Vampire Diaries writer-producer Kevin Williamson’s dark Fox drama is a go for next season. The serial killer thriller — once titled Mastermind, now titled The Following — has two strong male lead actors on board with Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy.
The show is described as “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’re hearing Fox has ordered 15 episodes instead of the usual 13, but that has not yet been confirmed.
Natalie Zea and Maggie Grace also co-star in the project, which could end up competing against NBC’s serial killer series Hannibal for viewer attention.
On the drama side, Fox has also picked up Mob Doctor, about a young female thoracic surgeon with Bridgeport roots (Jordano Spiro) is split between two worlds as she juggles her career and her lifelong debt to the South Chicago mob. It co-stars William Forsythe, Zach Gilford, Zeljko Ivanek.