‘The Fol­low­ing’:

9 p.m. Mon­day, Chan­nel 13

The Daily Herald - TV Week - - FRONT PAGE -

It took the dark ge­nius of Edgar Al­lan Poe and the tele­vi­sion savvy of Kevin Wil­liamson to lure Kevin Ba­con to star in a se­ries.

“The Fol­low­ing,” premier­ing on Mon­day, is a scary thriller. Un­der no cir­cum­stances is this for chil­dren or any­one dis­tressed by gore. In­cred­i­bly well done, the deeply dis­turb­ing story haunts view­ers long af­ter watch­ing.

From the open­ing scenes, it’s shock­ing. Some­one kills sev­eral cor­rec­tions of­fi­cers in a max­i­mum se­cu­rity prison. On the lam, the se­rial killer is off to fin­ish what­ever he left un­done.

Only one man un­der­stands the killer’s psy­chotic mind enough to nab him. And that man is ex-FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Ba­con), who ini­tially ar­rested him.

Ba­con hasn’t done episodic TV since his days in “Guid­ing Light” 30 years ago.

The 15-episode se­ries pits good against evil, but Hardy is not en­tirely good. Like any great char­ac­ter, he is flawed. He has a drink­ing prob­lem — when you’re pour­ing vodka into a water bot­tle, you def­i­nitely have a prob­lem. And when he was on the job, he slept with the se­rial killer’s wife, Claire (Natalie Zea, “Jus­ti­fied”). How­ever, they weren’t lovers un­til the killer was im­pris­oned. Still, the FBI frowns on such be­hav­ior.

This killer hap­pens to be a bril­liant and dash­ing former pro­fes­sor, Joe Car­roll ( James Pure­foy, “Rome”), who spe­cial­ized in Poe.

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