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Comic-Con: ‘The Following’ Season 3 Complete Reboot, With An Alternate Ending

By | Sunday July 27, 2014 @ 12:14pm PDT

Comic-Con: ‘The Following’ Season 3 Complete Reboot, With An Alternate EndingSpoiler Alert: Story reveals details about The Following season 2 finale and direction of season 3.

Warner Bros. TV’s Comic-Con panel for The Following started with a literal bang this morning, showing an alternative ending where serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) is shot by Lily Gray’s son Mark (Sam Underwood). Commenting on Carroll’s life or death and how it might impact Season 3, creator Kevin Williamson said, “We have a brand new story whether Joe is alive or dead. We don’t know how he’ll appear in season 3. We always saw it as a reset.”  The cast was aware that they were shooting two endings, but did not know which one would ultimately air (we see Carroll being hauled off in chains). Nonetheless, Carroll alive leaves open his possible future involvement.

“There’s a lot of closure and resolution with Joe,” said star Kevin Bacon about the obsession his character, an FBI agent, has had throughout the series.

Other Season 3 details: Bacon’s Agent Ryan Hardy is in a better place with a romantic interest, but his stressful career chasing killers will always get in the way of his evolution. The Following will be set largely in New York this season. Read More »

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TCA: Kevin Williamson Says His ‘Stalker’ Is Different From His ‘The Following’

By | Thursday July 17, 2014 @ 6:23pm PDT

TCA: Kevin Williamson Says His ‘Stalker’ Is Different From His ‘The Following’Maybe it was because the preceding panel dealt with NFL football, but TV journalists butted heads repeatedly at today’s TCA panel with executive producer Kevin Williamson, asking how his new series Stalker is different from his older show on another network that features many similar elements. The EP/creator appeared with stars Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott, but Williamson spent most of his time on the panel explaining why the drama about detectives tracking stalkers is different from his Fox series The Following, which is about an FBI agent tracking a serial killer and his murderous cult (Williamson said Jennifer Johnson has taken over as showrunner of the Fox series).

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Jennifer Johnson Joins ‘The Following’ As Showrunner, Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV

By | Monday June 16, 2014 @ 3:02pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jennifer Johnson Joins ‘The Following’ As Showrunner, Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TVEXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Johnson will be the day-to-day showrunner of Fox drama series The Following for its upcoming third season as part of an overall deal with The Following producer Warner Bros TV. She will replace at the helm of the Kevin Bacon-starring dark thriller creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson, who will remain an executive producer and very involved in the show but will focus his attention on his newest series, fall CBS drama Stalker. Williamson previously made a similar transition from the CW’s The Vampire Diaries, which is now run by co-developer Julie Plec, to The Following.

Image (4) johnsonjennifer1__120329204918-275x367__131009010828.jpg for post 606631This marks Johnson’s return to the WBTV fold where she spent five years before signing an overall deal with 20th TV two years ago. Johnson started at WBTV as a supervising producer on the studio’s CBS crime drama Cold Case, rising to showrunner. Johnson, repped by WME and attorney Matt Johnson, went on to create, executive produce and run the NBC drama Chase, also for WBTV and Bruckheimer TV. She then became showrunner on WBTV’s Fox drama Alcatraz, reuniting with producer J.J. Abrams having previously worked with him on Lost.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NCAA Final Slips, Still Tops, ‘Dream Builders’ Soft Behind ‘Voice’

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It was a Cinderella story in last night’s NCAA basketball tournament championship, NCAA Championship Ratings UConn Kentuckywith Connecticut and Kentucky making it to the title game in a matchup of two of the lower-seeded teams in history to make it that far. But the fairy tale didn’t quite translate to ratings magic, with the numbers expected to be down from last year. (In the rough, not time-zone-adjusted fast nationals, the game drew a 6.0 in 18-49, down 20% from 2014, and 17.8 million viewers, down 14%.) Still, the basketball game towered over the competition, delivering a dominating nightly victory for CBS. NBC’s The Voice (3.4) ended its downward streak, even with last Monday. The network preempted drama The Blacklist to get struggling new Sunday reality series American Dream Builders some sampling behind Voice. It got some extra eyeballs with its best rating to date, but at a 1.6, Dream Builders held onto less than half of its lead-in and was down 43% from what Blacklist most recently logged in the hour. ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (2.1) slipped a tenth from its fast national last Monday (0.2 from the final) for a season low. Castle was a repeat. Fox’s Bones (1.6) was up a tenth from last week for its largest margin so far over lead-out The Following (1.4), flat with last Monday. Yet, in Live+7, the heavily DVR-ed The Following is expected to finish way … Read More »

