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Old 01-06-2013, 07:04 PM   #1
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Ive been watching the trailers and promos for this show. Personally I just don't feel that a tv show in primetime (or anytime for that matter) about glorifying a serial killer who gets a "following", has any place on television now a days. Call me old fashioned, but really..I mean, It's just too much in this day and age. I didn't write this to start a "does tv and media make people kill" either. I just think there are more wholesome, or LESS violent things people can fill their brain with other than this garbage!!

what do you all think about it?
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:51 PM   #2
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I think there are other things to worry about.

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Old 01-06-2013, 11:39 PM   #3
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Ive been watching the trailers and promos for this show. Personally I just don't feel that a tv show in primetime (or anytime for that matter) about glorifying a serial killer who gets a "following", has any place on television now a days. Call me old fashioned, but really..I mean, It's just too much in this day and age. I didn't write this to start a "does tv and media make people kill" either. I just think there are more wholesome, or LESS violent things people can fill their brain with other than this garbage!!

what do you all think about it?
Where did you get this from? It's about an FBI agent trying to stop a serial killer and his minions -- very black and white, good guy vs. bad guy, message of "serial killers are bad".
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:41 AM   #4
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the serial killer develops a "following", meaning "fans", that is a main part of the show, that he lures them into his sick world, teaching them how to be serial killers. That's real awesome, uplifting,positive and wholesome. great family entertainment, lemme tell ya. Of course kevin bacon tries to find and stop him, but from the trailers and promos i've seen, it's all about him luring his "followers" into his world and turning them into serial killers. anyway you try to slice it (no pun intended), it's just gross, and I bet it doesn't last....
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Ive been watching the trailers and promos for this show. Personally I just don't feel that a tv show in primetime (or anytime for that matter) about glorifying a serial killer who gets a "following", has any place on television now a days. Call me old fashioned, but really..I mean, It's just too much in this day and age. I didn't write this to start a "does tv and media make people kill" either. I just think there are more wholesome, or LESS violent things people can fill their brain with other than this garbage!!

what do you all think about it?

I guess you won't be watching "Cult" either. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJnIGUmzZTw
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There is definitely a "following" for dark drama on TV. Breaking Bad, The Killing, Dexter...

I mean, come the fvck on, no one is forcing anyone to watch these shows. People enjoy unique stories/characters, whether dark or not. Serial killer stories are hardly gross. They're tried and proven.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:13 PM   #7
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There is definitely a "following" for dark drama on TV. Breaking Bad, The Killing, Dexter...

I mean, come the fvck on, no one is forcing anyone to watch these shows. People enjoy unique stories/characters, whether dark or not. Serial killer stories are hardly gross. They're tried and proven.
oh im not disputing the fact that the appetite for this kind of drama exists..those shows you mentioned are on paid cable channels though...this is FOX. I'm certainly not Mr. push my personal beliefs and morals on others guy...but it just seems a little much right now for network television in my personal opinion. I watch BB, GOT, and used to watch Dexter when it started, but it's just too much FOR ME, others..not so much, they love it. I just don't like serial killer things, creeps me out, it exists, and well, its scary.

SO, we shall see what Middle America thinks, not the CABLE world, but Network TV, if a serial killer series (not 1 episode of CSI or Law and order), but a full series will work or not....guess we check back in a few weeks after it debuts. They have been really ramping up the marketing and promo, usually a sign to me that they are nervous about it and it's success.
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I guess you won't be watching "Cult" either. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJnIGUmzZTw
yea, you are right about that, not only because of the subject matter, but because it's on the CW. lol.
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Ive been watching the trailers and promos for this show. Personally I just don't feel that a tv show in primetime (or anytime for that matter) about glorifying a serial killer who gets a "following", has any place on television now a days. Call me old fashioned, but really..I mean, It's just too much in this day and age. I didn't write this to start a "does tv and media make people kill" either. I just think there are more wholesome, or LESS violent things people can fill their brain with other than this garbage!!

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1) Is the writing any good?

2) See #1.
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Ive been watching the trailers and promos for this show. Personally I just don't feel that a tv show in primetime (or anytime for that matter) about glorifying a serial killer who gets a "following", has any place on television now a days. Call me old fashioned, but really..I mean, It's just too much in this day and age. I didn't write this to start a "does tv and media make people kill" either. I just think there are more wholesome, or LESS violent things people can fill their brain with other than this garbage!!

what do you all think about it?
I think I won't know if it's garbage or glorifies serial killers until I see it. Not the promotion, the actual show. Have you seen it?

This day and age isn't really all that different from past days and ages. Violence as entertainment is an ancient concept. Human beings cope with their deepest fears by vicariously experiencing them through others. Fortunately "in this day and age" it's mostly through fictional characters rather than gladiators, bear-baiting, and public torture.

I understand not liking crime shows. I like most of them, but will skip any episode involving child victims. That's not entertaining to me, it's deeply distressing. But I don't assume that because those subjects disturb me in particular, they are garbage and unwholesome.

"Wholesome" is a subjective term anyway. One could argue that a Christmas movie about elves is unwholesome, as the Santa myth only encourages parents to lie to their children, promotes rampant consumerism, and further "takes the Christ out of Christmas." That doesn't mean your script is garbage, does it? Or that it shouldn't be broadcast? It just means not everyone will like it.

I think there is a valid discussion to be had about the fetishization of violence against women. I get tired of seeing half-naked nubile young women chased around by serial killers. And I think it's a sad commentary on our feelings about sex and violence that if a woman gets her breast sliced off in a film, that's an R but if her breast is kissed, it's an NC-17.

But these aren't the kinds of discussions I can have about The Following until I've actually seen it.
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