21 January 2013 7:00 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

The Following is a series that is not for the faint at heart. That much will be obvious after mere minutes of tonight's series premiere.

However, cast members, creator Kevin Williamson and even Fox’s Chairman of Entertainment, Kevin Reilly, stressed at the recent TCA Winter Press Tour that there’s much more to the psychological drama than mere gratuitous acts meant to shock people.

The series centers on a cat-and-mouse game between tortured former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and the man that draws him out of retirement, serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy). Carroll is so renowned for his crimes that he’s developed admirers who are devoted to him and willing to do to anything he asks, no matter how sick or perverse.

For Bacon, The Following marks first leading television series role. What made him sign as Hardy?

“I wanted to play the hero,” he explained to TV Fanatic, »

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