Pilot Scoop: Kevin Bacon Nabs Killer Role in Kevin Williamson's Fox Drama

Kevin Williamson just whittled his six degrees of Kevin Bacon down to zero!

The big-screen staple has landed the lead role in the Vampire Diaries EPs new drama pilot for Fox, our sister site Deadline reports.

Bacon is slated to play a retired FBI profiler in the thriller, which centers on a deranged serial killer who creates his own cult of murderers via the wonders of technology.

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The Footloose vet’s casting comes with a slight twist: Should Fox order the drama to series, Bacon is reportedly only committed to 15 episodes a season as opposed to a broadcast series’ standard 22, as a means of accommodating his always busy film schedule.

Bacon’s TV resume is relatively limited, save for some roles very early in his career (Guiding Light) and, more recently, cameos on Will & Grace and Bored to Death.

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  1. Brittany says:

    This sounds very, Millenium/Profiler-esque.

  2. sarah says:

    I may tune in if it is picked up and to have the show only be 15 episodes a season, means they really want Kevin no matter what!

  3. bella says:

    Love him and would watch him read the phone book. Sounds like a cool concept for a show, too.

  4. Justin says:

    I’ll watch anything with Kevin Bacon.

  5. Toto says:

    I’ve never known him to turn in a poor performance. I’m in. His Bacon Brothers CD Forosoco is great, too.

  6. Danielle h says:

    Hmmmm interesting. I LOVE TVD EPs, but as seen w/ Secret Circle not everything they do ends up magic. Work checking out just because of their names though!

  7. pv says:

    Cool. He’s always fabulous.
    And a 15 episode season is a great number. Tight, well written stories with little filler. And hopefully few reruns.

  8. Jelly says:

    Shoudn’t Kevin Williamson be a 1 as opposed to a zero? Unless he turned into Kevin Bacon…