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‘Tonight Show’ Celebrates 30th Anniversary of ‘Footloose’: Video

By | Saturday March 22, 2014 @ 8:29am PDT

In a nod to baby boomers, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Following star Kevin Bacon celebrated 30th anniversary of Bacon starrer Footloose. Watch here:

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SXSW Q&A: Kevin Bacon On 20 Years Of Six Degrees, ‘Animal House’ & ‘The Following’

By | Sunday March 9, 2014 @ 8:38am PDT

kevin bacon sxswConnectivity was the theme in Austin on Saturday: Kevin Bacon made his first trip to the SXSW Film Festival to chat about his career, including the 20th anniversary of the “six degrees” game that links him to every other actor in Hollywood. The star of Footloose has gone from being “horrified” by the pop phenomenon to embracing it for his charity network: SixDegrees.org. Film veteran Bacon is now starring in the second season of his first TV show, Fox’s The Following, which was just renewed for a third season despite this year’s ratings slip. Bacon reflected on his career with Deadline as SXSW’s 2014 edition kicked off:

SXSW 2014DEADLINE: Your first role was in Animal House, which the recent passing of Harold Ramis brought back into mind. And that role couldn’t be farther from the “Kevin Bacon” audiences have come to know.
KEVIN BACON: Between me and Neidermeyer, he’s the one you want the worst fate to befall. And that’s fun to do. I was so grateful to [John] Landis and Harold Ramis and all those guys for giving me that part. They came to my acting school and I didn’t have an agent, I didn’t have a pot to piss in. When the movie came out I was still a waiter — I had to ask for the night off in order to go to the premiere. So that was a huge movie in my life, but it didn’t change my life, really, other than I thought, “OK, now I’ve actually worked and got paid to be an actor.” But it certainly didn’t put me on the map. It was still a struggle to try and get an agent. It was still a struggle to make ends meet; I ended up waiting tables for quite a few years after the movie came out.

DEADLINE: Why did it take you so long time to come to television with The Following?
BACON: TV has undergone a renaissance, but when I started that just was not the perception. So it was a very difficult decision. Most of it was clouded by my own snobbery. There was a directive amongst my representation to never, ever come to me with a television show because I would perceive that as a vote of no confidence, and it would anger me. And then my focus started to shift. I started to think about all the shows that I was watching and consuming over an entire weekend – The Sopranos, The Wire, Dexter, Six Feet Under. I was seeing iconic performances, not the least of which with [his wife] Kyra [Sedgwick] and seeing her life in the seven years she was on [The Closer]. I went, “Why am I being such an asshole? Why not? What I really love to do is act. Why not put yourself in a situation where you have a greater chance and more time in front of the camera, over the course of months — years, if you’re lucky?” I threw my hat into the ring and said, “OK, I’m open to the idea now.” In the next two weeks I read three or four of the best scripts I’d ever read. Pilots. And I thought, I really have been missing out. Read More »

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Fox Gives Early Renewals To ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, ‘The Mindy Project’, ‘New Girl’ & ‘The Following’

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 4:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Brooklyn-nine-nineThis is gutsy. Fox has handed early renewals for next season to comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl and The Mindy Project and drama The Following. Golden Globe-winning freshman Brooklyn Nine-Nine is picked up for a second season, Mindy and The Following for a third and New Girl for a fourth. They join three other Fox scripted series that already have been picked up for next season: freshman drama Sleepy Hollow; veteran Bones, renewed for a 10th season; and Glee, which has a final sixth season as part of a two-year pickup. That is a lot of programming already locked in for next season though Fox has extra holes to fill following the cancellation of The X Factor. Networks are not required to make any renewal decisions until May, and most wait to see their pilots before making decisions. Fox, of course, declared in January that it was breaking away from the pilot cycle, so the network also may be going on its own timetable with renewals. But most of all, today’s pickups are about Fox brass giving a vote of confidence to series they feel strongly about creatively.

