Kevin Bacon upset with the misogyny & bad writing of his hit show ‘The Following’

****** This entire post is full of SPOILERS for The Following, past and future episodes.


I decided to start watching The Following when Fox did a bang-up job promoting the series before it even premiered. I love Kevin Bacon, and I like a good fictionalized serial-killer story, and I thought the literary twists would make the show interesting. For those of you not “following,” the gist is that Kevin Bacon plays a washed-up FBI agent who quit the job years ago after he almost died catching James Purefoy’s serial killer, Joe Carroll. While in prison, Joe has assembled a cult of like-minded serial killers all drawn to him as their leader and inspiration (Joe wrote a book before he got put away and he’s obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe).

Anyway, long story short, I’ve been watching every episode and after a really great start, the quality of the show, the quality of the writing, acting and storylines has all gone downhill. It’s not flat-out bad, but it’s not a “good” show either, it just has enough hooks to make me want to see how the damn thing ends. Joe’s serial killer is inconsistent, his “followers” seem more like perfectly organized, law-abiding citizens who just want to serve their demi-god, and Joe’s ex-wife (played horribly by Natalie Zea) is THE WORST. I actually get so angry with her character that I scream at the TV. I want that character to die a really horrible death. And I won’t be sad about it if and when it comes. Sidenote: Zea’s character’s eyeliner gets heavier and heavier the more time she spends with her ex-husband. She looked like Raccoon McPantless in this week’s episode.

So, why am I talking about this? Because Star Mag has some interesting gossip about what’s happening behind-the-scenes. And there’s a really awful SPOILER for future episodes.

With sky-high ratings, Kevin Bacon should be thrilled with his new hit series, The Following. Instead, an informant reveals that he’s at war with creator Kevin Williamson about the misogynistic story line.

“Kevin is furious that he doesn’t get much to say in the plot. He hates the way the writers treat the female characters,” a source spills to Star.

Kevin hit the roof when – SPOILER ALERT – he discovered that Natalie Zea and Annie Parisse were getting brutally killed off at the end of the season and realized that the male characters aren’t being treated the same way.

“Even though Kevin’s show is a hit, he’s totally miserable,” confesses the insider. “But the producer basically said, ‘It’s my way or the highway!’”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

I know, I kind of wish I hadn’t read that about Annie Parisse, whose character (a cult specialist, and a cult survivor) is actually pretty cool. They don’t give her character enough to do and she could and should be a lot tougher, but I don’t want to see her eat it. But I’m popping champagne over here at the thought of Natalie Zea eating it. Raccoon McIdiot can die a horrible death as far I’m concerned.

As for Kevin wanting the show to be more pro-woman and stuff… well, the “serial killer” genre of film and TV has always been misogynistic. There are lots of studies and research papers and commentary on that. For me, I could deal with the show’s misogynistic undercurrent if only the show had better writing in general. They don’t know what to do with Zea or Parisse or that poor lawyer woman or the female serial killers. Except kill them off, apparently.

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  1. Kaye says:

    Off topic: Kevin Bacon (like Paul Rudd) seems ageless. Whatever you’re doing, keep it up, Bacon!

  2. Eleonor says:

    As a friend of mine, who’s in the industry, told me “the following got its saving grace in the leading actor”.
    After the third episode I watch it only for Kevin Bacon.

    I hate the recap voice at the beginning of every single episode “Joe blah was convicted in 2004”. I get it. WE ALL GET IT.
    I find the serial killer wife boring.
    I love the cult specialist, she’s got such an interesting storyline, I am sad she is not going to be there anymore.

    • Liv says:

      Haha, true!

      I really hope they get new writers because the idea of The Following is great and Kevin Bacon is brilliant!

    • inthekitchen says:

      But isn’t the cult specialist in on it? What was the significance of her giving Joe that book when he was in jail?

      I am still watching but hate the show because it seems too unrealistic that everyone, everywhere – cops, FBI, neighbors, etc etc – is possessed by Joe. Come ON! I also can’t see how they can do more than one season of this, so I can stick around for another few episodes but that’s about it.

