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Kevin Bacon TV drama The Following earns second season

James Purefoy and Kevin Bacon
James Purefoy (l) and Kevin Bacon play the lead roles in the serial killer drama

TV drama The Following has generated enough of a following to get a second season, US network Fox has confirmed.

Fifteen more episodes have been ordered of the series, which stars Kevin Bacon as a former FBI agent on the trail of a serial killer and his disciples.

Fox executive Kevin Reilly described the programme, which airs in the UK on the Sky Atlantic channel, as "a high-quality, edge-of-your-seat drama".

"I'm delighted to have this thrill ride continue on Fox for another season."

Britain's James Purefoy co-stars in the show, described by one critic as "one of the most violent... series ever made by a commercial broadcast network".

The show was created by Kevin Williamson, writer of the Scream movies, and is executive produced by Marcos Siega, who previously worked on The Vampire Diaries and Dexter.

Fox also confirmed on Monday that Zooey Deschanel sitcom New Girl, shown in the UK on Channel 4, would return for a third season.

The network is expected to confirm soon that high school musical show Glee, currently on its fourth season, has also been recommissioned.

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