Fox Tells Prodigal Son to Hit the Road After Two Seasons at the Network

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Did prodigal son get Cancelled?

More Stories by Lesley. Fox has started making decisions about its bubble dramas. The network has canceled sophomore drama Prodigal Son. The series, a co-production between Warner Bros. Television and Fox Entertainment, hailed from super-producer Greg Berlanti. Hollywood Reporter‘Prodigal Son’ Canceled at Fox

Why was prodigal son Cancelled?

Though Fox declined to comment on Prodigal Son's axing, a network insider told TVLine it was an “incredibly difficult” decision to pull the plug, citing the show's dwindling ratings as a driving factor. tvline.com'Prodigal Son' Cancelled, Ending at Fox — Read Cast Reactions

Prodigal Son follows Bright (Tom Payne), a terrific profiler who is understandably concerned he’ll end up like his father, Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen), who is, of course, a convicted serial killer known as “the Surgeon.” For its second season, the series added Alan Cumming as suspicious Europol detective Simon Hoxley and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Vivian Capshaw, a doctor at Martin’s psychiatric hospital and, naturally, also his love interest.

However, according to TVline, despite the casting additions, the show’s viewership was reportedly “just too small to justify bringing it back for a third season.” Maybe Malcolm can return to school now, explore a new career path, and get his degree in library science. Knowing Prodigal Son, though, Martin is probably just as good at reshelving as dismembering, and has already tucked body-part bookmarks into half the hardcover novels in the city. Seriously, his son cannot catch a break.

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Fans Create Petition to Save ‘Prodigal Son’

Nerds and Beyond 11 May, 2021 - 08:01pm

FOX has cancelled the drama which saw only two season of incredible episodes following profiler Malcolm Bright who has a talent for getting inside the minds of criminals thanks in part to his own father, notorious serial killer Martin Whitly.

Throughout the two seasons, fans have been treated to edge of your seat drama as Bright partnered with the NYPD to bring down criminals in the big city. More than just a procedural cop show, Prodigal Son also explored the Whitly family dynamics as Malcolm, his sister Ainsley, and their mother Jessica all reconciled Martin’s actions in their own way. The show never shied away from difficult topics, lending a voice to the importance of mental health through Malcolm, exploring systematic racism through NYPD detectives JT Tarmel and Dani Powell, and the complex relationships as these characters grew to know each other.

Not ones to go down without a fight, Prodigies had begun a petition to save the show a full three days before the official announcement from the network and it already carries nearly 1,400 signatures. The announcement comes just over a week before the season 2 finale, which we can almost guarantee will be a cliffhanger if season 1 was any indication. Fans can sign the petition here and share it via social media once they’ve do so.

We’ll continue to bring you the latest coverage on the beloved show until the season 2 finale which will air Tuesday, May 18.

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‘Prodigal Son’s Tom Payne, Bellamy Young & More React To Fox Series Cancellation: “We Did It In Style”

Deadline 10 May, 2021 - 08:04pm

The Prodigal Son family will not return for Season 3 on  Fox. Upon hearing of the cancellation, members of the Prodigal Son cast reacted to the news, celebrating their time on the series and each other.

“What a trip. Playing Malcolm has been a joy and a privilege. The best cast on network TV and the most unique show around,” wrote lead actor Tom Payne. We did it in style. Love to everyone who enjoyed it all along with us. And check out the last to eps! THEY ARE AMAZING.”

Prodigal Son, produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and Fox Entertainment, follows Malcolm Bright (Payne), son of Dr. Martin Whitley aka “The Surgeon” (Michael Sheen), who as a child was responsible for enabling the police to arrest his father. Bright has not seen his father in 10 years after joining Quantico. Now a profiler, formerly with the FBI until he was fired, Bright finds himself drawn back into constant contact with his father as he must both use Whitly’s insights to help the police solve particularly horrible crimes and battle his own inner demons.

The series’ cast also included Bellamy Young, Lou Diamond Phillips, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Halston Sage, Aurora Perrineau, Frank Harts and Keiko Agena. It was executive produced by Chris Fedak, Sam Sklaver, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.

