Since 2008, The San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) has scheduled programming on "Preview Night," which takes place on the Wednesday evening before the convention officially starts the next day. The sneak preview of "Fringe," for instance, got things rolling in 2008.
Warner Brothers considers Preview Night programming as their lucky charm for the fall season. Shows that screened on Wednesday at SDCC typically have been renewed for a second season, in particular "Fringe" and "V." With that in mind, the studio previewed five upcoming shows in San Diego on July 11, including these two notable pilots:
"The Following" brings Kevin Bacon back to television
The combination of Kevin Bacon and Kevin Williamson is too much to resist in this series about a charismatic serial killer. Created by Williamson ("The Vampire Diaries," "Dawson's Creek"), the show focuses on Ryan Hardy (Bacon), a burned-out former FBI Agent. Years earlier, Hardy brought charismatic serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) to justice. The depth and depravity of Carroll's crimes psychologically broker Hardy, but the FBI brings him back after Carroll escapes from prison.
Bacon is ideally cast as the world-weary Ryan Hardy. The former agent spends a decade trying to put his last case behind him, but now, as the leading expert of Carroll, he has a duty to go back in the field. The serial killer likes to play cat-and-mouse games with his former adversary, leaving clues in unlikely places.
James Purefoy could steal "The Following" away from Bacon as the serial killer whose crimes take on poetic twists. Carroll is so dynamic that he can get women and men to do his bidding from his prison cell. Carroll is the most dangerous type of killer, one that inspires other people to emulate his sadistic ways. Purefoy's performance could make this show the breakout hit of the season.
"The Following" will be coming to Fox TV for the 2012-2013 season.
This new NBC series brings back memories of Y2K, a time that experts and would-be prophets said would become the end of civilization as we know it. In "Revolution," a show directed by Jon Favreau of "Iron Man" fame, all those fears come to life. Without warning, the power goes off across the world, shutting down communications and machinery.
Fifteen years after the blackout, mankind has reverted to a simpler way of life, growing food and traveling on horseback. Yet, the worst of humanity has survived in the form of roving militias who strong-arm farmers and merchants. There is a chance to reclaim the power, though, but it could come at a dangerous price.
"Revolution" has an interesting pilot, which sets up the mystery of the blackout. With her bow-and-arrow, Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) bears more than a passing resemblance to Katniss Everdeen from "The Hunger Games." Charlie is on a quest to avenge her father and somehow turn the lights back on.
This show has an interesting premise, but the pilot is not satisfying enough to garner a recommendation.
"Revolution" debuts September 17 on NBC.
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