Prodigal Son Scores Full-Season Order at Fox

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And we have our first full season order of the 2019-20 TV season. 

FOX has gifted Prodigal Son a full season order, adding nine new episodes to give the series a 22 episode first season. 

Whitly Family Dinner  - Prodigal Son Season 1 Episode 1

The decision to keep the series around for the full season is no surprise. It was the highest-rated new series on any network and helped lead FOX to its victory on the opening night of the broadcast season in 10 years. 

In fact, Prodigal Son Season 1 Episode 1 garnered 8.5 million multi-platform viewers, with the number eclipsing 10 million when an encore telecast was factored in. 

Bright FBI - Tall  - Prodigal Son Season 1 Episode 1

"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," said Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment, FOX Entertainment.

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"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." 

Like Father, Like Son - Tall  - Prodigal Son Season 1 Episode 1

Prodigal Son centers on Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne, The Walking Dead), a psychologist who has a gift for understanding how serial killers think, because his father, Dr. Martin Whitly (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex, Frost/Nixon), was one of the worst, a notorious serial killer called "The Surgeon."

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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 (Bellamy Young, Scandal, Criminal Minds), his annoyingly normal sister, Ainsley Whitly (Halston Sage, The Orville) and a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son, not to mention his own constantly evolving neuroses. 

Jessica Whitly - Tall  - Prodigal Son Season 1 Episode 1

The only way Bright feels normal is by solving cases with the help of his longtime mentor, NYPD Detective Gil Arroyo (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Lou Diamond Phillips, Longmire, Stand and Deliver).

Arroyo's one of the best detectives around, and he expects no less from his team - Detective Dani Powell (Aurora Perrineau, The Carmichael Show, Jem and the Holograms), a headstrong no-nonsense cop who quickly becomes impressed with Bright's work; and Detective JT Tarmel (Frank Harts, Master of None, Billions), a born-and-bred New Yorker who questions whether Bright is a psychopath himself. 

The Surgeon - Tall  - Prodigal Son Season 1 Episode 1

What are your thoughts on this early full-season order?

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Remember, you can watch Prodigal Son online right here via TV Fanatic. 

Prodigal Son airs Mondays at 9/8c.

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Prodigal Son Quotes

 No one is born broken. Someone breaks us.


Malcolm, Malcolm, listen to me. I want you to remember something, OK? You're my son, and I love you. I will always love you because we're the same.