Kevin Bacon | Interview outtakes
At the end of my phone conversation with Kevin Bacon—this week’s Time Out Interview—I asked the actor about the pressures of leading a new show, The Following, on a network whose new-show ratings haven’t been ideal. Here’s the outtake:
While the early buzz for The Following has been positive, it’s being placed in the context of Fox’s need for a hit, since its new shows this season haven’t done exceptionally well. Do you get a sense of that from network executives?
What I get from them is that they are excited about the quality of the show and I get zero push-back on what we’re doing. Now, this is before it goes on the air. Anything can happen. From a personal standpoint, there’s no reason to go into something hoping for anything other than great success. But I also feel like I can let myself off the hook because of what you asked me when we first started [talking], which was what do I think of [the first episodes]. And I like ’em. I would watch the show. [Laughs] It’s shocking and interesting and not quite like anything that I see, on network or on cable. It’s got its own look and its own voice, and so I’m proud of it. If we end up doing 15 and done, that’s okay. I’ll go do something else. I’m not hanging my whole life’s dreams on this.
Read the published Q&A here. The Following premieres January 21 on Fox.