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Kevin Williamson

Kevin Williamson

Theatre Arts-Professional Acting
Class of 1987


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SoTD alum Kevin Williamson continues to shine. You may know Kevin as the writer of the Scream movie series, Dawson's Creek and the creator of the CW series, The Vampire Diaries, but you must to check out his latest venture, the Fox hit, The Following. The production stars Kevin Bacon as a FBI agent in the middle of a web of serial killers lead by James Purefoy, Marc Antony in the HBO series, Rome. The Following is a suspenseful thriller that will keep you riveted to the screen.

While receiving credit for characters created on "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" (1998) and producing, "Scream 3" (2000), Williamson returned to series television with the well-reviewed, but also short-lived "Glory Days" (The WB, 2002), a drama centering on a mystery novelist (Eddie Cahill) who returns to his home town in the Pacific Northwest to discover the natives are mysteriously unnerved by his use of their community in his work. After a lengthy absence from the big screen while developing television projects, Williamson reteamed with Craven for the werewolf thriller "Cursed" (2005).

Williamson finally returned with his next television show, "Vampire Diaries" (The CW, 2009- ). Once again exploring the goings-on of teenagers coming of age, the show focused on a young girl (Nina Dobrev) who happens to fall in love with a vampire (Paul Wesley), only to find herself trapped between him and his more vicious brother (Ian Somerhalder). Though initially ill-received by some critics, "Vampire Diaries" increasingly became more appreciated while developing a small, but loyal audience. Meanwhile, Williamson returned to the well once more for "Scream 4" (2011), which again followed the continuing tales of Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and her unfortunate knack for attracting psychopathic killers.