      I hate the ex-wife

      • Lucy2 says:

        I thought that they were showing her being in on it too with the whole thing with the book, which might have been interesting but they let that drop.
        I’ve yet to see them explain why Joe is so charismatic and people are willing to do such horrible things for him. And it’s easy to seem really smart on this- not because he is, but because the FBI is so incredibly stupid.

      • rtms says:

        At first I thought so too, but unless they have yet another twist before she dies,maybe she’s good? Wasn’t it her parents that got killed by Joe’s followers at the farm house? I tuned out of the show after yet another law officer was a cult follower. It’s just got eye rolling stupid now.

    • littlestar says:

      Yep, the only reason I continue to watch this show is because of Kevin Bacon. And the fact that my fiancé watches it every week still – really don’t think I’d bother to watch it at all if he didn’t watch it.

      I complain every week about how POOR the writing is. And the plot line is just getting ridiculous already – I know it’s a TV show, but some of it is just so crazy it’s unbelievable. Like the serial killer and his posse get away with everything week after week – they can’t mess up even once?

      Also agree about the cult expert lady. It’s so frustrating to see how week after week they just don’t go anywhere with her character. Honestly, there just really isn’t any character development for most of the main characters. It just all seems so superficial somehow.

      • Amy says:

        Hah. My boyfriend continues to watch, but I dropped out after the first couple of episodes and haven’t looked back since!

  3. T.Fanty says:

    I know you didn’t ask, but Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy? I would hit that like LL Cool J’s mama told me to.

    (as for the show? I gave up after two episodes, so kudos to Kaiser for sticking it out. Both men are *so* much better than that rubbish)

  4. Lucy2 says:

    For some reason I’m still watching but I think the show is BAD. Terrible, terrible writing full of incredibly stupid characters. I’m disappointed because I hoped it would be really good and I like Kevin Bacon, but it’s just bad. The worst was when (spoiler) the lawyer lady literally just sat there and let Joe strangle her. She didn’t even lift a hand to try to fight back. So dumb.
    I actually like Natalie Zea and think she is gorgeous, but her character on this show is terrible. It must stink to come from something as awesome as Justified to this crap.

    • CL says:

      if she gets killed off we’ll be able to see more of her (and baby) on Justified. I like her character’s interaction with Raylan (good and bad); LOVED seeing her shoot her captor on the season finale!

    • Samtha says:

      Totally agree. I hate-watch every episode, mostly because I can’t believe how utterly ridiculous it all is.

      I have to roll my eyes at the Bacon, though. Um, the show is about a serial killer who enjoys torturing women and taking out their eyeballs. Did he really read the pitch for that and go, “Wow, how empowering for women?”

      • lucy2 says:

        Good point – right from the pilot it was clear it was a super violent show, and especially towards women.

    • Holly says:

      I thought you were going to say “didn’t lift a finger”! Hee hee!

  5. Winnie says:

    I only made it a couple of episodes before giving up on it. I hated how inept the FBI was when they kept leaving the victims alone or with only one cop guarding them. So unbelievable.

    • gekkca says:

      And they keep doing it…I keep watching for Kevin Bacon and to see how it ends. Even though I don’t particularly care. I wanted to, so bad. But it is disappointing. I stopped caring when the guy looked like he was getting off on getting stabbed a few episodes back. Now it’s just like a car wreck for me. Can’t turn away…

    • Chordy says:

      Yes! I hate this! You cannot move plot forward by using the bumbling polie trope! The show is a GREAT idea with TERRIBLE execution.

    • Kiyoshigirl says:

      That’s what irks me the most. Every damned time the FBI goes to one of the potential crime sites, they go understaffed and set themselves up for failure. But, low and behold, after the shit goes down and all of Joe’s peeps sneak off into the night, there are dozens of cops milling around with nothing to do! Seriously???? I’d get it if it happened once, or maybe even twice…but every damned time? Stupid.

  6. Liv says:

    Oh my, Kevin Bacon is so hot in the series!

    I like The Following, but there are so many things that don’t make sense, I could freak out! Like Ryan Hardy is always alone in creepy situations facing the cult members. As if. Plus I hate it when characters are inconsistent and in this show almost every character is.

    And could the police just check out their officers who started working for them in the last two years? Not a smart thing to do.

