accessAtlanta

City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP

Kevin Bacon Fox pilot (’The Following’) shot in Atlanta picked up

Kevin Bacon at Dad's Garage's "Bacon Fest" last month. That was a celebration of bacon, not Bacon but it was nice to have him there!

Kevin Bacon at Dad's Garage's "Bacon Fest" last month. That was a celebration of bacon, not Bacon but it was nice to have him there!

As expected, Fox has given Kevin Williamson’s “The Following” starring Kevin Bacon and James Purfoy, a spot on its 2012-13 schedule.

It will either get 13 or 15 episodes, according to ew.com.  Both that show and J.J. Abrams’ “The Revolution” (picked up by NBC) were shot in metro Atlanta last month.

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.

Join my Facebook fan page and Twitter.

By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

4 comments Add your comment

mohamadali

May 10th, 2012
6:24 pm

i want com to your site

"Southside" Steve Rickman

May 10th, 2012
10:49 pm

Kevin Bacon’s got a long one.

HannahBliss

May 14th, 2012
12:16 am

So happy to have been a part of filming the pilot!!! Can not wait to see it!!

keith

May 15th, 2012
9:00 am

hope this shoots and stays in the ATL……