Tim Stack
September 17, 2012 AT 09:45 PM EDT

Fox’s upcoming The Following — one of the scariest pilots in recent years — features Kevin Bacon in his first regular TV role.  As a former FBI agent, Bacon battles a serial killer/cult leader played by Revenge‘s James Purefoy.

Although it was created by Kevin Williamson, the man behind both The Vampire Diaries and Scream, The Following is much darker than those projects; think The Silence of the Lambs but for television. And EW has the EXCLUSIVE first look at a teaser for the thriller, which premieres on Fox in January 2013. Watch below…

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‘Law & Order’ veteran joins Kevin Williamson’s ‘The Following’

Comic-Con garb: ‘The Following’ cool Poe T-shirt — PHOTO

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