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'The Following' Premieres on Fox Tonight

With a literary theme centering around Edgar Allan Poe, “The Following,” starring Kevin Bacon, premieres on Fox tonight. A psychological thriller from Kevin Williamson, known for “The Vampire Diaries,” “Dawson’s Creek” and the “Scream” movies, “The Following” is about former FBI agent Ryan Hardy’s (played by Bacon) attempt to find escaped serial killer Joe Carroll (played by James Purefoy).

A literature teacher at a college in Virginia, Carroll killed 14 female students there and has since been communicating with a network of cult followers. It’s up to Hardy, who broke the case years ago, to figure out what Carroll is up to, especially after his followers kidnap his intended last victim who got away. The Poe theme comes from Carroll himself, who has sort of a fetish and uses passages from the writer’s work to explain his actions. A new poster for the series shows a woman covered in writing, which seems to be “The Raven” written on her back and Poe’s famous quote that “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”

We’re not sure about the Poe angle – it was kind of already done in last year’s “The Raven” movie with John Cusack, which did not get good reviews – but we’ll give “The Following” a chance. It’s Kevin Bacon’s first time in a starring role on TV and was filmed in Atlanta.

Watch tonight at 9/8 central on Fox. 

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  • Rachael / January 23, 2013

    This show has a very interesting literary premise that interested me and though I heard that lots of people think it’s too gory for network TV, I think it’s nice to have something so grown up on TV. My DISH co-worker saw the show’s premiere and had nothing but good things to say about it. I still have to play catch up since I was at work the night it aired. I’ve got my DISH Hopper recording the show and thanks to the PrimeTime Anytime feature I don’t have to set any timers for the show. It automatically records all prime time shows on ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC seven days a week and that means I won’t miss anything.