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Fox Defends Violence in Kevin Bacon's 'The Following'

January 21, 2013 09:11:17 GMT

The big boss at Fox says the new serial-killer thriller does not glorify violence.


Fox Defends Violence in Kevin Bacon's 'The Following'
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Fox chairman Kevin Reilly firmly stated that the network does not glorify violence in its new series, "The Following". The Fox boss said the team will not change or tone down the content of the Kevin Williamson-directed series despite recent real-life tragedies like the Newtown shooting. The serial-killer thriller has gained instant notoriety for its gruesome scenes and violent storyline.

"I think in general there have been more violent shows on TV," Reilly said at this year's Television Critics Association press tour. "Clearly there is appetite, people like these things... [but] this show adheres to broadcast standards."

Reilly further argued that shows such as "The Following" should not be blamed for real-world violence. "Everyone is... wanting to put a finger on one thing that's the problem," he said. "We are just in an age of complex issues. It's no one simple thing."

During the cast's panel interview with the TCA, Willaimson and the show's lead, Kevin Bacon, both defended the show. "We don't sit around and think of ways to kill people," said Williamson. "I'm sitting and thinking of the drama. It's meant to be a thriller and a provocative story." Bacon added that the show has "a lot of great heart and even sentimentality".

Bacon plays retired FBI agent Ryan Hardy whose mission was to bring an old nemesis, serial killer Joe Carroll played by James Purefoy, back behind bars. The new Fox psycho-drama from Williamson, best known for his 1996 film "Scream" and the supernatural drama TV series "The Vampire Diaries", airs on January 22.

© AceShowbiz.com




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posted by Abcd on Jan 22, 2013
Terrible tv show
posted by Babyboomer on Jan 21, 2013
Watching the show and just don't like the explicit violence. It's too much for tv.
posted by Argee on Jan 21, 2013
Or, if it's only one factor in the killing of children it should be ignored? Follow the money. No one is surprised this would be their response.
posted by Asher on Jan 21, 2013
So video games can be blamed but TV shows can't be?

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