There’s been another shake-up over Fox’s crime drama The Following, series creator Kevin Williamson stood aside after season two in order to focus on his new show and appointed Jennifer Johnson as his successor. Deadline has confirmed that Johnson will now step down as executive producer and will be replaced by writers Brett Mahoney and Alexi Hawley who both joined the series during its recent second season. They’ll be joined by series veteran Marcos Siega who has been a director and producer in the show since the pilot episode.
There’s no firm details as to why Johnson has exited her position only three months into it, Deadline speculated that the main cause was likely down to bringing in somebody completely new to the series after two successful seasons. A fresh show runner can be a mixed blessing, a new approach with new ideas is key to the longevity of any TV series and you only have to look at Doctor Who, Supernatural or The Walking Dead to see that it can work. Then again, not every series is so lucky with casualties like Dexter and Smallville going out on a whimper instead of the triumphant farewell they were both deserving of.
The first season of The Following was pretty darn good, Kevin Bacon stars as the haunted cop who obsessively hunts for serial killer Joe Carol (James Purefoy) and despite its clunky nature and cliche riddled characters it managed to be a relentlessly entertaining series. The second run started off quite promisingly but seemed to run out of steam halfway through, even if it was just going through the motions The Following remained a highly watchable series.
Kevin Williamson described the forthcoming third season as a “reset”, for now all we know for sure is Shawn Ashmore (Mike Weston), Sam Underwood (Luke/Mark) and Jessica Stroup (Max Hardy) will all reprise their respective roles. The Following will return later this year.