As expected, Fox has given Kevin Williamson’s “The Following” starring Kevin Bacon and James Purfoy, a spot on its 2012-13 schedule.
Here’s the description of “The Following”: “an edge-of-your-seat thriller about the complex relationship between a diabolical serial killer (Purefoy) and the damaged FBI agent (Bacon) who took him down. After the killer escaped, the agent is reactivated and discovers that he is no longer just hunting one man, but a massive cult of serial killers created and manipulated during his time in prison.”
We’ll know where each show is on the respective TV schedules next week, but the question we care about locally is: will either show stay in Atlanta when they start producing each series this summer?
I do not know yet. Stefanie Paupeck, spokeswoman for the Georgia film office, said she wasn’t sure. I’ve heard mixed things from various sources but will update when I find out something concrete. The production companies will have to make relatively quick decisions on locale for logistical reasons.
Williamson’s “Vampire Diaries” (season finale tonight on the CW) produces its show locally. I’m not sure if that will help Atlanta’s cause or not.
Two notable shows that had pilots shot in Atlanta but moved elsewhere for their regular run were TNT’s ‘Franklin & Bash” and ABC’ “Detroit 1-8-7.” The main actors on “Franklin & Bash” took a pay cut so they could stay near their families in Los Angeles and heck, the show is supposed to be set in Los Angeles anyway. And it made sense for “Detroit 1-8-7″ to be set in Detroit but the crime drama only lasted a season.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk