‘The Following’: Scary But Not Scary Good

Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy of The Following 570x380 The Following: Scary But Not Scary Good

The Following, Fox’s heavily-promoted serial killer drama starring Kevin Bacon, debuted to strong ratings Monday night: 10.4 million viewers and a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49. That tied CBS’ Elementary as the second-highest rated new drama premiere of the season. No surprise.

TV seems to be smitten with serial killers and driven by excessive violence these days and The Following pushes the network envelope. It’s graphic and gruesome. Scenes too creepy to watch.

Is it a good show? We checked out Metacritic. While top critics Robert Bianco (USA Today, 88) and Ken Tucker (EW, 83) gave The Following high grades, Tim Goodman (THR, 20) and Alan Sepinwall (HitFix, 42) — two of our favorite critics — ripped it. Metacritic average: 62.

JH rating: after one show, a 50. The Following is nothing more than another Criminal Minds, CBS’s popular procedural. Kevin Williamson (Scream) has crafted a good thriller and a potential hit, but if he’s trying to make a show that can compete with high-quality fare on cable like Dexter or The Walking Dead, he has a long way to go.

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  1. The Following may not have been very popular with critics, but it seemed to be pretty popular with all of my coworkers at DISH. It was the only thing anyone would talk about all day. Sadly, I missed the show last night, so I was feeling a little left out of the conversation today. Luckily, DISHOnline.com hosts new episodes from FOX the day after they air on TV. I watched the show and thought it was pretty good, but not great. It was nice to contribute around the water cooler thought.

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