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THE FOLLOWING

THE FBI estimates there are currently over 300 active serial killers in the United States. What would happen if these killers had a way of communicating and connecting with each other? What if they were able to work together and form alliances across the country? What if one brilliant psychotic serial killer was able to bring them all together and activate a following? Welcome to THE FOLLOWING, the terrifying new thriller from creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Dawson’s Creek,” the “Scream” franchise). When notorious serial killer JOE CARROLL (James Purefoy, “Rome”) escapes from death row and embarks on a new killing spree, the FBI calls former agent RYAN HARDY (Emmy-nominated actor Kevin Bacon, “X-Men: First Class”) to consult on the case. Having since withdrawn from the public eye, Hardy was responsible for Carroll’s capture nine years ago, after Carroll murdered 14 female students on the Virginia college campus where he taught literature. Hardy is a walking textbook of all-things Carroll. He knows him better than anyone; he is perhaps Carroll’s only psychological and intellectual match. But the Ryan Hardy who broke the Carroll case years ago isn’t the same man today. Wounded both physically and mentally by his previous pursuit of this serial killer, it’s been a long time since Hardy has been in the field. This investigation is his redemption, his call to action. In contrast to nine years ago, Hardy isn’t calling the shots on this case. He works closely with an FBI team, which includes all-business and tough-as-nails JENNIFER MASON (Jeananne Goossen, “The Vow,” ALCATRAZ) and young, razor-sharp MIKE WESTON (Shawn Ashmore, “X-Men”). The team considers Hardy to be more of a liability than an asset. But Hardy proves his worth when he uncovers that Carroll was covertly communicating with a network of killers in the outside world. It quickly becomes obvious that he has more planned than just a prison escape, and there’s no telling how many additional killers are out there. The FBI’s investigation leads Hardy to CLAIRE MATTHEWS (Natalie Zea, “Justified”), Carroll’s ex-wife and mother of the criminal’s 10-year-old son, JOEY (newcomer Kyle Catlett). Close during Hardy’s initial investigation, Hardy turns to Claire for insight into Carroll’s next move. The tension rises when Carroll’s accomplices kidnap his intended last victim from nine years ago. Hardy becomes ever more determined to end Carroll’s game when he realizes that this psychopath intends to finish what he started. The thriller will follow Hardy and the FBI as they are challenged with the ever-growing web of murder around them, masterminded by the devious Carroll, who dreams of writing a novel with Hardy as his protagonist. The reinvigorated Hardy will get a second chance to capture Carroll, as he’s faced with not one but a cult of serial killers.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Warner Bros. Television, Outerbanks Entertainment, Bonanza Productions Inc.

CREATOR/WRITER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Kevin Williamson

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Marcos Siega

CAST: Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy, James Purefoy as Joe Carroll, Jeananne Goossen as Agent Jennifer Mason, Natalie Zea as Claire Matthews, Kyle Catlett as Joey Matthews, Shawn Ashmore as Agent Weston, Valorie Curry as Denise, Adan Canto as Billy Thomas, Nico Tortorella as Will Wilson

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Kevin Williamson has done it again with serial killers! I had faith in him that the show would be good (well at least the pilot) because he just writes serial killer stories to well. I know I should've seen who the "followers" were going to be but I was surprised. I love Maggie, she's beautiful, so I was a bit disappointed that her character died in the pilot. James Purefoy is really good and it's going to be fun watching him.

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Last night's episode was great.

How much do you want to bet that Paul and Jacob did end up having a sexual relationship, and is the secret that Paul alludes to in the preview?

Emma seriously needs to get killed off sooner than later. The character makes my skin crawl.

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The show actually went up in demos! Even though CBS comedies didn't air, that's still a great sign that it went up in its second week. Yeah, Paul seemed very jealous of Emma, so I think you could be right, Shawn. Emma stabbing her mom with the kitchen knife startled me. So did the scene when the guy in the mask charged after Ryan. The suspense on this show is so good. I'm always on the edge of my seat. I wonder if Debra is a follower but that could be a red herring.

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Last night's episode was great.

How much do you want to bet that Paul and Jacob did end up having a sexual relationship, and is the secret that Paul alludes to in the preview?

Emma seriously needs to get killed off sooner than later. The character makes my skin crawl.

I am so into this show! Is Emma the annoying loser that her mom picked on her? If it is, can't stand her!!

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I am so into this show! Is Emma the annoying loser that her mom picked on her? If it is, can't stand her!!

Yeah, she's that crazy biznitch. I really hope that her story arc is short. Hopefully the "gay" guys will decide to off her. :)

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I agree, it's kind of a mess. More importantly: how would this concept continue into a second season? I somehow don't foresee it lasting.

That been an issue I've seen with a number of shows recently like Last Resort, Revenge, Deception, Pretty Little Liars, etc... where the premise behind the shows is more suitable to a miniseries than a continuing drama. I wish the networks would go back to doing miniseries.

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That been an issue I've seen with a number of shows recently like Last Resort, Revenge, Deception, Pretty Little Liars, etc... where the premise behind the shows is more suitable to a miniseries than a continuing drama. I wish the networks would go back to doing miniseries.

Or even shows that last one or two seasons. I think there might be a market for that.

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I really enjoy the psychological stuff and the suspense

When Mike mention he was the 2nd youngest in the B.A.U., I realized this show is a better version of Criminal Minds because it deals with one storyline. The best Criminal Minds episodes/stories are the ones that last multiple episodes.

I agree, it's kind of a mess. More importantly: how would this concept continue into a second season? I somehow don't foresee it lasting.

Different serial killers, different cults.

You called it, Shawn, the gay guys did hook up.

The show fooled me again with Maggie. I didn't realize that Maggie was a Follower until she and the Troy got back to the house and he was the only FBI agent protecting her. I'm disappointed he died because he was one of the main FBI agents. So, the Followers are going to make Joey a future serial killer by teaching him how to kill at such a young age. That's sick. Poor Claire.

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