Upfronts 2012: Watch previews of 'The Following,' 'Goodwin Games'
Fox unveiled two new midseason shows Monday: a creepy serial killer drama from Kevin Williamson titled "The Following" and "The Goodwin Games," a comedy created by Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris of "How I Met Your Mother."
"The Following" stars Kevin Bacon as former FBI agent Ryan Hardy, who gets pulled back into the game to consult on the hunt for Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), an escaped serial killer cultivating a following of like-minded killers through the Internet.
Of course, Hardy is a broken man with a drinking problem, haunted by his past. And Carroll is charming and British. And Hardy's got two younger, better-looking FBI agents at his side, played by Jeananne Goossen and Shawn Ashmore.
Creator Kevin Williamson knows creepy: He wrote the "Scream" movies, after all. The only question is whether this series will be one of his hits (like "The Vampire Diaries") or misses (like "Wasteland").
"The Goodwin Games" stars Scott Foley, Becki Newton and Jake Lacy as three often combative siblings who stand to inherit their deceased father's $23-million fortune -- if they can learn to get along. They have to make it through a series of challenges (including a uniquely tailored game of Trivial Pursuit) in order to win the money.
Beau Bridges plays their (deceased) dad, and Melissa Tang plays the family's attorney.
Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris of "How I Met Your Mother" created the series, with director Peyton Reed as executive producer.
Photo: Kevin Bacon in "The Following." Credit: Fox