A scaredy cat's guide to watching 'The Following'

A scaredy cat's guide to watching 'The Following'
by: Lindsay Zier-Vogel

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So, “The Following” is really scary. Like, really scary. Like think of the scariest thing, and then multiply it by a hundred. That’s scary.

The show follows former agent Ryan Hardy (played by Kevin Bacon) who helped put away serial killer Joe Carroll nine years earlier for murdering 14 female students on a college campus where he taught literature. Inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Carroll escapes from death row and when he and his “following” embark on a new killing spree, Ryan gets pulled back into the murderous mess.

This show is so highly buzzed but how does a person like me who is allergic to being scared manage to watch it?

  1. Wrap things in bacon – as an homage to Kevin, of course. It’s a fact that you can’t be anything but happy when there’s bacon around. I’d suggest dates stuffed with almonds, or perhaps some water chestnuts.
  2. Watch the behind-the-scenes special “Inside The Following” available on CTV.ca. The 20-minute online special features commentary from creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson, executive producer/director and cast members including Kevin Bacon. By seeing the sets and watching the cameras filming each scene, it helps remember that it’s not real. It’s not real...right?
  3. Play the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game with all of your favourite stars.
  4. Get out your university English text book and brush up on your Edgar Allan Poe. And while you’re at it, why not dive into some Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, and a side order of Whitman?
  5. And when things get too scary? Make sure you’ve got a YouTube clip of Kevin Bacon in “Footloose” at the ready. (Though be warned that this might also lead to watching “Dirty Dancing” and “Fame” clips and if you’re not careful, perhaps even some learn how to moonwalk clips. The good news is that it’s impossible to be scared once you’re doing the moonwalk.)

“The Following” premieres on Monday, Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. ET.
The behind-the-scenes special “Inside The Following” is available Monday, Jan. 21 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.ca.


About LindsayLindsay Zier-Vogel has been working for CTV.ca since 2008. Lindsay’s highlights include interviewing the famed American choreographer Bill T. Jones and Canadian prima ballerina Karen Kain, as well as covering the Juno Awards. Follow her on Twitter!



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