    And I love Natalie Zea by the way – it’s not her fault, that her character’s so shitty written.

    • littlestar says:

      Yes, that’s it! I said above I feel like all the characters are so superficial – inconsistent is a much better description. They really aren’t developing the characters at all.

      I sometimes think that big networks just don’t care about the quality of the writing at times, as long as they are making money. I mean, how often does HBO have crappy writing? Almost never.

      • They don’t care. It’s not about the shows, it’s about the commercials. If the show is a hit, they can charge more for ad time. It doesn’t have to be good to be a hit.

  7. CF says:

    I dont watch it but watch natalie zea on justified. I think she is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen! She has this gracefulness about her movements in justified. but her character had an annoying season last season too!

    • eli says:

      I don’t get this whole talk about Zea being incredibly beautiful. She looks like your typical overtanned blonde skinny Hollywood actress, she wears too much make-up and always looks as if she hasn’t slept in days.
      Her veneers are also too noticable. Can’t judge her acting since her role on Justified wasn’t that good but the other female characters on that show are great. Like Mags Bennet, Ava or Loretta.

  8. Seagulls says:

    Good on him for saying so. Whether or not the phenomena of misogyny is well-studied, it isn’t well-recognized.

  9. mllejuliette says:

    James Purefoy is the only reason to watch this show. 🙂 Kevin who?

    • Bossy says:

      James Purefoy is hot in this. Love the twisted relationship he has with Emma. I like the show and will keep watching. But hope the writings will improve in the next season.

      BTW what’s going to happen to Emma if Claire is killed off? mmmmm..

  10. kristine says:

    The show is bad. I could only watch to episode 6 and that was only because I love Kevin bacon.

  11. Doofus says:

    I’m amazed any of you even made it to the second episode. I, too, was very excited for this as it looked really good in the promos but I could barely even make it to the end of the first ep. EVERY single one of his followers can outsmart EVERY cop/FBI/law enforcement type? No.

    I laugh when I see promos now. So, so lame.

    • DuckyGirl says:

      The first episode was awful! So sick! And I’m not that squeamish!

    • Samtha says:

      Every single episode is pretty much based on the followers outwitting the FBI. It’s totally ridiculous.

    • Me Three says:

      I looked forward to this show because I LOVE Kevin Bacon but I made it through 3 shows. I’m kind of surprised no one has said anything about the level of violence in this show. I’m no weak kneed rom com girl. I love me some good ol fashioned action stuff with lots of shoot em up scenes but the level of simply disgusting violence in this show concerns me.

      And, the part with the little boy–the son–where they were teaching him to kill, finished me.

      That and the fact that the writing is horrible and I too have tired of the incompetence of the FBI night after night.

  12. allons-y alonso says:

    James Purefoy!!!!!!! I love him. His Marc Antony in HBOs Rome was spectacular!

    • Granger says:

      +1000!!! I was just going to write the same thing. He is a brilliant actor and so, so, SO good looking. Too bad he’s in this piece of crap.

    • M says:

      +1 The only reason I’m watching is for James Purefoy.

    • guebian says:

      James Purefoy is the handsomest actor around. Such a good actor. Hope to see him in a feature movie some day. Underrated actor.

  13. Hoya_chick says:

    I love the genre and I actually meant to watch this show but then I got busy and lost track of it and now I am hearing that it’s not good so I’ll pass.

    Kaiser, if you are interested you should check out Hannibal with Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen. I watched the pilot and I really enjoyed it. Hopefully it doesn’t start sucking. I hate getting invested in a show only to find that it gets worse as the season progresses. Ugh.

    • Azurea says:

      I dropped The Following, it was just a mess in every way imaginable. I have watched the first couple of episodes of Hannibal & think the production values are fantastic & the acting is wonderful. I didn’t think I’d watch as I usually hate gorey stuff, and my boyfriend, who does props for the show, said it has the grossest scripts he’s ever read, & he wasn’t watching it (partly because he doesn’t watch TV, just movies.) However, I thought I’d check it out & to my surprise I like it.
      Apparently it has a $5 million/per episode budget, so no wonder it’s good — not cheesy in the least.

