'The Following': Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy captain the ship

Shippers, start your engines. Ready your Tumblrs. Start combing the works of Edgar Allen Poe for excellent fan fiction titles.FOX's new drama "The Following," from "Scream" scribe Kevin Williamson, is a violent, provocative drama about a serial killer and the man hunting him. But, surprisingly, it's constructed more like a romance. Kevin Bacon plays Ryan Hardy, a booze-soaked former FBI agent who gets pulled back into the job when serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) escapes from death row. Hardy literally wrote the book on Carroll after catching him a decade earlier, following his investigation of a series of Poe-related murders on a university campus. As we'll learn, though, their relationship is far more complicated than your basic criminal-and-cop situation. Carroll is a master of seduction, so charming and compelling that he was able to sway a cult of followers into doing his murderous bidding. Ryan himself was not immune to Carroll's appeal. Because Carroll...



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