Way back in May it was confirmed that James Purefoy and Kevin Bacon would be coming to your televisions in a series called “The Following”. At that point we knew we were going to have to wait until at least September, possibly January. Well, obviously we didn’t get it in the fall, but we are getting it this winter! “The Following” will debut on Fox on January 21.
They are still adding to the already impressive cast. In addition to the two stars (who I cannot wait to see go head to head), we know that Annie Parisse (“Law & Order”), Natalie Zea (“Justified” – are they just going to write out Wynona along with Raylan’s baby?), Shawn Ashmore (Frozen) and Maggie Grace (Taken, Lock-Out) are all regulars. It’s just been announced that Marin Ireland has landed a role. Ireland, late of “Homeland” (literally – ouch), according to THR, “will play Amanda, a sweet and simple-minded but fragile woman and will first appear in episode 109, with the potential to recur on the series.”
The psychological thriller centers on an Edgar Allan Poe scholar (James Purefoy)-turned-serial killer and stars Kevin Bacon as a damaged FBI agent on the case to recapture the killer and his army of copycats.
I originally noted a similarity between this and Silence of the Lambs, with Purefoy’s Joe Carroll standing in for Hannibal Lector and Bacon’s Ryan Hardy an older but wiser Clarice Starling. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, I’m now thinking it has more in common with another book by Thomas Harris, the prequel to Lambs, “Manhunter”. Purefoy is still Lector-like, but Bacon’s character is more Will Graham. (Again I wonder why, given the films that do end up transitioning to television, why no one has undertaken a form of Thomas Harris’ books or any of the film versions. (Kevin Williamson is the creator and sole credited writer at this point and The Following is not actually a version of any of the above, but it does have some distinct similarities. Check the new trailer and see if you agree.)
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And that was the “ALL – Audiences” Version! Check out the “Intense” Version at the show’s website. (It’s not much different but slightly) They’re both pretty intense. In any case, I’m in. I can’t wait to see how this plays out in primetime and on a regular broadcast channel. Roll on January!