Scoop: Ex-Law & Order ADA Annie Parisse Joins Fox's Serial Killer Thriller The Following

Fox’s midseason serial thriller The Following has made another killer hire: Annie Parisse is joining the cast as a series regular, TVLine has learned.

The onetime Law & Order ADA — who more recently appeared on AMC’s Rubicon and CBS’ Person of Interest— will play Debra Parker, an FBI cult specialist who is brought in to lead the investigation into Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) and his followers.

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Not your typical FBI agent, Parker is a walking contradiction. She can be extremely mannered and polite, but then rip you to shreds if necessary. She’ll follow the rules one minute and break them the next — even change them if it suits her. She’s smart and thoughtful and in an instant turn impulsive and erratic.

Parisse’s character is a reworked/recast version of a G-woman played in the original pilot by Jeananne Goosen (CSI: NY)

The Following — from Vampire Diaries EP Kevin Williamson — revolves around a deranged serial killer (Purefoy) who creates his own cult of murderers via the wonders of technology, and the retired FBI profiler (Kevin Bacon) who is hunting him down. Justified‘s Natalie Zea also stars.

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  1. How is The Following different from Cult? Could you do a comparative chart between both shows?

  2. luke says:

    good cast… if this show is replacing Fringe, lets just cancel it now and give Fringe its midseason spot?

  3. Hamza says:

    Great signing but I was really looking forward to see more episodes relating to her in Person of Interest…

    Hope they still get her to do 3-4 this season.

  4. Jay says:

    Happy for her. Felt bad when she was let go from Law & Order for not being attractive enough…

  5. rebecca says:

    gahhh i’ve been a fan since her ATWT days..

  6. Mekisha says:

    Like the story detail of this show “The Following” sounds great and interesting. The idea of complex characters who aren’t easily read they are caught between light and darkness the delicate balance. That’s always is refreshing to watch. But what’s even more interesting is that the leading character is an actress then what is usually the casting for such an strong character. This is a very few and between trends that are happening with these new shows and it may just work. The story telling in these show lately and only a few have brought an lengthy detail of character development with not just only being the lead but aren’t what some audiences are use to seeing and few times here lately with shows like ABC’s cancelled “The Missing” and the new hit show on ABC that has had better luck and was a shock last season was “Scandal” which has had an following at late and is making some waves.
    But again this is a few and between of an trend that is happening hopefully it’s successful and will bring television back to life after for some time of dismal network ratings.

  7. xfrancais says:

    Great signing but I was really looking forward to see more episodes relating to her in Person of Interest…

    Hope they still get her to do 3-4 this season.