Prodigal Son Season 2: Malcolm's Rollercoater Just Got More Twisted

With the Tom Payne and Michael Sheen-starring FOX series Prodigal Son back to stalking our screens starting January 12, viewers are getting a fresh look at what the new season holds for the Whitlys. By the end of last season, Ainsley (Halston Sage) proved she truly was "daddy's little girl" by turning Nicholas Endicott (Dermot Mulroney) into a bloody pincushion. Now, Malcolm (Payne) needs to find a way to keep both Ainsley and their mother Jessica (Bellamy Young) out of jail- while still putting away the "big bads" at his day job. Oh, and then there's the matter of dead old dad Martin (Sheen), who thinks his kids are now "in a really good place" and seems to be "digging" the idea of a family reunion.

Prodigal Son screencap for the second season. (Image: FOX TV)
Prodigal Son screencap for the second season. (Image: FOX TV)

For a look at how Malcolm's second-season life is quickly about to become "A Psycho Rollercoaster," check out the clip below- with FOX's Prodigal Son returning on Tuesday, January 12, 2021:

PRODIGAL SON follows MALCOLM BRIGHT (Tom Payne), a criminal profiler with a rare talent for getting inside the minds of killers. He learned how they think because his father, DR. MARTIN WHITLY (Michael Sheen), was a notorious serial killer known as "The Surgeon." Now he's using his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve their most puzzling murders. Bright's team, led by his longtime mentor, NYPD Lieutenant GIL ARROYO (Lou Diamond Phillips), includes Detectives DANI POWELL (Aurora Perrineau), JT TARMEL (Frank Harts) and medical examiner DR. EDRISA TANAKA (Keiko Agena).

Season Two picks up with Bright's personal life in disarray after his sister AINSLEY's (Halston Sage) shocking actions in the Season One finale. Now, he must "take care" of her and protect his mother JESSICA WHITLY (Bellamy Young) from a secret that could tear the family apart all over again! Further complicating matters, Martin seeks to deepen his relationship with Bright, his prodigal son, but forging this bond leads to shocking twists and revelations.

Prodigal Son key art for the second season. (Image: FOXTV)
Prodigal Son key art for the second season. (Image: FOX TV)

FOX's Prodigal Son stars Tom Payne as Malcolm Bright, Michael Sheen as Dr. Martin Whitly, Bellamy Young as Jessica Whitly, Lou Diamond Phillips as Gil Arroyo, Halston Sage as Ainsley Whitly, Aurora Perrineau as Dani Powell, Frank Harts as JT Tarmel, and Keiko Agena as Edrisa Tanaka. Joining the cast for the second season include Christian Borle (Little Shop of Horrors) as Friar Pete, a former friar ejected from his church for extremist views, he is famous for a notorious killing spree that has landed him in the psychiatric ward with Martin. Friar Pete is a careful listener and offers respite to the other patients — and becomes a key consultant in Bright's latest case. Michael Potts' (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) Dr. Brandon Marsh is Martin's new therapist at Claremont who's desperate to have a breakthrough with his psychiatric patients.

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".

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