Ratings for Kevin Bacon’s new serialized drama have stabilized, but Kevin Bacon is promoting the show nonetheless. The actor was on Jimmy Fallon last night where he talked about doing television versus movies. He also discussed his dog who can play dead on command when he is not chewing things up. This is one of several interviews Bacon has done so far this year, suggesting he is content with staying on the small screen and making things work. The X-Men: First Class star made the transition as part of a wave of big screen talent migrating to non-procedural dramas. Continue Reading
Hot on the heels of relative stabilization, Fox has awarded their new serial killer drama with a second season. The Kevin Bacon-led series has been riding north of the 2.5 18-49 mark since its debut, making it a bright spot in the broadcaster’s 2012-13 slate which was pretty disastrous overall. An episode count did not come down, but the entire show has been billed from the get-go as a cable-like 13-episode a season program, so anything deviating would be a surprise. Continue Reading
Kevin Bacon’s new series The Following is in need of some free buzz. The actor was just one degree from Jay Leno last night as he was on The Tonight Show to help promote his first starring role in a television program. After early numbers showed a second week gain, the show has started to drop which means the thriller is not a hit and it could even be in danger of cancellation if things continue on this path. Even though things look safe at the moment, we will definitely keep an eye out on the numbers going forward as a bad outcome could deflate broadcasters’ attitudes about bringing back the week-to-week dramas that now reside on cable. Continue Reading
There is another trailer out for The Following with a ton of new footage, and that is good because we just happen to suspect it will be one of the best dramas to hit broadcast television in a very long time. This particular show will air 13-episode seasons, taking a page out of cable’s book. It would appear that it will not be your classic procedural, but we thought that about Touch too before we found out it was a disappointment. With that in mind, we wait on the edge of our seats to find out if the rabbit ears has come up with another program young viewers are not ashamed to admit they watch minus the preface, “I know it’s dumb, but I watch anyways.” Continue Reading
Kevin Bacon is on his way to the small screen. One of the highest profile shows of the new television season will not premiere until mid-season, but today we see the actor’s upcoming foray into broadcast in new light and it looks really good. Of course, we said similar things about Touch before its one-dimensionality scared away its audience, but this time we feel it is different because Bacon is going to be within one degree of Maggie Grace (Taken) and a serial killer.
The new trailer showcases “Kevin Bacon: Serial Killer Hunter”–a retired FBI agent brought back into things thanks to unforeseen circumstances. The Following will play 13 episodes and it will likely stay that way each year as the actor wants to maintain his status as primarily a film actor. What is more interesting is that Fox is on board with this strategy which might bring more of a cable version of serialized television back to the big four networks–something that has been increasingly evaporating in favor of procedurals and reality programming. Continue Reading
Ever since Sling Blade, Billy Bob Thornton has been seen as a legitimate film director capable of brilliance; however, he struck out pretty hard with All the Pretty Horses just four years later bringing his behind-the-camera career to a screeching halt. With not enough titles to call the veteran actor ‘hit or miss,’ we cannot help but look at his latest film Jayne Mansfield’s Car with eyes filled with a mixture of skepticism and hope.
The first trailer for the period drama shows not so much the setup of a plot, but rather a heartfelt theatrical gem that could easily end up being a pleasant surprise. The marketing definitely shows off Jayne Mansfield’s Cars‘ best leg making this initial promotional effort worth the quick view. Continue Reading
One of Fox’s hottest new scripted projects in a while was revealed at the network’s upfronts. The show is called The Following, and it stars Kevin Bacon as a serial killer hunter who is brought out of retirement to catch a guy he put away nine years ago. Judging from the following trailer, the program looks to take a little inspiration from the days Jack Bauer ruled the network via the ever so popular (and overused) ‘reluctantly brought back into the fold’ story line for the central character.
Bacon’s move from the big screen to broadcast television might be confusing to some, but keep in mind the actor joined the show under the assumption that only 13 episodes would be filmed a year. In other words, Bacon will still be making time for his persistent movie career. Also, keep in mind the television has always been a lucrative outlet for aging movie stars who simply do not get the same roles they used to get in their heyday.
Look for The Following to premiere in early 2013. The network is currently eyeing a Monday position for the series, but that can always change.
Deadlineis reporting this afternoon that Kevin Bacon has finally been nabbed by a television network for a series. Fox has picked up a pilot of an untitled Kevin Williamson show that will star the movie actor. In this particular drama, Bacon will play a FBI profiler who is dragged back into the game when he finds himself in a pretty heavy situation. Translation: 24 meets Criminal Minds.
The interesting part of this story is that if the show goes to series, it will be for only fifteen episodes a season rather than the typical 22 as Bacon desires a bit of spare time to continue putting out movies and spend time with his family.