Young, who played Jessica, shared her appreciation for the series’ fans on Twitter, noting that she’s “heartbroken that we can’t keep telling this story.”

Said Phillips, “Gutted. Didn’t see that one coming.”

Agena, Perrineau and Schechter also reacted to the cancellation. See the Tweets below.

What a trip. Playing Malcolm has been a joy and a privilege. The best cast on network TV and the most unique show around. We did it in style. Love to everyone who enjoyed it all along with us. And check out the last two eps! THEY ARE AMAZING. 😘 #ProdigalSon

— Tom Payne (@justanactor) May 11, 2021

Just wanted to pop on & say THANK YOU, wonderful #Prodigies , for sharing this adventure with us. I am, as you can imagine, heartbroken that we can't keep telling this story. We're gonna go out in STYLE tho- these last 2 eps are 🔥. Love each of you. So much. #ProdigalSon 💗❤️

— Bellamy Young (@BellamyYoung) May 11, 2021

— Keiko Agena (@KeikoAgena) May 11, 2021

Love you Dani. Thanks for the ride! Thanks to the crew, the cast , the fans, @FOXTV and @warnerbrostv for everything. Forever grateful for this experience pic.twitter.com/JIxzvC9iBf

— Aurora Perrineau (@AuroraPerrineau) May 10, 2021

Wow. Gutted. Didn’t see that one coming. Might be taking a few days away from the platform #Prodigies. Just know that you have been the most wonderful, entertaining, brilliant fan base I have ever encountered. Much Love. #GilArroyo #ProdigalSon

— Lou Diamond Phillips (@LouDPhillips) May 11, 2021

💔 as I loved making Prodigal Son. I think the best cast on network television. An incredible NYC crew. A staff of brilliant writers led by the Creators/Showrunners Chris Fedak & Sam Sklaver who poured their hearts (and twisted minds) into making this delightfully disturbing show https://t.co/NvUEpGnzPP

— Sarah Schechter (@SarahSoWitty) May 10, 2021

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'Prodigal Son' canceled after two seasons on Fox

Entertainment Weekly News 10 May, 2021 - 07:01pm

The decision to cancel the psychological crime drama instead of moving forward with a third season is said to have been a difficult one for the network, but ended up coming down to ratings. The final episode of season 2 — "The Last Weekend," which airs May 18 — will now serve as the series finale.

Prodigal Son stars The Walking Dead alum Tom Payne as Malcolm Bright, a gifted profiler who works with the NYPD, including detective Gil Arroyo (Lou Diamond Phillips), Dani Powell (Aurora Perrineau), and J.T. Tarmel (Frank Harts) to solve cases. Bright is also the son of an infamous serial killer, Dr. Martin Whitley, played by Michael Sheen. Scandal alum Bellamy Young plays Malcolm's mother, the wealthy socialite Jessica Whitly.

Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones joined the cast in season 2, playing Dr. Vivian Capshaw, who works at Claremont Psychiatric, the facility where Martin is serving his sentence.

Prodigal Son was one of a host of shows from executive producer Greg Berlanti, who is also behind many of the DC shows on the CW, such as The Flash, Supergirl, and Superman and Lois

‘Prodigal Son’ Canceled By Fox After 2 Seasons

Deadline 10 May, 2021 - 05:32pm

Fox has opted not to renew drama Prodigal Son for a third season. It is unclear yet whether leading studio Warner Bros TV would be shopping the series elsewhere. Sibling streamer HBO Max, which has previous seasons of Prodigal Son, would be a logical destination for the serialized serial killer drama.

Sophomore Prodigal Son, co-produced by Fox Entertainment, was a true bubble show. It was the last Fox drama to get a renewal last year, a move that didn’t come until after the upfronts, and it came down to the wire again for the series. It was liked creatively at the network, and there was a will to try and find a path to bring the series back, with various scenarios explored.

Its linear ratings were pretty modest — Prodigal Son was the lowest-rated among the current Fox drama series — but it has been doing well in digital viewing. The remaining three Fox drama series, 9-1-1, 9-1-1: Lone Star and The Resident, are expected to be renewed.