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      I have the same feelings about Criminal minds. Season 1 and 2 were great, season 3 to 5 were pretty good as well, but then it started getting downhill and too repetitive, because the writers chose to focus on the serial killers instead of the profiling and the BAUteam.
      I am still watching it mainly because I love the actors even though they let Paget Brewster go.
      Makes me a little bit sad to think about it, because I also get really invested in series and their characters, but it gets increasingly frustrating with CM.

      • littlestar says:

        Yeah, I keep watching Criminal Minds for the actors too now. It has gotten pretty bad the last two seasons especially. I’m thinking it’s time to end the series, as much as I enjoy it.

      • Hoya_chick says:

        I so agree about CM! Both you and Littlestar are right! It is so terrible now! I miss Paget and I hate the Alex character. Too much focus on the crimes and the gory details and the killers and not on the BAU! The first couple of seasons were IT. I still watch them on reruns. The last 2 have been horrible. Now I barely can tolerate it. What they did to Reid’s gf was not cool. I try to like it but the quality has just deteriorated and I kinda hate it now.

      • littlestar says:

        Hoya, I was so sad when they killed off Reid’s girl-friend too :(! I’m still sad about it. They could have gone so far with character / relationship / story development with those two. But as you both say, the focus has been on the serial killers the last few seasons. The Alex character feels weird – we know so much about the other characters but nothing really about her.

        I enjoy watching old episodes of CM too, especially when Gideon was still on.

      • stellalovejoydiver says:

        I agree, the storyline with Reid´s gf was messed up and I don´t like Alex either, her character seems so unnecessary, she is like an underdevelopped female version of Rossi.
        All of the other characters have certain strengths which could contribute to solving a case, it is sad the writers are neglecting to let them apply that like in previous seasons.
        Concerning Mandy Patinkin, he dropped out because of the same things Bacon is critising. From wikipedia:
        He called his choice to do Criminal Minds his “biggest public mistake”, and stated that he “thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality, and after that, I didn’t think I would get to work in television again.

  14. Ruth Dunbar says:

    The cool kids are all watching Hannibal. God I love Mads Mikkelson.

    • Darlene says:

      Hannibal is ROCKING MY WORLD. Although I feel as though we were promised at LEAST one of Eddie Izzard or Gillian Anderson in last night’s episode and I feel a bit betrayed about not seeing them!!

    • Victoria says:

      Giddy Up.. Sorry Kev I thought we had something good together because I do so adore you, Plus we go waaay back to my teenage years in Footloose… but Hannibal has my heart, eyes and ears now..(at least on TV that is):P

    • Gillian says:

      Did he have plastic surgery on his face? Looks weird.

  15. Queen_haq says:

    I think you’re giving the show too much credit. It’s lame, boring, and very, very stupid. There is no depth to the characters, just gimmick and superficiality.

    Also, I hate it when writers dumb down cops/good guys to make criminals, or in this case serial killers, get away with things. That’s lazy, uninspired writing with no pay-off.

    Frankly, I think of Joe (antagonist on the show) as a toothless version of a serial killer. Kinda like how vampires are in Twilight. No layers, just flat glossiness.

  16. Darlene says:

    Why wouldn’t they keep the Parisse character? She’s intriguing b/c she ALMOST seems on the edge of “going over” to the cult side again. My husband and I have been waiting for her to go all SLEEPER AGENT and suddenly turn on everybody. They are wasting her character if they kill her, wasting the tension she creates.

    I don’t care about the other lady, whatever.

  17. fabgrrl says:

    Haven’t watched it. But *sigh* I looooove Kevin Bacon! He seems like such a gentleman.

  18. Tiffany says:

    I have not missed an episode. Its one of those, ‘Eh, I watched it this far so I might as well finish it’ shows. And its Kevin Bacon who I would watch in anything. Its been renewed for another season so maybe they will get the kinks out and it will improve.

  19. Lulu.T.O. says:

    I’m disappointed for Kevin Bacon. He is way to good to waste on a bad series.

  20. nannan says:

    i only started watching it because of kevin, who i love! i still watch it just for him. he ex-wife is ridiculous. perfectly coiffed while going through a horrible experience. don’t they have any say in how their characters are portrayed?

