January 16, 2013
TV’s Most Anticipated New Drama is Finally Here: THE FOLLOWING Garners Critical Acclaim in Anticipation of Super-Simulcast Premiere, Jan. 21 on CTV and CTV Two
– New psychological thriller from creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson to air across all CTV and CTV Two stations simultaneously in Canada –
– Behind-the-scenes special INSIDE THE FOLLOWING available online across CTV’s digital platforms immediately following premiere –
– Kevin Bacon stars in his headlining broadcast television debut alongside James Purefoy and Richmond, B.C.-native Shawn Ashmore –
James Purefoy in THE FOLLOWING
(L:R) Kevin Bacon and Shawn Ashmore in THE FOLLOWING
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TORONTO (January 16, 2013) – As the buzz and critical acclaim continues to build for TV’s most-anticipated new mid-season series, CTV announced today it will broadcast the series premiere of THE FOLLOWING together with CTV Two, creating a one-time-only super-simulcast for the riveting psychological thriller. Setting the series up for maximum exposure, THE FOLLOWING premieres on Monday, Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV Two. After its debut, THE FOLLOWING settles into its regular CTV timeslot on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Jan. 28. Encore presentations of THE FOLLOWING also air Sundays at 9 p.m. ET, beginning Jan. 27 on SPACE.
Immediately following its debut, the behind-the-scenes special INSIDE THE FOLLOWING will be made available for Canadians exclusively across CTV’s digital platforms on CTV.ca, the CTV App, CTV Mobile available on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners. The 20-minute online special features commentary from creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson, executive producer/director Marcos Siega, and cast members Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore, Natalie Zea, and Annie Parisse. Cast and crew discuss the look and feel of the series – including its cinematic appeal, the series’ love triangle and story progression, what it was like working with real-life FBI consultants, and more.
**Media Note** Photography for THE FOLLOWING is available at BellMediaPR.ca
Following its television broadcast, viewers can also catch up on full episodes of THE FOLLOWING across CTV’s digital platforms on CTV.ca, the CTV App, CTV Mobile available on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners.
With less than a week before the highly anticipated series premiere of THE FOLLOWING, critics have been unanimous in their acclaim:
“This is the biggest-buzz new show for 2013.” – Bill Harris, Toronto Sun
“The pilot was one of the best I’ve ever seen, and it left me positively batty, wanting more…was one of the most gut-wrenching, addictive hours of television I’ve ever seen.” – Amber Dowling, TV Guide Canada
“THE FOLLOWING is the hottest of the hot midseason series…it also has the potential to be the most controversial…” – John Doyle, The Globe and Mail
“THE FOLLOWING…has executives all over Hollywood talking EMMYs already.” – Philadelphia Daily News
"Could be the next 24." – Neal Justin, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
"The most suspenseful...the most action-packed...the best new show of the season." – Huffington Post
“#THEFOLLOWING among best mid-season TV” – @TorontoStar
The intense spellbinding drama stars Golden Globe®-winning actor Kevin Bacon (X-Men, Frost/Nixon) in his headlining broadcast television debut. From creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, DAWSON’S CREEK, Scream franchise), THE FOLLOWING also stars James Purefoy (ROME, John Carter) and B.C.-native Shawn Ashmore (X-Men franchise).
In the super-simulcast premiere (Monday, Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV Two), notorious serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) escapes from death row and embarks on a new killing spree with his murders inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe. The FBI calls former agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon), a psychologically scarred veteran who captured Carroll nine years earlier, after Carroll murdered 14 female students on a college campus where he taught literature. The intense, spellbinding drama follows Hardy and the FBI team, including sharp upstart Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore), as they are challenged by the ever-growing web of murder around them, masterminded by the diabolical Carroll (who's writing a novel with Hardy as his protagonist). Hardy will not only get a second chance to capture Carroll, but another shot at redemption, as he's faced with not one but an entire cult of serial killers.
THE FOLLOWING is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. The series is created, written and executive-produced by Kevin Williamson. Marcos Siega (DEXTER, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES) also serves as an executive producer and directed the pilot. THE FOLLOWING is distributed by Warner Bros. Television.
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@kevinbacon – Kevin Bacon
@JamesPurefoy – James Purefoy
@ShawnRAshmore – Shawn Ashmore
@valorie_curry – Valorie Curry
@adancanto – Adan Canto
@NicoTortorella – Nico Tortorella
@KevWilliamson – Kevin Williamson
@Msiega – Marcos Siega
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