Prodigal Son had an unusual — and challenging — production schedule stemming from the casting of Michael Sheen, which had been an obstacle throughout the show’s run. But the show had been able to work around it for two seasons while attracting big names for season-long arcs, most recently Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The series’ Season 2 cast included Sheen, Tom Payne, Bellamy Young, Lou Diamond Phillips, Zeta-Jones, Halston Sage, Aurora Perrineau, Frank Harts, Keiko Agena. The series was executive produced by co-creators Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver as well as Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.

The cancellation for Prodigal Son comes as Fox picked up four new drama series for next season — Monarch, The Big Leap, Our Kind of People and The Cleaning Lady — up from two last season.

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Prodigal Son Cancelled at Fox

Yahoo Entertainment 10 May, 2021 - 05:25pm

Fox declined to comment, but a network insider tells TVLine that the decision to pull the plug on the dramatic thriller was an “incredibly difficult” one, adding, however, that Prodigal Son‘s viewership was just too small to justify bringing it back for a third season.

Through its May 4 episode, Prodigal Son is averaging just north of 2 million weekly viewers and a 0.4 demo rating (in Live+Same Day numbers) — down 38 and 45 percent from its freshman run. Among the six original dramas Fox has aired this TV season, it ranks fourth in both measures, besting only the already-cancelled Filthy Rich and NEXT.

Prodigal Son starred Walking Dead alum Tom Payne as Malcolm Bright, a profiler for the NYPD and, unfortunately, the son of Martin Whitly — better known as infamous serial killer The Surgeon (Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex). As Bright assisted the Major Crimes division with solving grisly and unconventional cases, occasionally with his father’s input, he attempted to manage the psychological toll taken by reconnecting with Martin. (Emphasis on “attempted.”)

The cast also included Lou Diamond Phillips (Longmire) as Gil Arroyo, an NYPD lieutenant and Bright’s longtime mentor; Bellamy Young (Scandal) as Jessica, Bright’s mother; Halston Sage (The Orville) as Ainsley, Bright’s sister (and a murderer herself!); Aurora Perrineau (When They See Us) as Dani, Bright’s coworker and potential love interest; Frank Harts (Billions) as Det. JT Tarmel; and Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls) as medical examiner Edrisa, who harbored a serious crush on Bright during the show’s run.

Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones was added to the cast this season in an effort to boost the series’ lagging ratings.

As the end of Season 2 nears, Bright is searching for his on-the-lam father, who escaped from Claremont Psychiatric Hospital in the May 4 installment, all while trying to cover up his sister’s murder of Nicholas Endicott. The now-series finale airs Tuesday, May 18 at 9/8c.

The show’s cast took to Twitter with their reactions to the cancellation news, with Payne writing, “What a trip. Playing Malcolm has been a joy and a privilege. The best cast on network TV and the most unique show around. We did it in style. Love to everyone who enjoyed it all along with us. And check out the last two eps! THEY ARE AMAZING.”

Young, meanwhile, added: “Just wanted to pop on & say THANK YOU, wonderful #Prodigies, for sharing this adventure with us. I am, as you can imagine, heartbroken that we can’t keep telling this story. We’re gonna go out in STYLE tho- these last 2 eps are [fire emoji]. Love each of you. So much.”

Perrineau also shared her thoughts. “Love you Dani. Thanks for the ride! Thanks to the crew, the cast , the fans, @FOXTV and @warnerbrostv for everything. Forever grateful for this experience,” the actress wrote.

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Fox has canceled “Prodigal Son” after two seasons, Variety has learned. The news comes ahead of the second season finale, which is scheduled to air on May 18. That episode will now serve as the series finale. An insider with knowledge of the situation characterized the move to cancel the series as a difficult one, but […]

Fox has opted not to renew drama Prodigal Son for a third season. It is unclear yet whether leading studio Warner Bros TV would be shopping the series elsewhere. Sibling streamer HBO Max, which has previous seasons of Prodigal Son, would be a logical destination for the serialized serial killer drama. Sophomore Prodigal Son, co-produced […]

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