  21. DeltaJuliet says:

    Ha! I feel like I stumbled upon a support group for some weird disease no one wants to talk about. I’m in the same boat…started watching because of the Bacon. After the first 2 episodes, I actually said to my husband “This is pretty brutal, I don’t know if I can watch a whole season of all this killing”. And nothing has happened since then. It’s so.fucking.boring. And the characters
    I don’t even care if they kill EVERYONE off at the end of the season and it doesn’t get renewed. I’m still DVR’ing it because I feel invested, but I’ve really lost all interest. And I’m really pissed about the scene mentioned above where the agent goes to see Joe and gives him a book and then…..nothing. So what was the point of that?

  22. kibbles says:

    I’ve never heard of The Following, but I like Kevin Bacon. I’m just happy to know that Bacon is enough of a feminist to butt heads with the show’s creator about misogyny on the show. That makes me like him even more.

  23. j.eyre says:

    I was crossing a street with the Heir, deep in conversation, when a gorgeous little black Porsche stopped at the light, right next to me, caught my eye. I wantonly stared at it for a bit then raised my eyes to see an equally gorgeous driver – Kevin Bacon – who smiled. I smiled back; can I count that as our first date?

  24. anneesezz says:

    Okay, so we aren’t the only ones who keep screaming at the TV at how absurd and inept the FBI are! At this point we are just waiting to see who kills the annoying fake Nanny. SPOILER ALERT: I will say that we liked finding out that Kevin Bacon’s character killed the guy who murdered his father when he was 17. That was pretty cool. I will always love Philly native, Kevin Bacon. Hopefully the writing gets better.

  25. Aud says:

    I can get how this show is popular in the United States, where most viewers are obsessed with serial killers, but really, it’s a rubbish show that is designed on some type of psychological ratio schedule (operant conditioning).
    I had enough after two episodes. How anyone can commit themselves to watch an inane show like this is incredible.
    The very premise of a serial killer social network is completely counterintuitive to the reality concerning the solitude of serial killers.

    • DeltaJuliet says:

      I’m not sure I wold say it’s popular. Everything I read and hear says how bad it is.

  26. Cody says:

    You would think if the US government could find terrorists hiding in the Middle East, they could find a Cult Leader living in a Mansion with his followers in New England. I like the character Kevin Bacon and his supporting FBI agents play and there is a lot of great story lines the writers could do with the show. I hope they don’t plan to drag this story line out for years it will get old pretty fast.

    • It is ME!! says:

      ‘Cept they couldn’t find Osama bin Laden for a freakin’ decade.

      Who am I kidding, they pretty much stopped looking for him after 2003.

      • Cody says:

        They couldn’t find Bin Laden for 10 years, but they have captured, killed or know the location of other terrorist leaders in the last few years ,it just doesn’t make the CNN or Fox News headlines.

      • It is ME!! says:

        I know. It was a joke.

  27. Victoria says:

    I watched a first few episodes because I too love Kev.. BUT I cannot BEAR it now because it’s turned into such a SNOOZER! I feel truly sorry for Kevin because he deserves SO MUCH BETTER. Hang in there Kevin.. soon it will all be over and you will be ‘footloose’ again… giddy up! 😛

  28. grabbyhands says:

    I don’t know that I’d buy too much into that spoiler-that’s a HUGE leak and I can’t see them letting something like that spill-they seem to have been pretty secretive about stuff. It’s a shame that this show went downhill so quickly-but I don’t think I can make it through four more weeks of “the bad guys get away because the FBI is so stupid and also Ryan Hardy runs into a dangerous situation with no backup”.

  29. lin234 says:

    Gah! The last episode was REALLY bad. That guy who kills his gay lover out of mercy suddenly becomes a coldblooded killer?

    He couldn’t fight Hardy when they were trying to escape from the house but after he mercy kills his already dying lover, he becomes a master ninja who is able to take down FBI agents in an instant.

    I was wondering about the ex-wife’s eyeliner too.

    I’m disappointed about the fbi agent and ex-wife being killed off. The ex-wife being killed off seems predictable.

    Anyways, Kevin Bacon is an awesome guy for standing up for his female co-workers.

