Prodigal Son, the freshman Fox TV crime-solver, is not only a stylish take on the genre, but an intriguing platform for TV refugees. A recent high-profile casualty on The Walking Dead, Tom Payne nabbed the starring role after Iron Fist‘s Finn Jones was first cast and subsequently removed. Payne is joined by Michael Sheen (Good Omens), Halston Sage (The Orville), Bellamy Young (Scandal) and Lou Diamond Phillips (Longmire).
The show is produced by Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV. Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver, a duo who worked together on ABC’s recent, short-lived crime-solving magician series, Deception, serve as writers and executive producers, joined in the latter capacity by Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. The pilot was directed by Lee Toland Krieger, who’s helmed episodes of Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Deadly Class.
Prodigal Son Episode Count
In the latest news on Prodigal Son, Fox has just made an auspicious act of faith, giving the series a full-season order. The move expands upon the network’s initial 13-episode order by nine, bringing the total of Season 1 to a full and proper 22 episodes.
Indeed, Fox cites 8.5 million total viewers across all platforms for the show’s September 23 premiere. The network also cites a viewership growth of 50% after three days of delayed viewing, making it the top debut series, having earned a 1.5 among adults 18-49.
Interestingly, the network embarked on a bit of renegade marketing when it generated early buzz by uploading the full Prodigal Son pilot on YouTube ten days before its premiere.
Prodigal Son Release Date
Prodigal Son airs on Fox on Mondays at 9/8c.
The series premiered on September 23.
Prodigal Son Trailer
Located just below are a few of the preview trailers for Fox’s Prodigal Son, as the series is currently in full swing. As Fox’s official logline for the series reads:
A fresh take on a crime franchise with a provocative and outrageous lead character and a darkly comedic tone. Malcolm Bright knows how killers think. Why? His father was one of the best, a notorious serial killer called “The Surgeon.” That’s why Bright is the best criminal psychologist around; murder is the family business. He uses his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes, while dealing with a somewhat manipulative mother, an annoyingly normal sister, a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son and his own constantly evolving neuroses.
Prodigal Son Cast
Here’s the official primary cast breakdown…
Tom Payne – “Malcolm Bright”
Michael Sheen – “Dr. Martin Whitly”
Bellamy Young – “Jessica Whitly”
Lou Diamond Phillips – “Gil Arroyo”
Halston Sage – “Ainsley Whitly”
Aurora Perrineau – “Dani Powell”
Frank Harts – “JT Tarmel”
Keiko Agena – “Edrisa Tanaka”
Michael Sheen has reportedly drawn behind-the-scenes praise for his portrayal of Dr. Martin Whitly, a notorious serial killer who happens to be the father of Payne’s protagonist, Malcolm.
Sage is set to star as serial killer profiler Malcolm Bright’s younger sister, Ainsley, as Deadline first reported. Ainsley is a good-humored TV journalist who has a good, but complicated relationship with her brother. Sage previously played Lt. Alara Kitan on Fox’s The Orville before her character was (somewhat abruptly) written off, though she did return for an alternate-timeline-set guest spot in the Season 2 finale.
Erstwhile Iron Fist star Finn Jones had been lined up for his first major project outside the safe confines of Netflix’s Marvel universe…but things have already gone south. According to Deadline, Finn Jones was set to star in an ambitious-sounding Fox crime drama pilot called Prodigal Son. However, four days after the news of Jones’ casting was announced, the actor has been replaced Tom Payne (The Walking Dead).
The Wrap said that Jones’ replacement “came about as a result of creative differences after the table read.” Make of that what you will.