‘The Following’ Renewed for Season 2

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 1st, 2013 at 9:33 am,

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Serial killer dramas have become quite the reliable sub-genre for television in recent years. Shows like Dexter and NBC’s upcoming Hannibal explore the dark and dangerous minds of killers on a weekly basis, and in many cases, audiences are fascinated with the results.

So when FOX launched The Following in January, the network received tons of advance buzz regarding the series. After all, the show is headlined by Kevin Bacon and is created by writer Kevin Williamson of the Scream films and current TV hit The Vampire Diaries. On that name recognition alone, The Following had a lot to live up to.

Only six episodes have aired, but already the show has met FOX’s expectations and received renewal for season 2. Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment at FOX released the following statement regarding the show’s return next season:

“From the very beginning, we felt Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega had created a high-
quality, edge-of-your-seat drama that could break from the pack, and it is exciting to see the
audience responding. Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy have given us two of the
most compelling characters on television and the entire cast is incredible. I’m delighted to have
this thrill ride continue on FOX for another season.”

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Given the overwhelmingly positive response The Following has received since its premiere (including our own review), the show’s renewal for season 2 isn’t much of a surprise. The series’ unique take on the genre – which involves an incarcerated killer (Purefoy) with legions of disciples on the outside – lends it a more original approach to the slasher-of-the-week format of other series, and allows for a developing conflict between the two leads.

In addition, The Following‘s ratings already place it among the highest rated dramas of the season. It remains to be seen whether or not the show can sustain that audience over several seasons, but thus far, it appears that FOX has a bonafide hit on its hands.

Are you excited that The Following is sticking around for season 2? Let us know in the comments.

The Following airs Monday nights at 9/8c on FOX.

Source: FOX

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  1. So thrilled for a season 2!

  2. Can’t wait love the show

  3. I like that when Ryan shoots he really kills, but the show is full of clichés, which has been improved of quality during its evolution. But still amazing for Kevin Bacon, he is a hell of a figure

  4. The Following is a sick show. I will not watch another season!

  5. I love it!!! Can’t wait for season 2!!!!!!

  6. I love this show and I am super excited about season 2! It’s an edge of your sit movie night every week!

  7. Yes people like s***, I like s*** or is it actually good? Well that is obviously debateable. Needless to say after watching the first four episodes and almost deleting it after each one I plan on watching the entire season tonight, Why? you may ask, It is well filmed with interesting mostly good looking characters and it flows like a soap opera. Lets face it we like soap operas or stories if you prefer. Needless to say it appeals to my stupid side but it does appeal so at this point all i can say is I like s***!!!! And to join a cult or any group that can actually achieve its goals my god that in itself is awesome! Hahaha! So Viva La Following and great stories!!

  8. This show sucks big time it makes law enforcement look like a total joke and the plot is not strong whatsoever The writers of this series should be totally ashamed of themselves and taken out back to have eggs thrown at them. What a waste

    • It was just as terrible in season one. That’s why it flopped. Except Kevin Reilly is so desperate to pretend he has hits, he renewed it.

      Given he renewed the ridiculously low-rated Dads, New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (can’t admit his Tuesday night is a joke right?) there’s hope for a third, fourth and fifth season.

      Meanwhile FOX has become a complete joke.

  9. Series is awesome – Kevin Bacon always give value for money. Please renew!

  10. Loved the show…at first! Thought it looked promising but after every show, I feel frustrated and find myself screaming at the television! Do the writers think that the law in real life is that dumb? I can’t believe that the bad guys can be 10 steps ahead of the good guys 99 percent of the time! The other one percent…the good guys get really close but not without TONS of bloodshed! I like to watch a show where you can enjoy a victory with the good guys on occasion! I now realize, this show is not worth watching. Deleted it from my DVR list. I enjoy a good drama as I’m sure many people do, but there’s absolutely nothing feel good about this show!

    • And they didn’t believe me when I said it had low ratings that would inevitably go lower…

      You could call that one in Braille (as Chick Hearn used to say!)

  11. Fantastic story, totally gripping – that is it would be if all the action did not take place in pitch black – can’t see what’s happening guys – please rectify for season 3 – let’s substitute torches for knives, perhaps?

  12. How about we substitute torches and knives for viable storytelling?

  13. Love the show!!! Got my husband hook during the second season can’t wait for it’s return for the 3rd my Monday nights are bland without joe and Ryan :(

  14. The very essence of the show MAKES NO SENSE! The villains are but a bunch of morons who are supposedly intelligent people (for the most part) yet follow some apparently Poe obsessed murdering professor who has no clear agenda or purpose (beyond what seems to be some selfish aim that is hardly inspiring).
    All the suspense and (alleged) turns are contrived, fairly predictable, and pointless when the reason for the cult is both lame and inadequate.

  15. I am patiently waiting for The Following to return to Fox TV. Please hurry, I love, love, love this series.