  30. Samtha says:

    Hope this doesn’t mean Natalie Zea is coming back to Justified next season…

  31. Sassy says:

    I, too, starting watching this because of THE BACON (yum). And now I feel compelled to keep watching to see what happens, but I’ve often screamed at the TV screen, too. My favorite (total sarcasm) scene was when the FBI agent STANDS IN FRONT OF THE HOTEL ROOM DOOR knowing there are people who are probably going to start shooting right outside in the hallway. Ridiculous. NZ bugs me on this show AND on Justified.

  32. Talie says:

    He was on Howard Stern to promote it and sounded very much on the fence even then. Like he wasn’t sure if this was a good decision or not.

    • la chica says:

      I assumed that that was because the show coincided with the Newtown massacre and I assumed that Bacon did not wish to be seen as celebrating violence. That said, I always finish what I start so I am still watching this stupid show. But they lost me from the start when I was expected to believe that a woman as intelligent as Emma would live for three years next to two guys pretending to be gay and not have a clue. Riiight…Stupid show. But I’m still watching. Kyra’s husband needs me 🙁

  33. Pebbles says:

    James Purefoy. Love.
    I would even watch him on Kourtney and Kim Take Miami
    He’s delicious.

  34. Really says:

    I’m in my 30’s and I realized that in all the horror movies I watched when I was young, it was the teenage sluts that get killed off first by Freddy, Jason, Michael, etc. It was that couple that snuck away to get it on that ended up dying, so in other words, sex leads to a scary demon like man/monster to kill you.

  35. Granger says:

    I watched the first few episodes, but I was done when I realized they were going to keep showing flashbacks where “followers” are visiting Joe in prison to talk about their “work” (sometimes actually admitting to having killed someone!), and yet the prison isn’t monitoring his conversations. Please. Nobody is listening to a serial killer’s discussions with visitors?

    • littlestar says:

      That’s my biggest beef with the show too – how was a crazed serial killer allowed SO MANY FREAKIN’ VISITORS?!

    • la chica says:

      Agreed. Also there are way too many followers. A group of six or eight followers miiiiight make sense. But dozens and dozens? Not very likely. The FBI are just not that stupid.

      And which prison would allow a woman to enter without discovering that she was carrying a knife (from the pilot)? Really, beyond stupid. But I’m still watching. Kevin needs the $$$ after what Madoff did to him and Kyra.

  36. Scarlettmoon says:

    I absolutely love The Following! It’s nice to see network tv break out of the whole “pandering to the lowest common denominator” mentality to bring something new and different to the viewers. It is graphic, it is misogynistic, it is steeped in suspension of disbelief… It’s supposed to be! It’s an insane what if? scenario brought to life…I mean, seriously, Once Upon a Time anyone? I’m just grateful it isn’t another Law and Order SVU being shoved down my throat!

    • Hear, hear! I think I like it BECAUSE it is so implausibly stupid. I scream at the TV every week and it’s so much fun. I can’t wait to see Emma get her comeuppance, evil little snit.

  37. Laura says:

    I love this show! I also love James Purefoy…he is GORGEOUS!!!

  38. eli says:

    It’s depressing that people watch this but barely the Americans, that has amazing female characters and the acting and story in general is great. Maybe Fox is just better at promoting unlike FX.

    • lucy2 says:

      I love the Americans, it’s really good. FX has a great lineup, they are making quality television.

      I don’t mind male-centric shows – my two favorite dramas are Justified and Breaking Bad – but I do mind female characters being treated as nothing more than useless, helpless, stupid victims. And I mind piss poor writing in general.

    • KM says:

      I’ll add Southland – not enough people are watching it and the acting and writing is consistently amazing!

      • lucy2 says:

        Southland is excellent too. OMG the most recent episode just about killed me, it was so tragic. And I love Regina King on that show so much, always disappointed she never gets any award nominations.

  39. d says:

    I could only handle one episode of this crap show. I like Bacon and Purfoy, but the colossal stupidity of just about everyone was too much. And self-important cult leaders and their followers are just plain boring. I’d rather do housework, which is saying a lot, because that s*** is dull, but at least I get something out of it.

