OVERRATED: 'The Following'

A gory thriller that seems hell-bent on delivering something akin to "Silence of the Lambs" mixed with the velvet-gloved subtlety of the "Saw" franchise, this Fox series sets aside such petty concerns as plausible characters and plot in pursuit of cheap shocks and what must be gallons of fake blood. Kevin Bacon deserves better than this — and the less said about the liberties being taken with Edgar Allan Poe, the better.
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