EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Johnson will be the day-to-day showrunner of Fox drama series The Following for its upcoming third season as part of an overall deal with The Following producer Warner Bros TV. She will replace at the helm of the Kevin Bacon-starring dark thriller creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson, who will remain an executive producer and very involved in the show but will focus his attention on his newest series, fall CBS drama Stalker. Williamson previously made a similar transition from the CW’s The Vampire Diaries, which is now run by co-developer Julie Plec, to The Following.
This marks Johnson’s return to the WBTV fold where she spent five years before signing an overall deal with 20th TV two years ago. Johnson started at WBTV as a supervising producer on the studio’s CBS crime drama Cold Case, rising to showrunner. Johnson, repped by WME and attorney Matt Johnson, went on to create, executive produce and run the NBC drama Chase, also for WBTV and Bruckheimer TV. She then became showrunner on WBTV’s Fox drama Alcatraz, reuniting with producer J.J. Abrams having previously worked with him on Lost.