Prodigal Son: Michael Sheen appears in second season trailer
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Prodigal Son season two is coming to an end tomorrow evening (Tuesday, May 18) on Fox in the US and fans have been awaiting news of the show’s fate ever since. Sadly, Prodigal Son will not return for a third outing but why has the serial killer series been cancelled? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Why has Prodigal Son been cancelled?
In May 2021, it was confirmed Progidal Son would not be returning to Fox in the US.
Taking to Twitter to address the show’s cancellation, Tom Payne who played Malcolm Bright in the series wrote: “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.”
Several hours later, he tweeted: “Guys. The end of the season is EPIC. And, in the end, kind of inevitable. We left it all on the field. I gave my heart and soul to this job, it’s all on the screen. I can’t wait for you to see it.”
Lou Diamond Phillips, who plays NYPD lieutenant Gil Arroyo added: “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.”
Bellamy Young, who played Bright’s mother Jessica posted: “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.”
At the moment, an official reason for the show’s cancellation has been given.
However, it could have something to do with the low viewing figures on Fox.
Per ratings aggregator TV Series Finale, the show averaged 2.1 million total viewers per episode and had a 0.41 rating among the 18 to 49 demographic.
Between the first and second series, there was a 3&% drop in viewers.
Nevertheless, despite low linear ratings, the series was doing well digitally.
Express.co.uk will update this article when more information is available.
There is some promising news for fans of Prodigal Son.
According to Deadline, there is a huge possibility other networks are interested in saving the series, including HBO Max.
The first two seasons of Prodigal Son are available to stream on HBO Max now, so it would make perfect sense for HBO Max to house the third outing.
Additionally, a #SaveProdigalSon has begun online by loyal Progial son fans.
Several TV shows have been saved in the past by streaming platforms and other networks, so Prodigal Son fans should keep their fingers crossed.
For example, Netflix stepped in to save Lucifer after Fox cancelled the series after three seasons in 2018 and Amazon Prime Video stepped in to take on The Expanse.
One fan tweeted: “Who wouldn’t want more of this smart show. @netflix @HBOMax I need them! #RenewProdigalSon #SaveProdigalSon.”
A second fan said: “#SaveProdigalSon This can’t be the end…..it just can’t. THIS IS THE BEST SHOW ON TV!!! Don’t let this be the end. Please @HBO @hbomax @hulu @warnerbros @warnerbrostv.”
A third fan added: “It won’t be the end if us Prodigies have anything to say about it, and we do. Quite loudly, in fact! #SaveProdigalSon #SaveTheTurtlenecks.”
Prodigal Son follows the life of Malcolm Bright (played by Tom Payne) who is trying to distance himself from the trauma he experienced as a child after finding out his father, Dr Martin Whitley/The Surgeon(Michael Sheen) is a serial killer.
With his father in prison, Malcolm himself fears he will become a serial killer just like his father.
As an FBI profiler, Malcolm has crossed paths with his father as he needs his help to find several serial killers on the loose.
If season three is saved, fans can expect to see all of the show’s main stars return for a third outing, barring no major deaths.
This includes Tom Payne and Michael Sheen as father and son duo Malcolm and Martin Whitly.
The show also stars Halston Sage as Ainsley Whitly, Lou Diamond Phillips as Gil Arroyo and Bellamy Young as Jessica Whitly.
The main cast is completed by Frank Harts, Keiko Agena and Aurora Perrineau.
Oscar-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones joined the cast of season two as Claremont Psychiatric’s new resident MD, Dr Vivian Capshaw.
Prodigal Son season 2 concludes Tuesday, May 18 on Fox
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