Two Thrillers Coming to TV This Midseason

In addition to the return of competition reality shows American Idol, Amazing Race, Hell's Kitchen, and Survivor during the midseason, some interesting scripted TV series are heading our way.

The Following is a show on FOX that will premiere on January 21. From the mind of Kevin Williamson who gave us Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Faculty, Dawson's Creek, and The Vampire Diaries, the new thriller stars Kevin Bacon on the hunt for copycat murderers as they kill in the name of a notorious serial killer. 

Over at The CW, Cult is a show within a show, telling the story of rabid fans who recreate crimes depicted on their favorite fictional series.  Robert Knepper of Prison Break and Heroes stars as the charismatic cult leader. The show is created by Rockne S. O'Bannon of Farscape fame. The program will debut on February 19.

Will these shows have any success or will they be a mere footnote in television programming history?