  40. Memphis says:

    I like the show, the overall premise is good and I really want to see how it plays out, but the writing does need some work. They could make it great, so I hope they step it up in terms of writing and character development.

    As for the wife, there was a lot of potential but they have written her into a nothing character. I’ll still be surprised if they kill her off this early though, but who knows.

    Aside from that James Purefoy is wonderful to look at!!! 🙂

  41. k says:

    The writing on the Following is indeed horrible.

  42. StaceyP says:

    Started watching, love Kevin Bacon and the plot sounded interesting, but gave up after 3 or 4 episodes, I just can not suspend disbelief and this is coming from someone who loves Die Hard movies.

  43. bluhare says:

    I think they should bring The Closer back with Kevin Bacon as Fritz. There, fixed!

    Except I don’t know if I’d want to be married AND work with my husband. Can’t speak for Kyra and Kevin.

  44. guilty pleasures says:

    I agree with the theme of a most of the posters here- I watch it because KB is very good at what he does, and the the lead killer guy is handsome. I don’t like his character though, he is a boring serial killer.
    The writing is atrocious, I stopped DVRing it when an entire HOUSEFUL of people showed up to serial kill for this guy. How can I get invested in figuring things out when nothing makes a single lick of sense. I tried to stay with it even though it got ridiculous after the third episode.
    Not interested.

  45. Dani V says:

    Everything about the writing in this show is ridiculous but I can’t quit the show. Go figure. I do love Kevin Bacon.

    I am waiting for Emma to get her Karma butt kicking. Even though she has done some of the better acting. Oh, I like the character of Weston also. He has done a good job. I don’t want to see him get beat up again however.

    As far as the FBI, if they were this stupid in real life, no crimes would ever be solved. At least make it a bit more realistic. Give the audience something to hang onto.

  46. KCO says:

    After the episode where Carroll screwed that moon faced nanny, (I absolutely hate her), while Roderick is choking out that female cult member, who’s sexual advanced are painful to watch, then he ends up screwing her, I yelled at the TV, “these female characters are SO weak. I hate them and their terrible writing.”

    My husband accused me of being a hater. I’m glad i’m not the only one who feels this way.

    Also, why do they always leave to these desolate locations with absolutely no backup? Totally insults my TV intelligence.

  47. jessiesgirl says:

    I absolutely HATE The Following! I hope the Bacon is not left to wallow in that cesspool for another season. The show is terrible in every sense. Horrible characters, horrible execution of a premise, horrible writing, and horrible casting. I rwally thought it would be good, but I can’t remember a worse TV drama in a very long time.

  48. I agree that the serial killer genre is tremendously misogynistic–then again, so are most serial killers.

    But I do hope that if more leads like Kevin Bacon and Mandy Patinkin speak up, and express their dissatisfaction with the kinds of stories being told, some writers and producers will at least strive to be more creative.

    But who do I think I’m fooling? The reason they’re cliches is because people keep using them.

  49. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    @kaiser, I’m a HUGE horror buff and I just wanted to put it out there that there is no “serial killer genre of film.” Serial killer films are a horror sub genre. Anyway, you’re correct about women being disposable. All minorities (women included) are disposable in horror; which is why movies like teeth, hard candy and cabin in the woods are awesome and shows like the walking dead and Buffy are so interesting. They broke the mold and prove that horror doesn’t have to be formulaic to be successful.

  50. Jenn says:

    My problem is Kevin’s character has shot EVERYBODY else, but even though he’s had quite a few chances to shoot Joe, he hasn’t. Bah. And I also hate Natalie Zea’s character. Running off into danger. Idiot. I’m kind of done following.

  51. Gossip Ho says:

    So over this show and not even my adoration for Kevin Bacon is enough to watch the mess that is The Following. Do the writers think all viewers of this show are stupid?

  52. Buzz says:

    I’ve given up on the show. It portrays everyone as complete idiots, especially law enforcement. Seriously how did any of these people get a badge. Law enforcement is portrayed so badly I wouldn’t want to be Kevin if got pulled over for anything. They are shown to be incredibly incompetent, clumsy, lousy shots, and have no idea what to do in a crisis.

