Fox has granted early pick-ups to three of its comedies — New Girl, Mindy Project and Brooklyn Nine-Nine — as well as its Kevin Bacon-fronted thriller The Following.
New Girl will return for a fourth season, Mindy and The Following were each picked up for a third cycle, and the Golden Globe-winning Brooklyn Nine-Nine will be back for a sophomore run.
Previously, Glee was renewed for Season 6 and Bones was picked up for Season 10. Additional Fox pickups will be announced at a later date.
Jessica Stroup, best known for her role as Erin Silver on “90210,” now stars in FOX’s psychological thriller, “The Following,” as Max Hardy. Max is a cop working in New York City, who becomes obsessed with helping her uncle, Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) capture the illusive Joe Carroll. In an exclusive interview, Stroup talks about her big break on The CW and what it’s like working with Bacon.
Q: This is a big change from you last role on “90210.” Can you talk about your experience on that show and your transition into playing Max?
Yeah, of course. I had a blast being on “90210″ for four years. It was a huge stepping stone for me and was really bittersweet. In one aspect, it takes up a lot of your life working on a constant basis for four years, but you get so used to playing a character and working with certain people they become like your family. We didn’t know it was coming to an end. We all thought we were going to get renewed. It basically just happened really quickly. When it ended I wanted to make sure I choice the right next step. I had to find a different character. So when I was looking I focused on strong female characters. Someone completely different. What is funny is that I watched “The Following” during season one. It was one of my favorite shows. So to be offered a chance to be on it was a beautiful transition. Max doesn’t mess around. She has lost everything in her life and only has Ryan left. Since last season, he has really straightened himself out and she wants to make sure to keep her uncle on the straight arrow.
They work on their relationship together as the show progresses. It’s new, but it’s a work in progress. What makes it easy is working with Kevin Bacon. He has been great to work with. I look forward to working with him every day. I learn from him and my experience with him has been just incredible.
Full interview HERE!
2x09 “Unmasked” still.
2x08 “The Messenger” stills.
Jessica for Aritzia, “Easy Rider”
Credit and interview HERE!
Listen to Jessica talk about episode 7 of The Following (“Sacrifice”) HERE! Click play to open in iTunes. Her segment starts at 22 minutes.
The Following “The Messenger” promo.
As “The Following” hero Ryan Hardy closes in on his evil nemesis, Joe Carroll, he’s got the best back-up possible: his niece and cop, Max Hardy.
"She’s a tough cookie," as star Jessica Stroup calls her. Ryan (Kevin Bacon) is no longer with the FBI, so he’s mostly been on his own this season in his quest to find Joe (James Purefoy). But after building a relationship with his niece, Ryan has found a very capable partner in crime-solving.
Yahoo TV chatted with 27-year-old actress by phone to get the inside scoop on the rest of Season 2.
Last season built up to a huge cliffhanger. Can we expect the same this season?
Oh yeah, oh yeah! Lots of cliffhangers. This season there hasn’t been quite as many on each act break, and I think some of the fans really liked that last year. But this year, it’s more about the building of the characters and the backstory. We’re getting to believe in them and know why they’re doing what they’re doing a bit more. But this season, the people that you want to stick around won’t stick around, and you won’t know if people are bad guys or good guys. They’re going to change and surprise you, but all in a really good, exciting, entertaining way.
Full interview HERE.
Jessica for All Hollow Magazine (preview)
Viewers picked up on a connection between Mike and Ryan’s niece Max. Where is that headed?
I think there is definitely an attraction between Max and Mike. It really begins with their proximity with Ryan. They both care about Ryan Hardy and that puts them together. I think Mike rubbed Max the wrong way the first time when he came in[to her office] and was like, “You need to do this, you need to do that.” But after that initial meeting, Max realizes how much Mike cares about Ryan and that he was just trying to protect him in a weird way. The more they interact, there’s chemistry. I mean, they’re not googly-eyed — when they’re around each other there’s an attraction. That being said, I don’t think we’re going to see the characters go on a date or anything like that — that’s not the world we live in on the show. We have murder and mayhem and torture, so what their relationship will become is definitely up in the air. It’s good for these characters to have this sounding board to bounce off of and have someone to talk to. We’ll have to see where it goes. It breaks things up, it’s nice to have that.
I feel like they need it.
Last year, there was a great love story between Ryan and Claire, but between Joe and Claire. You have these two men vying for this woman. That’s a powerful love story and that’s something we don’t have this year, so maybe the audience is really wanting to see that so is loving the potential between Mike and Max.
Full interview HERE.