Top Moments: The Following's Eye-Opener and the Ends of Fringe, Private Practice

Our top moments of the week: 15. Creepiest Misunderstanding: When New Girl 'sJess discovers that one of her students is drawing mutilated deer, Nick thinks it's a warning sign of his impending homicidal tendencies. So he investigates. Of course he and Jess get caught red-handed at his house, where they learn that he doesn't want to kill his teacher, he's just working on a graphic novel. But there are stillhorrors to behold: The feisty older woman who lives with the student isn't his mom; it's his girlfriend. 14. Wettest Hook-Up:   Get your minds out of the gutter, readers! When Mindy tries to orchestrate a casual hook-up with...

The Following: The Next Greatest Serial Killer Drama?

With successful serial killer dramas like Dexter and Criminal Minds already captivating audiences of the silver screen, what is it that separates Kevin Bacon's new serial killer drama, The Following , from the rest? One word: originality. Originality is what drew viewers to Showtime's hit TV show adaptation of Jeff Lindsay's Dexter novels, and now originality is what separates The Following . It is in no way similar to the twisted first person dark avenger drama that is Dexter and is not a procedural like Criminal Minds . Instead it is a chilling take on the modern serial killer, who not only possesses the sociopathic nature to be an infamous killer, but also possesses the charisma and charm to cultivate an obsessive, cult-like following. In its pilot episode, The Following seduces its viewers in believing the show will follow a straight forward plot; serial killer escapes from jail and resumes his murderous rampage. However, as more and more twists and turns begin to define this dark and thrilling drama, audiences realize the show they originally thought to be simple is anything but. Just as killer Joe Carroll uses Edgar Allen Poe to not only inspire his kills, but to symbolize them; the show often uses Poe symbolism themselves with their use of loud thundering sounds of heart beats ("The Tell-Tale Heart") in several sequences. The literary symbolism along with the suspenseful and mind-boggling twists and turns command the first installment of The Following , making it a must-see show of the new year. A crucial aspect as to why this show is so good, it the cast. Kevin Bacon headlines the show as Ryan Hardy, the off duty FBI agent that is thrust back into action when the killer he once caught is on the loose again. Bacon digs deep into his role to convey his character's hardships, while also giving audiences a protagonist they not only yearn to learn more about, but a protagonist that they can root for. As the charming yet sadistic, Edgar Allen Poe worshiping killer Joe Carroll, James Purefoy brings to screen a character that can easily be seen as hated by many, but also acquires the charisma and passion to be worshiped by some. Full of pulse-pounding moments and clever writing, The Following proves to be the next greatest serial killer drama. As for what comes next... you will just have to follow to find out.

The Following Is Off to a Good Start in the Ratings

The Following may have found one: Kevin Bacon's Fox thriller premiered to 10.4 million viewers on Monday, making it the most-watched episode of any scripted series this season on the network. More important, among Fox's target audience of adults under 50, The Following averaged a 3.1 rating. That ties it with CBS's Elementary as the second highest-rated drama debut of the season (both are behind NBC's Revolution , which has gotten a massive boost by airing behind The Voice ). Another good sign for The Following : Its audience ticked up at the half-hour, perhaps indicating viewers weren't totally grossed out by the show's intensely creepy and often violent vibe. Of course, it's still early: A year ago this January, Fox debuted Alcatraz in the same time slot, drawing nearly as many viewers and actually earning a slightly higher rating (3.3) in Fox's key demo. Ratings quickly fell, however, and the show didn't make it to a second season. For now, however, Fox's winter is off to a much better start than its awful autumn .

