Poe.
Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy
Chances are you've probably heard a lot about Fox's new serial killer drama The Following.
It's violent. It's suspenseful. It's often terrifying. And someone does something unimaginable with an ice pick in the very first episode. But according to creator and executive producer Kevin Williamson (Dawson's Creek, The Vampire Diaries), it's also a love story.
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The story goes like this: Literature professor Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) brings his obsession with the works of Edgar Allan Poe to life by murdering 14 co-eds before being caught by FBI Agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon, making his TV series debut), who now wears a pacemaker as a permanent reminder of the encounter. After beginning and ending a relationship with Carroll's wife Claire (Natalie Zea) and going on an alcohol-soaked downward spiral, Ryan is called back to duty when Carroll escapes from prison just days before he's set to be executed....
Fox is bringing home the Bacon.
For his first regular series role since playing troubled teen lush Tim "TJ" Werner on CBS' Guiding Light in 1981, Kevin Bacon is going even darker, and it's a killer fit. Just don't call The Following another police procedural. Even though the ink-black thriller centers on the hunt for a madman's cult of homicidal fans, "I was not interested in playing that procedural formula," says Bacon, 54, looking relaxed and boyishly shaggy in his trailer on the show's Brooklyn set. "That is something I asked about a lot."
Kevin Williamson, whose new series The Following is about a serial killer and his cult-like acolytes, admits that he can't help but be influenced by the mass shootings at Columbine, Aurora and Sandy Hook when writing his stories. But in the same breath, he wants people to know that his stories are works of fiction. "We were all traumatized by [these events], and it reached a moment when it's all too real [and] it affected me, so when I take pen to paper there's a reaction to it. But I'm just writing; I'm a storyteller," Williamson told critics at the TCA's winter TV previews.
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The Vampire Diaries has added one more vampire.
Elena met her fate in the Season 3 finale after her fateful trip over Wickery Bridge left her on a slab in the morgue. But don't worry: She will be back next season, along with her portrayer, Nina Dobrev, who joined the rest of the cast and executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson at their Comic-Con panel, moderated by TV Guide Magazine's Debra Birnbaum, on Saturday dish about the upcoming season. (Turns out, Elena was supposed to become a vampire in Season 2, so this has been a long time coming!)
Lea Michele, Mindy Kaling
Glee is on the move! The musical series will shift to Thursdays this fall to make way for Fox's new Tuesday comedy block that will include Mindy Kaling's series.
Season 4 of Glee will follow The X Factor in the fall and American Idol in the spring ...
Lost alum Maggie Grace has landed a major recurring role on Showtime's Californication, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Kiefer Sutherland, Sarah Jones, George Stults
Good news and bad news at Fox on Wednesday.
The network axed freshman series Alcatraz and The Finder, while renewing Kiefer Sutherland's Touch, according to Deadline and their sister site TVLine. Fox declined to comment until their Upfront presentation next week.
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Vampire Diaries, Dawson's Creek
It's you and me, Stefan, always."
Those are the words that The Vampire Diaries' Elena Gilbert said to Stefan Salvatore in Season 2 when she offered to feed him her blood to build up his strength, and prove to him that they were in this battle together.
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But does that phrase sound slightly familiar?