WASHINGTON, January 28, 2013 —Last week, The Following, starring Kevin Bacon, premiered, with all the hype only TV could manifest. Never a fan of gore-infested violence, I still tuned in to see what all the excitement was about. Don’t get me wrong, I know the American public loves its bloody entertainment and all the trappings that come with it. It’s the show’s premise—other than gratuitous violence—that makes me wonder.
What I don’t understand is how a serial killer can create a devoted cult following willing to do his bidding, all while in prison. Charlie Manson did this outside the slammer, but in there? There’s no doubt that charismatic and narcissistic people have a sophisticated set of tools in place to get their way at nearly any given time. But to convince people via the Internet to carry out intricate plots of kidnapping and murder is a leap I cannot make. One would assume an inmate who brutally murdered 14 people would have his every move strictly monitored, never mind his online interaction. Not in The Following, apparently.
Internet connections have been in the news a lot lately, taking a bad rap because of the duplicitous actions of a few. Of course people will lie, of course they will put themselves in a better light than they deserve. People have never needed the Internet to do this. That’s why we dig a little deeper (unless we are idiots) when we “meet” someone on line. That’s why there is a familiar list of do’s and don’ts when interacting with people online. Had Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o followed these rules, he wouldn’t have become the national joke he certainly is now.
The Internet has helped make the world a smaller place and put an endless sea of information and activism potential at the fingertips of anyone capable of clicking a mouse. Unfortunately, it has also facilitated nut jobs in discovering like-minded lunatics online. That doesn’t mean a serial killer on the other side of a computer screen a thousand miles away can convince people to do anything they haven’t already considered and dismissed. It just means they’ll probably have a creepy Facebook page.
Meanwhile, if you must, check out The Following. But travel at your own risk.
All times are EST:
ABC: The Bachelor: (New) Sean and a woman go rock climbing; a roller derby match ends in a trip to the hospital; Sean surprises a date with a shopping spree and a performance by Ben Taylor.
CBS: How I Met Your Mother: (Repeat) The gang discovers that their significant others remind them of their parents.
FOX: Bones: (New) Pelant is back to torment the Jeffersonian team.
NBC: The Biggest Loser: (New) The contestants learn to live a healthy lifestyle without breaking the bank.
CW: The Carrie Diaries: (New) After Tom (Matt Letscher) forbids Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) to see Sebastian (Austin Butler) again, Carrie snoops through Tom’s work files and uncovers some alarming information about Sebastian’s past. Carrie decides to confront Sebastian about what she’s discovered and is shocked by his reaction.
CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (Repeat) Sheldon becomes jealous when Stuart from the comic-book store asks Amy out on a date and Sheldon is forced to reconsider his relationship with Amy.
CBS: Two Broke Girls: (Repeat) Max and Caroline get two Amish boys who are exploring the modern world to build a barn for Chestnut.
FOX: The Following: (New) Ryan, Agent Weston and FBI Specialist Debra Parker investigate the history of Carroll’s psyche; Emma, Jacob and Paul hold Claire’s son while they plan for their next move. For a video preview of tonight’s episode, click this link.
CW: 90210: (New) Annie experiences an alternate reality about what life would have been like if she had stayed in Kansas, including being engaged to her high school boyfriend. In the alternate world, Dixon becomes a massively successful hip hop artist who no longer has contact with his family, while Adrianna is a washed-up actress and Hollywood’s bad girl.
CBS: Mike and Molly: (Repeat) Peggy goes on vacation and leaves Mike and Molly in charge of her dog, claiming it is good practice for when they have children.
ABC: Castle: (Repeat) Castle’s plans with Beckett are disrupted when a dying man stumbles into his backyard and collapses in his pool.
CBS: Hawaii Five-0: (Repeat) Five-0 investigates a deadly art heist. Meanwhile, McGarrett searches for his mother and asks Catherine to assist him.
NBC: Deception: (New) Haverstock has disturbing news for Edward; Joanna tries to figure out what Julian’s hiding.
New episodes of:
Finding Bigfoot: Further Evidence at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet
Extreme Smuggling at 8 p.m. on DSC
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills at 8 and 9 p.m. on BRAVO
Shipwreck Men at 9 p.m. on DSC
Hoarders at 9 p.m. o n A&E
American Pickers at 9 p.m. on History Channel
Alaska State Troopers at 9 p.m. on NGC
Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker at 9 p.m. on TLC
The Layover with Anthony Bourdain at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel
Intervention at 10 p.m. on A&E
Oprah’s Next Chapter at 10 p.m. on OWN
Cake Boss at 10 p.m. on TLC
Hotel Impossible at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel
Catfish: The TV Show at 11 p.m. on MTV
For movie lovers:
Hulk on AMC
My Girl on ENC
Sabrina on FLIX
Salt on FMC
Bound on IFC
The Mark of Zorro on TCM
American Reunion on HBO
This Means War on HBO
Project X at 9:30 p.m. on MOMAX
My Girl 2 at 9:45 p.m. on ENC
Forrest Gump at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX
The Adventures of Don Juan at 10 p.m. on TCM
The Last Legion at 10:15 p.m. on IFC
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