I watch a lot of TV. Pretty much all the major shows anyone talks about I’m in on it. But I usually only blog about shows I think are seriously legit or worthwhile. Like I recently caught up on all of the Walking Dead and all of American Horror Story and they’re entertaining, just not worth writing about. But this new show The Following is worth your time. It sounds weird to be down with a show on FOX – usually all those network shows suck – but I’m all in on it. The story is an ex-FBI agent (Kevin Bacon) is called out of “retirement” to track down an escaped serial killer he single handedly caught 10 years ago. In the process of tracking him down, we learn he murdered over 14 women and now has a cult of those fucked up people who get obsessed with serial killers and will do anything he says. He’s got a whole network of people on the outside who have infiltrated friends, family and enemies ready to carry out his legacy.
The pilot that aired this past Monday is sick. Packed more into one hour of TV than most shows do in like 3 weeks. More twists and turns in one episode than I’ve seen in a while. People stabbing themselves in the eyeballs. Backstabbing, kidnappings. If my count is right there was about 7 or 8 murders. So the real reason I’m blogging about it is I don’t want it to go the way of so many of these network shows that bite the bullet because of ratings. Ordinarily the big networks run garbage like the Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls because its generic bullshit that garners viewers and they’ll axe a quality show half way through season 1 because of numbers. But The Following has already shot all of Season 1 – it airs for the next 14 Weeks in a row on Monday night, no breaks. Pick it up now and make sure it beats out all the other basic TV bullshit to lock in another season. To be honest the pilot was so fucking crazy and action packed I don’t even know how many seasons it could last, but I wanna find out.
PS – This show absolutely deserves to be on Showtime or HBO. I have no idea how it ended up on basic cable. Sucks.