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First Impression: The Following Takes 'Killer Drama' to a (Too?) Dark New Extreme
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First Impression: The Following Takes 'Killer Drama' to a (Too?) Dark New Extreme

Jan 20 2013, 4:36pm CST | by

There are more than a dozen scripted programs debuting in early 2013, including a new riff on Jekyll and Hyde, Felicity as a 1980s KGB spy and a quirk-free (!?) David E. Kelley drama. To help you...

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First Impression: The Following Takes 'Killer Drama' to a (Too?) Dark New Extreme

Jan 20 2013, 4:36pm CST | by

Review: Fox's The Following

There are more than a dozen scripted programs debuting in early 2013, including a new riff on Jekyll and Hyde, Felicity as a 1980s KGB spy and a quirk-free (!?) David E. Kelley drama. To help you re-prioritize your DVR, TVLine is offering First Impressions of several of the new shows. Next up on our list…

THE SHOW | Fox’s The Following (Mondays at 9/8c, premiering Jan. 21)

THE COMPETITION | The Bachelor (ABC), 2 Broke Girls/Mike & Molly (CBS), Dallas (TNT, returning Jan. 28) and Being Human (Syfy)

RELATED | Kevin Williamson: The Following Is ‘Not for the Faint of Heart’ (And Is Also a Love Story?)

THE CAST | Kevin Bacon (Mystic River), James Purefoy (Rome), Natalie Zea (Justified), Annie Parisse (Person of Interest), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men) and others

THE SET-UP | Elite FBI profiler Ryan Hardy (played by Bacon) is pulled out of retirement (and the bottle) to recapture Joe Carroll (Purefoy), a professor of literature-turned-serial slayer. Thing is, even from behind bars, Carroll is able to motivate a sprawling cult of killers — thus, Hardy’s job won’t be over anytime soon. Zea plays Carroll’s ex-wife/Hardy’s onetime lover Claire, Parisse and Ashmore are FBI agents.

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THE FIRST IMPRESSION | As created by Kevin Williamson (Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and, yes, TV’s Vampire Diaries), The Following seems out to push the broadcast-TV envelope. I mean, this stuff is dark, sometimes as dare-you-to-look chilling as it is breathless and thrilling, as Carroll’s followers oft opt for graphic kills. Ashmore’s agent is a Hardy fanboy anxious to be his No. 2 (and as such perhaps provides the only moments anywhere within 100 miles of levity), while Parisse was added to the mix after the pilot, as the FBI’s cult specialist. Soon enough, the narrative splits between Hardy’s hunt for the latest death-dealing disciple and the überintense, dysfunctional dynamic within Carroll’s core group of “friends.”
     Bacon, evoking a blend of 24‘s Jack Bauer circa Season 3 (when he shook a smack addiction) and Season 6 (reawakening after a Chinese prison stint), delivers a formidable yet fallible hero in his series regular debut, while Purefoy, thanks to flashbacks, is afforded the chance to show the duality of a cretin whose dynamism fosters religious-like worship. Among the supporting cast, Zea surfaces the conflict of a woman alternately wed to a monster and drawn to its slayer (especially a few episodes in), and Valorie Curry (Veronica Mars) makes quite an impression./>

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THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE | If you’ve been hankering for a small-screen Silence of the Lambs (and can’t wait for NBC to book a date for Hannibal proper), The Following may fit the bill, complete with regular Clarice/Hannibal-style horn-locking between Bacon/Purefoy. (The pilot even riffs on what I call the “Silence of the Lambs fake-out.”) But as NBC boss Robert Greenblatt said at TCA this month, it may be best to chase this with a shiny(er)-happy(er) episode of Parenthood or the like. Because even though you may have the stomach for it, I can vouch, four episodes in, that there is a lot to stomach. (Hell, even Criminal Minds allows you a breather every week at 9:55 pm.) The Following certainly owns a niche in its time slot, but will the specific audience it speaks to show up and stick it out?

Watch a video preview for The Following, then vote in our poll below.


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08/13/14: Ryan Seacrest cuts deal for scripted with CBS; Hollywood and beyond mourns Robin Williams; New Girl headed for TBS and MTV

Aug 13 2014 5:17am CDT | Source: Cynopsis Media

CYNOPSIS 08.13.14 Good morning. It’s Wednesday, August 13, 2014, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres: Cooking: Deen of Lean at 9:30p ID: Heartbreakers at 10p Science: Man Vs. the Universe at 10p TNT: Legends at 9p, Franklin & Bash at 10p   Tonight’s Finales: A&E: Duck Dynasty at 9p Bravo: Million Dollar Listing at 9p FXX: Wilfred at 10:30p TV Land: Jennifer Falls at 10:30p A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE LESS THAN A ...
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Robin Williams mourned by his 'Crazy Ones' family

Aug 12 2014 3:03am CDT | Source: TV Tattle on Hitfix

Robin Williams mourned by his “Crazy Ones” family The talent was legendary. But equally inspiring, perhaps more so, was his kindness and humanity,” David E. Kelley said in a statement. “A gentle soul who touched us all. A very special man, and our h ...
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