Prodigal Son Earns a Full First Season Order from Fox

Prodigal Son Tom Payne and Michael Sheen
Tom Payne and Michael Sheen star in ‘Prodigal Son’ (Photo by David Giesbrecht © 2019 FOX MEDIA)

Fox’s Prodigal Son has earned a full season order, becoming the first new fall series to earn a season one pickup. The network’s given the drama an order for nine additional episodes, upping the season one total to 22 episodes.

According to Fox, Prodigal Son is the “highest highest-rated new series on any network.” More than 8.5 million people watched the series premiere which aired on September 23, 2019. New episodes air on Mondays at 9pm ET/PT.

Tom Payne (The Walking Dead) and Michael Sheen (Good Omens) lead the cast of the new Fox primetime drama. Bellamy Young, Halston Sage, Lou Diamond Phillips, Aurora Perrineau, and Frank Harts also star in season one.

Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver are the season one writers and showrunners. Fedak and Sklaver also executive produce along with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.

Prodigal Son delivers a fantastic crime procedural with a complicated and compelling father-son relationship at its core, thanks to the stellar performances from Tom Payne and Michael Sheen,” stated Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment, FOX Entertainment. “The series has razor-sharp writing, cinematic visuals and is an inventive twist on the genre. We want to thank our executive producers, Greg, Sarah, Chris and Sam, Peter Roth and our partners at Warner Bros., and the entire cast and crew. We can’t wait to see how this twisted journey continues to unfold.”

The Season 1 Plot, Courtesy of Fox:

Prodigal Son centers on Malcolm Bright (Payne), a psychologist who has a gift for understanding how serial killers think, because his father, Dr. Martin Whitly (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 and stop killers, all while dealing with his manipulative mother, Jessica Whitly (Young), his annoyingly normal sister, Ainsley Whitly (Sage) and a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son, not to mention his own constantly evolving neuroses.

The only way Bright feels normal is by solving cases with the help of his longtime mentor, NYPD Detective Gil Arroyo (Diamond Phillips). Arroyo’s one of the best detectives around, and he expects no less from his team – Detective Dani Powell (Perrineau), a headstrong no-nonsense cop who quickly becomes impressed with Bright’s work; and Detective JT Tarmel (Harts), a born-and-bred New Yorker who questions whether Bright is a psychopath himself.