[TV] Full Trailer And New Poster For Kevin Williamson’s “The Following”

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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) and director Marcos Siega (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Dexter”)!

Now we’ve got the full trailer. It looks fairly interesting, but I kind of doubt it will push my buttons in the way that my favorite shows do. Tonally I’m getting a heavy procedural vibe even if the show ends up bucking that structure. What do you think?

Head inside to check it out. I’ve also included the older, shorter, promo from a few months back. “The Following” premieres January 21, 2013 on Fox.

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 Having since withdrawn from the public eye, Hardy was responsible for Carroll’s capture nine years ago, after Carroll murdered 14 female students on the Virginia college campus where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.

  • Aaron Emery

    I was kinda hoping for a Williamson type twist on the procedural drama, but instead got that cheesy dialogue about sequels and rewrites. Still crossing my fingers that he may do something different with it, but it doesn’t look that way.

  • Mr.Mirage

    SO… Williamson basically took the initial premise from Red Dragon and made a TV show out of it. FBI agent with particular talent for tracking serial killer catches worst/best ever, gets a nice flesh carving and is called back…

    While I am really okay with that, and Kevin Bacon on series TV is an interesting notion…. apparently mainstream air programmers have yet to puzzle out what cable has done with television as a medium. We like our villains… it would be much more interesting if Bacon was the villain, and we see it more through his eyes.

    I will give it a go, just to see Bacon return to the genre. Hey, I like Bacon! (Make of that what you will…)

  • laurasaur11

    I would be way more excited about this if it were on FX or AMC or another cable channel but I’m not sure how a network channel like FOX can do with a show that requires so much gore and horror. I”l be checking it out though just in support of horror on tv and Kevin Bacon

  • http://thefilmpolice.blogspot.com/ Armand DC

    As far as serial killers go, Dexter will always win me.