The Following premieres Monday January 21 on FOX. The cast, including Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Natalie Zea, Annie Parisse, Shawn Ashmore, Valorie Curry, Adan Cantos, Nico Tortorella, Kyle Catlett, as well as creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson, talked at TCA 2013 about what fans can expect in the show's first season.
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Here are some highlights from the panel:
Anyone can go at any time. Considering The Following is a about a serial killer, the body count is going to be high. When asked about who, if any of the case, were safe, Natalie Zea remarked that "anyone can go at any time."
Kevin Bacon was looking for a TV show for a long time before he found this series. When asked what made him decide to be on the show, Bacon said, "I was looking for a long time, probably three or four years." Once he decided he wanted to do a TV show, he found that he "started to read just one amazing pilot after another." When he got the script for The Following he "could not put it down," because "it was just such a page turner," adding that "given the fast paced, kind of heart pounding nature of it, it still had a lot of great heart and a certain kind of almost sentimentality that I really responded to."
Violence isn't the sum of the show. When asked about the violent content of the show, Kevin Williamson replied that there are some moments that could affect the squeamish and that it's "not for the faint of heart." But he also pointed out there is also a lot of "drama and emotion and a lot of other things running through it," and that though there was violence in the series, "it's not the sum of the show."
The "followers" don't need a lot of convincing to do what they do. James Purefoy spoke about his character's ability to get his disciples to do his bidding, saying "These are people who don't need the slightest bit of convincing to do the things that they do. These are people who have joined up with him because he offers them a nonjudgmental and a safe place to enact the things that they want to do. So these aren't people who were forced to join a cult. These are absolutely willing accomplices."
Purefoy almost did his role with an American accent. Williamson said that when they were first working on Purefoy's character, there was a "debate" as to whether he should be American because he was "worried about the 'Anthony Hopkins' of it all," but as soon as he heard Purefoy read the lines in his British accent, Williamson said to himself "oh yeah, let's do that."
The pilot will feature a three-way (yes, you read that right). Williamson was asked about a strong sexual scene in the pilot and he admitted, "Yeah. There's a three way, but it's very tepid. It's comes out of an emotional place. It comes out of a character place. It's actually a moment when they're coming together in sort of a unified way. I don't think it plays as sexual."
Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy kissed on stay (yes, you read that right, too). One journalist remarked that watching Kevin and James on screen on screen together was very enthralling and often she found herself wishing they would just kiss. To that, Bacon replied, "anything could happen" and then leaned over to lay one on Purefoy. It was the highlight of the panel.
Don't believe me? Check out the pic of the action below.
What do you think after reading the tidbits from the cast about the first season of The Following? Are you more excited to see the show now than before?
The Following Premieres on FOX on Monday January 21 at 9/8c.
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