Kevin Williamson‘s latest TV show, The Following, starts on Fox tonight and comes with our recommendation. In fact, we think this might be the next big, must-see TV series, taking its place alongside Breaking Bad, Justified, maybe The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Of course, it’s hard to tell from a single episode – but the series certainly opens with a real stonker.
But, fresh as it seems, some of the core ideas of The Following have been something Williamson has wanted to realise for years. He explained to Entertainment Tonight:
In my original story for Scream 3, the killers were basically a fanclub of Woodsboro kids that had formed because of Stab 1 and Stab 2. They were all doing the killings and the big surprise of the movie was when Sidney walked into the house after Ghostface had killed everyone… and they all rose up. None of them were actually dead and they’d planned the whole thing… The motive was their quest for fame.,. they were trying to top [Sidney’s] Woodsboro story so they could be the legacy of their hometown.
Some of that came back around in Scream 4, after a bit of remodelling, and some of the rest has been fed into The Following.
Williamson is also returning to his favoured trope of murders on a campus, too. He says:
Back when I was researching [campus killer, The Gainesville Ripper] Danny Rolling… I wanted to write about a serial killer on a college campus, and an FBI agent hunting down a college professor. But then I decided to do Scream. Interestingly enough, Scream 2 was on a college campus, so it all connected.
And now The Following picks up in a similar place. I’m not sure I’d call it an obsession, but I do hope Williamson’s old collegemates and professors don’t take his reluctance to let the idea go too personally.
The Following airs on Fox tonight at 9pm.