'The Following' Premiere: Kevin Bacon Faces Killer Cult

A taut first hour heralded the network debut of Kevin Bacon in his first television role. He stars opposite the deliciously sinister James Purefoy in Fox's " The Following ." The new series spent the first hour introducing the two men who's cat-and-mouse relationship first drew Bacon to the project . Purefoy is Joe Carroll, a charismatic serial killer with an Edgar Allan Poe obsession. Bacon's Ryan Hardy was the FBI agent who managed to capture him, and save his final victim from death. She stood at the center of this new story as well, taking place almost a decade later. Carroll was determined to finish his life's work, and she was the last piece left unfinished -- which in this case means still alive. What Hardy learned through the hour was that Carroll had spent his time in prison amassing a group of followers -- or "friends," as Carroll called them -- to pick up the pieces of his killing ways. Through a carefully orchestrated master plan three years in the making, that last victim's neighbors were Carroll plants. They helped him get his hands on her, and complete his personal masterpiece. But the story is yet to be told. His new plan is to collaborate on a new story, with Hardy as his flawed protagonist. How many followers he has remains to be seen. Thus far, viewers have met four of them. Carroll's son's babysitter turned out to be one of them. She kidnapped the boy for reasons yet to be seen. Will you be following "The Following"? The serial (killer) drama continues on Mondays at 9 p.m. EST on Fox. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser.

'The Following': Natalie Zea Previews Fox's Psychological Thriller From Kevin Williamson

UPDATED: When viewers first meet Claire Matthews, ex-wife of serial killer Joe Carroll, Zea says, "She is a person who is carrying around a tremendous amount of guilt. She's questioning everything."

'The Following' Star James Purefoy On Violence In The Media & More

When " The Following " premieres tonight (Monday, January 21 at 9 p.m. EST on Fox), viewers will meet the charismatic serial killer known as Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), a man who has somehow been able to inspire an army of loyal followers to carry out untold grisly crimes in his name, even from his cell on Death Row. Retired FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) is always one step behind, working to predict Joe's next move before anyone else is killed. The cat-and-mouse relationship between the two is a large part of what makes the new drama so compelling. Read More...

The Following: Violent Serial Killer Drama or Tragic Love Story?

Chances are you've probably heard a lot about Fox's new serial killer drama The Following . It's violent. It's suspenseful. It's often terrifying. And someone does something unimaginable with an ice pick in the very first episode. But according to creator and executive producer Kevin Williamson ( Dawson's Creek , The Vampire Diaries ), it's also a love story. The story goes like this: Literature professor Joe Carroll ( James Purefoy ) brings his obsession with the works of Edgar Allan Poe to life by murdering 14 co-eds before being caught by FBI Agent Ryan Hardy ( Kevin Bacon , making his TV series debut), who now wears a pacemaker as a permanent reminder of the encounter. After beginning and ending a relationship with Carroll's wife Claire ( Natalie Zea ) and going on an alcohol-soaked downward spiral, Ryan is called back to duty when Carroll escapes from prison just days before he's set to be executed....

THE FOLLOWING’s Kevin Williamson: “I Don’t Sit Down to Write the Horror; I Sit Down to Write the Moment After It’

Fox’s THE FOLLOWING finally has its series debut tomorrow night (that’s Monday, January 21st at 9 PM), and there’s been a whole lot of talk about it being too violent, too gory, too [insert your choice criticism here]. And while I’m not going to lie and say this show is for every single person — [...]

The Following (FOX) “Pilot” Season Premiere

The Following  episode 1 premieres Monday, Jan. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis :Former FBI agent , RYAN HARDY (Kevin Bacon) is called out of retirement  to track down  JOE CARROLL (James Purefoy) after he escapes from prison. Hardy works closely with an FBI team, which includes young, razor-sharp MIKE WESTON (Shawn Ashmore). The investigation also leads Hardy back to CLAIRE MATTHEWS (Natalie Zea), Carroll’s ex-wife and the mother of the criminal’s young son, JOEY (newcomer Kyle Catlett). Hardy soon discovers that Carroll has an ever-growing cult of followers in the series premiere “Pilot” episode of THE FOLLOWING airing Monday, Jan. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. READ MORE...