Looks like fans of FOX's Prodigal Son will have another season of deadly family dysfunction to wade through, with FOX giving an official green light for the second season of the psychological thriller. For FOX Entertainment's Michael Thorn, the series earned the pick-up through a combination of a quality cast and storyline that grew its audience over the course of its first season: "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."
If you're looking for a reason for the second-season renewal, look no further than how the series did in delayed viewing. The series averages 8.9 million Total Viewers across multiple platforms, resulting in an impressive 162% increase above its Live + Same Day delivery. Prodigal Son also ranks as this season's second top new scripted series, after FOX's 9-1-1: Lone Star. To "celebrate" the occasion, viewers are getting a sneak preview of what's to come for Ainsley (Sage) now that she's proven herself a true Whitly:
PRODIGAL SON follows MALCOLM BRIGHT (Tom Payne), a psychologist who has 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.
FOX's Prodigal Son is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and FOX Entertainment. Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver created the series, and both are executive producers, showrunners and writers on the show. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Adam Kane serve as executive producers. Lee Toland Krieger directed and executive-produced the pilot "Like".