Related: Fox’s Abolishment Of Pilot Season: Practical Guide To How Will It Work

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UPDATE: Sochi Olympics’ First Monday Ratings Down From Vancouver 2010, Even With Torino

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 1:50pm PST

SochiOlympicsNBC__131021180345__140123184857__140127203358UPDATE 1:50 PM: The results are in for NBC‘s primetime coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics last night. The tape-delayed 8-11:02 PM broadcast of the first Monday of the Sochi Games averaged a 12.8/20 national household rating and 22.4 million viewers. That’s down 10% from the 14.2/22 ratings for the almost-live coverage from Vancouver on the comparable day in 2010 (on the Presidents Day holiday) and an 11% drop from the 25.2 million viewers.

Based on the first few nights of the Games, a trend seems to be emerging: In the context of comparing the past two Winter Olympics, the gold goes to Vancouver. However, Monday night’s Sochi ratings and viewership were even with the 12.8/20 results NBC saw for the first Monday of Torino and up 6% in viewership with 21.1 million who watched on the same night eight years ago. Still, the 6.4 rating in adults 18-49 and viewership totals last night gave NBC the strongest primetime performance ever by any network against its rivals on a Monday. The network beat the combined totals of CBS, ABC and Fox by 35% in 18-49 and by 27% in viewers.

Related: Bob Costas Sitting Out Tuesday’s Coverage Due To Eye Infection
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Following’ Slips To Low Post-Super Bowl, ‘Bachelor’ Rises

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 9:07am PST
Nellie Andreeva

the-following-season-2The Super Bowl on Fox may have posted the biggest TV audience ever with 111.5 million, but no halo effect on Fox so far. A day after The Following scored a plum promo spots during the big game, the serial killer drama slipped to a new low. Following logged a 1.9 in adults 18-49 last night, down a tenth from last week’s series low of 2.0. The serialized drama had a stronger lead-in than last week, a new Almost Human (1.8), which too was down (-10%) from its last original on January 13. Read More »

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Super Bowl Fox Promos: ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ & ‘The Following’

By | Sunday February 2, 2014 @ 5:09pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox is using the super precious Super Bowl real estate to push for two new and two current series. The biggest attention is given to event series 24: Live Another Day with a series of teasers leading to a trailer (we’ll post it immediately after it airs), with the upcoming Seth MarFarlane-produced Cosmos revival also getting a promo, along with sophomore drama The Following and reality veteran American Idol. Here is the promo for Cosmos: A Space Odyssey, in which Fox and its partner on the science show National Geographic are hailed as “the bravest networks.” You can also check out what’s coming up on The Following this season.


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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘How I Met Your Mother’s 200th Surges, Lifts CBS Lineup; ‘Following’ Hits Low; ‘Blacklist’ Rebounds

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 10:02am PST
Nellie Andreeva

How Your Mother Met MeCBS How I Met Your Mother already had momentum heading into the final stretch of its nine-season run. Last night the veteran comedy got an extra boost with its 200th episode, which finally revealed the moment the show’s title had been teasing since the pilot, drawing a 3.8 in adults 18-49, up 23% from last week, and 10.7 million viewers, both season highs. It was HIMYM‘s best 18-49 delivery since February 14, 2013, the day after CBS’ broadcast of the Super Bowl, and largest audience since December 2011. The tide lifted all the ships, with the entire CBS Monday lineup posting gains. 2 Broke Girls (3.0, 9.9 million) was up 11%  from last week in the demo and posted season highs in both categories. Mike & Molly (2.6, up 24%, 10.7 million) matched its season high in 18-49 and posted a new one in total viewers. Mom (2.4, up 26%, 9.5 million) logged its best demo rating since the premiere and a series high in viewers. Drama Intelligence (1.5, 6.8 million) once again was an underperformer but it too ticked up (+36% in 18-49) for its best deliveries on Monday. CBS won the night in 18-49 and total viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘The Following’ Up In Return Following Big NFC Championship

By | Monday January 20, 2014 @ 12:50pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

thefollowing_season2UPDATE, 12:50 PM: The numbers for the NFC Championship Game are in, and the competitive matchup that came down to the game’s final drive drew 55.9 million viewers and a 28.5 household rating. That marks Fox’s most-watched non-overtime NFC Championship Game since 1995 and the highest-rated since 1997.