    Further, the nonstop murdering is getting on my nerves. As well as the fact absolutely no one has any clue as how this guy comes and goes and people are all falling all over themselves to be his killing slave. Who next, the Director of the FBI? NSA is in on it too? Seriously it has gotten stupid.

    So while I do record it I watch it in about 8 minutes. Fast forward through all the psychological crap, the flashbacks, and just stop ever so often to see if Kevin is going to turn to the camera and say, “I quit, this show makes no sense and is badly written”.

  53. Lexi says:

    I watch this show, for warren kole, he plays roderick, he is sooo hot

  54. Danskins says:

    I love some Kevin Bacon but my biggest beef is the constant disregard of females and minority characters on the show. The few African Americans on the show are shown to be basically inept or clueless.

    For example, the current FBI lead guy who plays Kevin Bacon’s boss is constantly undermined and is constantly bossed around by his subordinates instead of the other way around. Consequently the FBI boss character looks weak and ineffectual.

    Additionally the few minority characters on the show are almost always killed off after an episode or two, and are less likely to be given the chance to mature and become likeable or at least more memorable. The show’s regard for women and minorities is pretty appalling and annoying. I’m glad Kevin is at least speaking about the blatant misogyny on there although something needs to be said about the minorities as well. Hopefully the writing and character development for non-white & non-male characters will improve over time.

    • Amy says:

      THIS. I was so happy to see Billy Brown on The Following, since his character on Dexter was killed off so unceremoniously. And then The freaking Following killed him off just as badly. Can’t this handsome, handsome, very likable man get a break?

  55. Amy says:

    I tried with this series, but I had to drop out after the third or fourth episode. SO INCREDIBLY BAD. From open to close, this show is painfully stupid.

    Before The Following, I thought Kevin Bacon was a good actor. Now I’m not really convinced of his talents. Heck, I can barely see past his perfectly brushed on multi-tonal highlights.

    My boyfriend continues to watch (“just to see how it ends”) and constantly teases me by asking if I want to watch it every.single.time we sit on the couch. And/or if there’s nothing to watch on television. And/or if there’s a lull in the conversation. “Wanna watch The Following?” NO! *smack*

  56. Robert says:

    I love the show. I feel like those of you complaining have never watched a horror movie before. Have you never seen Scream? This is what Kevin Williamson does and he’s incredible at it. The show is a hit for a reason.

    It’s not perfect, but it’s great escapism and it’s nice to see horror on TV. I wish the FBI was smarter and I wish the situations were a bit more realistic, but if they were then we wouldn’t have this show nor most horror movies.

    There have been plenty of black characters on this show. The most intelligent character is a black woman: Deidre Mitchell. She’s been there from the beginning, so I don’t really know what some of you are talking about.

    Some of the problems you guys have with this show are ridiculous. You’re upset because the FBI can’t find Joe Carroll and his followers? Most of our planet including the FBI couldn’t find Osama Bin Laden. Also, the FBI on this show have caught several of his followers already (Jordy, Rick, Ava, Louise, Amanda, etc.). And keep in mind that with the exception of Joe, Emma, Jacob, and Paul, the FBI isn’t aware of the identities of the other cult members. They don’t know who they’re looking for.

    I think this show is fun and exciting. Sorry that you guys are so unhappy with it. Also, I wouldn’t trust this rumor at all. Literally the day the show began, audiences and the media thought Maggie Grace was the female lead. You’ll know what FOX wants you to know and absolutely nothing else before then.

    • Amy says:

      I’m a huge fan of horror movies! And in some cases, the stupider the better. But I just can’t with The Following. It was neither fun nor exciting for me — just bad. Laughably bad is certainly entertaining, and I’ll admit that I laughed a couple of times at how seriously this show takes itself. But that’s not enough to suffer through that tripe.

      As far as I’m concerned, the show is a hit for the same reasons American Idol is a hit or NCIS is a hit — a LOT of people have VERY low standards.

  57. Junegorilla says:

    This show is a campy hot mess I stopped watching it for a while. But I’m back on board just to keep up with the snark in the television without pity forums. Bacon is such a class act. He’s probably kill if his own character to get off if this POS show if Bernie Madoff hadn’t stolen all of his money