Valerie Cruz to Play Detective on The Following

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Another new face is set to join The Following.

With Sam Underwood on board as a new series regular and Connie Nielson set to play a love interest for Kevin Bacon's Ryan Hardy, E! News now confirms that Valerie Cruz will portray Gina Mendez, a detective who works closely with Mike Weston to track a serial killer in New York City.

The veteran actress (Alphas, True Blood, Homeland) will make her debut on the Season 2 premiere, set for some time in early 2014.

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We already know that James Purefoy will return to The Following as Joe Carroll, an announcement made official at Comic-Con last month. But it now sounds as if another serial killer will also figure prominently into the storytelling.

Look for the premiere to pick up one year after events on the May finale and for Hardy to be a college professor when we see him again.

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I can't say that I will miss her character "Claire", although I sure do hope she finds a show with some decent writers as an actress she is terrific. The writers on The Following had Claire making some monumental stupid decisions. Like getting people killed or at least shot then deciding she doesn't want to hide from the kidnappers anymore and goes with them. I am frankly surprised that The Following was renewed for another season, but the what the heck do I know I thought having a whole show named, "The Killing" and then failing to reveal by the end of the season who the killer actually was seemed like a big fail as well.


Very disappointing info. I guess that means Natalie Zea's character is gone. I really felt like that love story was one of the deepest and most genuine aspects of the show and I was looking forward to it playing out. This new info will leave the show a greatly diminished as far as I'm concerned. Sure, I will check out the new season, but I am not sure if the other aspects of the show will be enough to sustain my interest.

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The Following Quotes

Joey: Why is my dad such a bad man?
Emma: Maybe, he's not so bad. Maybe we just don't understand him.

Joe: Was he good? The sex? Did your body quiver to his every touch?
Claire: Yes. It did.