PREVIOUS: The NFL‘s penultimate game of the season — the NFC Championship Game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers — was the only game in town last night, delivering blockbuster ratings from 6:41-9:54 PM. It also powered Fox drama The Following to series highs. The dark thriller opened its second season to a 4.4 rating in adults 18-49 last night, airing at 10:18 PM following the postgame show. That was up 38% vs. Following‘s series premiere last January. It also outperformed significantly the Hawaii Five-0 episode (3.4), which aired on the same night last year following CBS’ coverage of the AFC Championship Game. Read More »

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TCA: Cast Losing Sleep Over Fox’s ‘The Following’

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 4:43pm PST

LisaColumnThe cast of Fox‘s grisly serial-killer series The Following came to TCA to plug the show’s second season, starting this Sunday. During the Q&A, the actors confessed that the work caused them difficulty ranging from trouble sleeping to nightmares to Ambien-induced hallucinations, owing to the subject matter. The actresses on the panel, however, largely brushed off any such suggestion,  illustrating maybe how women working in this industry are taught to dress sexy but talk tough?

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followingShow creator Kevin Williamson, on the other hand, sees the show as his “midlife crisis being vomited up every week.” In this age of technology, he said — noting he was speaking to a hotel ballroom jammed with TV critics manically typing all day long on their Macs  –  “we’re all so lost” and “have such vacant existences.”  The Following, he continued, is about trying to connect, and “if I have to stab someone 20 times to do that, I might just do it.

Related: Q&A: Kevin Bacon

“We live in such a dangerous, sick, twisted time,” Williamson continued, lowering morale in the room — never very high by Day 5 of any press tour — by a good 15%. “This is my wandering, my musing. … Read More »

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Fox Expands ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Finale & Shifts ‘The Following’ Official Premiere By A Week

By | Friday December 6, 2013 @ 2:15pm PST

fox-tv-logo__130727010919-275x119__131022173606-200x86Fans of Ichabod Crane will get a double dose of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow on January 20. The network said today that the freshman supernatural drama will expand to two hours on the date starting at 8 PM. That means the official Season 2 premiere of The Following will shift out of its previously set  slot to 9 PM January 27. The hit Kevin Bacon series will still preview January 19 in the prized slot following the NFC Championship Game as Fox originally designed. The original schedule had Sleepy Hollow moved out of its regular 9 PM slot to an 8 PM finale for The Following to take over the time period. Sleepy Hollow’s last original of the year is December 10 at it was scheduled to come back with originals on January 6. Now return on January 13 to allow for the double-up on January 20.

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Fox Announces Premiere Dates For ‘The Following’, ‘Rake’ & ‘American Idol’

By | Friday October 25, 2013 @ 12:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has set return dates for sophomore drama The Following and American Idol and a premiere date for new drama Rake. Season 13 of American Idol will have a two-night launch January 15-16. Sleepy Hollow will wrap its freshman season on January 20 at 8 PM, leading to the second-season debut of Following, which will succeed Sleepy Hollow, returning to its Monday 9 PM slot. New legal drama Rake will kick off on Sunday, January 19, following the NFC Championship Game, before moving into its Thursday 9 PM berth on January 23. New comedy Enlisted will debut on Friday, January 10. The network also confirmed that new comedy Surviving Jack will air behind Idol on Thursdays for eight episodes in spring (no premiere date set yet) when Idol‘s result show is cut to 30 minutes for the first time, and noted that fellow midseason comedy Us & Them also will have a spring debut. The new season of Fox’s Saturday late-night Animation Domination High-Def block will launch January 11 with Lucas Bros. Moving Co. and Golan The Insatiable. Here are Fox’s midseason premiere date:

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‘Switched At Birth’ & ‘The Following’ Add Recurrings

