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The Following

The Following TV show on FOXNetwork: FOX
Episodes: 45 (hour)
Seasons: Three

TV show dates: January 21, 2013 — May 18, 2015
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore, Annie Parisse, Adan Canto, Kyle Catlett, Natalie Zea, Nico Tortorella, and Valorie Curry.

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TV show description:
This psychological thriller begins when a notorious serial killer, Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), escapes from death row. The FBI calls in former agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) to consult on the case. Having since withdrawn from the public eye, Hardy was responsible for Carroll’s capture in 2003. Carroll had murdered 14 female students on the Virginia college campus where he taught literature.

Hardy is a walking textbook of all-things Carroll and knows him better than anyone else. He may be Carroll’s only psychological and intellectual match. But the Ryan Hardy who broke the Carroll case years ago isn’t the same man today. Wounded both physically and mentally by his previous pursuit of this serial killer, it’s been a long time since Hardy has been in the field. Could this be his redemption?

In contrast to the original investigation of years ago, Hardy isn’t calling the shots anymore. He works closely with an FBI team, which includes young, razor-sharp Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore) and FBI Specialist Debra Parker (Annie Parisse), who’s brought in to lead the investigation into Carroll and his followers — serial killers that secretly live among us.

Although Weston seems to idolize Hardy, most of the team considers him to be more of a liability than an asset. But Hardy proves his worth when he uncovers that Carroll was covertly communicating with a network of followers in the outside world. It quickly becomes obvious that he has more planned than just a prison escape.

The FBI’s investigation leads Hardy back to Claire Matthews (Natalie Zea), Carroll’s ex-wife and the mother of their young son, Joey (Kyle Catlett). Close during Hardy’s initial investigation, Hardy turns to Claire for insight into Carroll’s next move.

The tension rises when Carroll’s accomplices kidnap his intended last victim (Maggie Grace) a decade earlier. Hardy becomes ever more determined to end Carroll’s game when he realizes that the psychopath intends to finish what he started.

The drama follows Hardy and the FBI as they are challenged with the ever-growing web of murder around them. It’s all orchestrated by Carroll who dreams of writing a novel with Hardy as his protagonist. Since anyone anywhere could be one of Carroll’s serial killer followers, Hardy and the FBI have a hard time knowing who they can trust.
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Series Finale

Episode #45 — The Reckoning
The FBI hunt for Theo continues and the stakes are higher than ever as some of their own come under attack. As suspicions rise, alliances are shaken and no one is safe in the series’ harrowing final heart-stopping moments.
First aired: May 18, 2015.

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Helen May 22, 2015 at 11:52 am

I had not been watching network shows for a long time… got turned onto The Following in Season 2, had to catch up via Netflix… was completely hooked… cast was perfect together and now it’s gone?? Fox, I completely agree with everyone else, this was a great show and could have continued on with new plots… so sad to see it go. So, I just skimmed some of other comments again… please don’t tell me Bullseye is overtaking The Following’s spot! Really??? I’d rather poke myself in the eye with a sharp stick!

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DENISE May 22, 2015 at 1:51 am

I can’t believe they are cancelling The Following. You guys are crazy. Was this show hitting to close to home, making many people angry.

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Linda May 21, 2015 at 10:25 pm

I’m done with Fox. Best show ever, The Following. Can’t understand when a show like this is cancelled.

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Carol May 21, 2015 at 8:16 pm

Can’t believe Fox is being so stupid by canceling The Following! One of the best shows on TV! Bullseye…REALLY??? We want The Following back not ANOTHER reality show, or whatever genre it is. My family won’t be watching Bullseye; we don’t even like those kinds of shows! Smarten up Fox!

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Lucy melluso May 21, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Big big mistake by canceling this show it was one of the best shows on tv I just hope by the way they ended it maybe they will reconsider their decision

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Daniel May 21, 2015 at 11:32 am

The Following was one of the best thrillers ever. To whom do I write to support renewal???

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cathy May 21, 2015 at 7:49 am

This is one of the few network shows worth watching. Kevin Bacon is awesome in it. This show should definitely not be cancelled!

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Robin May 20, 2015 at 10:02 pm

What!?!? Canceled! One of the best shows on TV Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy are awesome to watch…Fox you blew it! I finally found a show on your network and after 3 seasons you cancel??? If you bring it back I will definitely be watching if not….I’m moving on!

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Jill May 21, 2015 at 8:07 am

I agree with everyone – cancellation of The Following was Fox’s biggest mistake!!!

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patti May 20, 2015 at 9:57 pm

I think another network should pick up the following like amc. Fox always does this. Now they have a show called bullseye. How stupid.

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Bekah May 20, 2015 at 9:45 pm

Are you f’ing kidding me! This show only got better and better! What a f’ing shame! Boooo! Boo! Even my husband was hooked on this show, and he has the attention span of a 5 year old…I could go on for days , but I think I’m too depressed now …just whatever, you suck Fox!

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Anonymous May 20, 2015 at 8:59 pm

Continue it 0r else, I’ll have my followers hunt you…

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Anonymous May 20, 2015 at 7:32 pm

Big mistake fox will be sorry

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Barb May 20, 2015 at 5:28 pm

I agree with everyone else. The show has so much more potential to run in all kinds of directions. Kevin Bacon is a great actor and I am sad to see it end.

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Joanne May 20, 2015 at 4:50 pm

I”m very saddened and disappointed that The Following has been cancelled. I think it should continue for at least one more season so that nothing is left up in the air.

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Anonymous May 20, 2015 at 2:53 pm

I think it should continue

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