"The Following," Fox's new highly anticipated psychological thriller is set to premier Jan 21. The show features Kevin Bacon as an FBI agent tracking James Purefoy's serial killer while finding himself in the center of a network of killers that have come together via the Internet and are set to do the bidding of thier leader. Bacon, Purefoy and the shows producer Kevin Reilly sat down to discuss the adrenaline fueled show (LATimes, Jan 6)
"The Following" is Bacon's first full time television role. The actor confessed to being a movie snob and that taking a role on television was the end of an actors career. Watching his wife (Kyra Sedgwick) success on TV helped change his mind. Once he decided to make the jump he still didn't think he would end up on network TV saying "OK, I'll look, but only on Showtime and HBO"
The Emmy nominated actor is no longer a "network snob" is pretty excited about his new role and feels that it will be a hit.
"I think it's going to make a splash. I have a lot of ambitions for this show and I'd like it to be a hit commercially, I'd like it to bring home some trophies — and I'm pretty confident that it will."
The man behind the show, Kevin Williamson brought us the likes of "Scream" "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and "The Vampire Diaries" doesn't want folks thinking that because the show isn't on cable that it doesn't have it's share of gore and violence, it will be apparent pretty quick that the show will rival cable based offerings. Williams came up with idea for the following while making "Scream" and had first planned on a movie, then a cable series but eventually changed his mind.
"After the experience I had with 'The Vampire Diaries,' I wanted to do another show that had that sort of adrenaline rush," Williamson said. "And '24' is like my favorite show of all time and I thought if I could marry those worlds a little bit and just sort of do a fast-paced thriller, that would be fun."
Purefoy, who researched serial killers Jim Jones and Ted Bundy in preparation for his role of Joe Carroll (who's killings are inspired by Edgar Allan Poe) says:
"I find it quite hard to play the part because he's a man who is so deeply nihilistic, so deeply obsessed with and fantasizing about death and the culture of death."