By | Friday October 11, 2013 @ 5:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Glee alum Max Adler and Sandra Bernhard (Roseanne) are set to recur on ABC Family’s drama series Switched At Birth. Bernhard, repped by Genesis and Progressive Artists Agency, will play Teresa Lubarsky, a groovy art professor at a local college where Bay (Vanessa Marano) is taking classes. Adler, repped by CESD, Justice and Ponder and attorney Derek Kroeger, will play Tank, a fraternity brother Bay befriends in her college art class. The two will make their debut in the third-season premiere airing in January. They join fellow new recurring RJ Mitte who plays Campbell, a pre-med college student paralyzed by a snowboarding accident who works in the free clinic with Daphne (Katie Leclerc). Read More »

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Duo Join Pilot ‘Big Time In Hollywood’; ‘The Following’ & ‘The Originals’ Add Recurring

By | Wednesday August 28, 2013 @ 8:05am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lenny Jacobson (Nurse Jackie) and Jon Bass have been cast in the Ben Stiller-produced Comedy Central pilot Big Time In Hollywood, FL. Written/executive produced by comedy duo Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf, Big Time follows two delusional brothers — Jack (Anfanger) and Ben (Jacobson) — who are self-proclaimed filmmakers, as they are kicked out of their parents’ (Kathy Baker, Stephen Tobolowsky) house and end up on an epic cinematic journey. Bass will play Del, the brothers’ child-like friend. Jacobson, repped by AEF and Pallas Management Group, also recently booked the A+E Networks comedy pilot Whitey and can be seen in the biopic Jobs. Bass, repped by Gersh and Authentic, is coming off his Broadway debut in The Book Of Mormon. He also guest stars in an upcoming episode of HBO’s Girls. Read More »

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EMMYS Q&A: Kevin Bacon

By | Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 1:00pm PDT

Matt Webb Mitovich is an AwardsLine contributor.

He has traveled to the moon, survived Alcatraz, put a few good men on trial and, yes, once almost got arrested for dancing. But in the course of more than 35 years of acting, one of the few things Kevin Bacon never explored was a TV role in a regular series—until Fox’s The Following invited him to hunt down a clever killer. Now, his turn as troubled FBI consultant Ryan Hardy could cop him his first Emmy nomination since the HBO miniseries Taking Chance.

AwardsLine: What exactly was it that led you to your first series regular TV role?
Bacon: You have to keep in mind that it was a different world when I started out. There was a real dividing line between being a television actor and being a film actor. But when (wife) Kyra (Sedgwick) got offered The Closer, it started to open up a new world to me, second hand. I saw the satisfaction she was getting, peeling back layers week after week. Simultaneously, I was catching up on a lot of TV—The Sopranos, The Wire, Dexter. The second I made the call, “OK, I’m interested in looking at television,” I was reading all of this great stuff. I simultaneously started developing (projects at Showtime and HBO), and after a few years of that, The Following came along.

AwardsLine: Having inhabited a variety of roles over your career, what’s the challenge of playing a hero versus the colorful bad guy?
Bacon: I’ll speak just to this character: It has to be small, it has to have subtlety, it has to be a lot about what’s not said and what’s not shown, and you have to trust that people will come to him without him saying, “Please love me.” But if I’m playing someone who is more of a villain, I’m going to try and find what the humanity is—maybe it’s a sense of humor, a charm or a swagger, or a sexuality, so it’s not just, “He’s so bad.” Conversely, with a heroic character, I want us to find out, “What’s damaged about him? How does he fuck up?” With The Following, we talked a lot about how I don’t want him to be infallible—here he goes again, kicking ass and taking no names. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bones’ & ‘The Following’ Finales Up, ‘The Voice’ & ‘Revolution’ Hit Season Lows, ‘DWTS’ Down

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 9:12am PDT

It was a full house on all the networks as we’re now in the first full week of the May sweep. On Fox, there also were finales for Bones (2.1/6) and The Following. The Season 8 finale of the crime comedy-drama Bones was up both from last year and last week, besting its previous season-ender from May 14, 2012 by 11%. Bones was also up 5% in adults 18-49 from its April 22 show. In terms of viewers, the 7.1 million who watched last night was almost even with the 7.2 million of last year’s closer and matched the number who tuned in last week. After a season of ups and downs, freshman The Following (2.6/7) ended high. The Kevin Bacon-starrer was up 8% from last week’s show to hit its best 18-49 rating since March 11. In terms of network rivalry, last night saw The Following beat NBC’s Revolution in the key demo for a second week in a row. Read More »

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