The Following Gets New Showrunner

Kevin Williamson will no longer be leading The Following.

Fox’s twisted (and twisty) serial-killer drama will have a new showrunner for Season 3 in the form of Jennifer Johnson (Chase, Cold Case, Lost), our sister site Deadline reports, although Williamson will remain “very involved in the show.” (Deadline notes Williamson, whose freshman drama Stalker is slated to premiere on CBS this fall, similarly turned over the reins of The CW’s Vampire Diaries to  Julie Plec when he launched The Following.)

The Following‘s Season 2 finale — which TVLine readers gave an average grade of “B” — drew 4.8 million viewers and a 1.5 demo rating; according to Fox, that marked the seventh consecutive week the show went up or held steady in the demo. The show premiered in January 2013, however, to more than double those numbers — with 10.4 million total viewers and a 3.2 rating.

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  1. Guy says:

    Kevin Willimson got bored after two seasons. Sounds familiar.

  2. Kaity says:

    Maybe now this means Kevin Williamson can go rescue Vampire Diaries…

    • dee123 says:

      Well if he comes back for the finale liked he did with Dawson’s. Hopefully it will be as good as that.

  3. pcpurecommunity1234 says:

    Kevin keeps doing this. He can’t stick to one show. He also did this with Scream 4 (obviously that was a movie). He keeps ditching his projects. Stick with one project, Kevin.

    After a season of Stalker, he’ll leave that too. I won’t be shocked.

  4. Kay says:

    I’d like to see Ryan and Joe working together, that made the show better!

  5. KB says:

    I would love to see Joe and Ryan work together again, that made the show more interesting!

  6. Joey Padron says:

    Can’t wait to see what new showrunner will do in season 3.

  7. brandon says:

    The show has some of worst logic on TV characters dying for no reason all the time. I hope season three is better.

  8. Annie says:

    Poor show, the quality of the writing always declines after Kevin ditches. The Vampire Diaries got worse after he left, then absolutely bombed after Julie Plec moved on as well.

  9. Ray says:

    Williamson’s departure was the kiss of death for both The Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle, which both flopped creatively without his direction. This does not bode well for the show.

  10. alistaircrane says:

    It’s too bad he isn’t working on MTV’s Scream series. I want him back on TVD.

  11. Classical Kevin Williamson move. He launches a tv show, waits a couple of years, and then lounches another, forgetting about the older one and screwing the fans.

  12. Colette Dann says:

    Don’t like this idea! Look what happened to The Vampire Diaries when he gave that away! :(

  13. Andrew says:

    While this is definitely not a shocker, it could bode well for the series despite some concerns. Season 2 was horribly misguided and ridiculous, not to mention overwhelmingly misogynistic. I’m eager to see what the show looks like without Mr. Williamson’s tedious and cliched writing style – don’t get me wrong, Scream is one of my all time favourite films but he hasn’t provided much tenacity since that period, besides TVD season 1-2 – and if we’ll see less violence against helpless women with a female showrunner.

    • john says:

      It doesn’t matter who’s the showrunner. We all know what is going to happen. Mark and the mystery driver will get Joe out of jail and the rest is a rerun of season 02.

  14. N says:

    I quit watching in favor of Castle!

  15. Mikael says:

    Williamson is like JJ Abrams. Start a show/movie and then abandon it for another project.