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Kevin Bacon of 'The Following'
Kevin Bacon, "The Following"
Nomination Status: Occasional movie star with a prior Emmy nod comes to TV? Gotta encourage him .
In His Favor: Let's put it this way, Kevin Bacon did not sign on for an edgy TV series in which he got to play an alcoholic genius FBI profiler with a heart problem not to at least be in the conversation for an Emmy nomination. FOX must have practically guaranteed him an Emmy nod when he committed. Heck, the formula worked reliably for Kiefer Sutherland over a decade ago. Plus, "The Following" was a success. Heck, if you trust FOX and DVR numbers, "The Following" was a huge success. And as much as I hated "The Following," I never hated Kevin Bacon on "The Following." I just felt sad for him.
Working Against Him: Kevin Bacon gave "The Following" instant credibility and, in exchange, Kevin Williamson and the writers gave Kevin Bacon... absolutely nothing. Other than being generally stressed out and having one incident involving his ticker, nothing in the character outline for Ryan Hardy ended up being even slightly relevant. "The Following" ended up being a plot-driven mess with no interest at all in characters.