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Pretty much everybody at Fox is now one degree closer to Kevin Bacon.

The actor is near a deal to star in Vampire Diaries showrunner Kevin Williamson’s untitled new drama pilot.

The story is described as a thriller about the complex relationship between a diabolical serial killer and the damaged FBI agent who took him down. After the killer escaped, the agent is reactivated and discovers that he is no longer just hunting one man, but a massive cult of serial killers created and manipulated during his time in prison.

Bacon would play the good guy. If the Warner Bros.-produced show gets picked up, it will have a 15-episode first season. Ordering shows with seasons shorter than the usual 22-episode commitment has been a bit of a trend lately (see: Terra Nova).

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