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PRODIGAL SON Scores a Second Season From FOX

BY Jennifer Griffin

Published 2 years ago

PRODIGAL SON: L-R: Tom Payne and Halston Sage. Cr: Jojo Whilden/FOX.

Fans of FOX’s psychological thriller Prodigal Son will be pleased to learn that the show, recently omitted from the Network’s 2021 scheduling announcements, has indeed been renewed for a second season.

The news came today from Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment, for FOX Entertainment, who said “From the moment Prodigal Son premiered, fans have been captivated by the astounding performances turned in by Tom Payne and Michael Sheen, as they go head-to-head in one of most unique family relationships on television. Adding to these searing dynamics are the equally compelling portrayals from Bellamy Young, Lou Diamond Phillips, Halston Sage and the entire cast in a brilliant premiere season as told by Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver. We’d like to thank our friends, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, and everyone at Warner Bros. Television for helping make a series that left everyone wanting more, and we’re thrilled to have Prodigal Son return for our 2020-21 slate.”

The series, which averages 8.9 million total Viewers in multiplatform audience, and ranks as this season’s #2 new scripted program, after FOX’s 9-1-1: Lone Star, stars Tom Payne as Malcolm Bright, a psychologist with a gift for understanding how serial killers think, because his father, Dr. Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen) was one of the worst, a notorious serial killer called “The Surgeon.”

Bright is the best criminal psychologist around and murder is the family business. He uses his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes for his longtime mentor, NYPD Detective Gil Arroyo (Lou Diamond Phillips), all while dealing with his manipulative mother, Jessica whitly (Bellamy Young), his seemingly normal sister, Ainsley Whitly (Halston Sage) and a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son. 

The series also stars Aurora Perrineau, Frank Harts and Keiko Agena.

In the season finale, the events of “The Girl in the Box” mystery concluded with a shocking twist suggesting that killing runs deep in the Whitly family.

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