We know, we know – another crime drama to add to the bombardment of true-crime and crime dramas that are all the rage these days. Yes, Prodigal Son is just that – and it just may be what you’re looking for.
When it comes to drama – particularly crime dramas – network TV will almost always stick to playbook, some quite cleverly, but are typically predictable and rarely keep you on the edge of your seat.
However keep in mind that network television is an ever-evolving medium and Fox’s new series, Prodigal Son, may be just what you’re looking for when you need a break from the of the ID Network or just don’t feel like watching re-runs of Forensic Files.
Far from his role as “Jesus” in The Walking Dead, as Thomas Payne plays the role of Criminal Profiler Malcom Bright who, after being fired by the FBI, is recruited by NYPD detective Gil Arroyo (Lou Diamond Phillips).
What’s so special about Malcom? For starters, he has a brilliant mind and has an uncanny knack to look into the mind of a murderer and know what he’s up to next. Oh – and his father is a notorious serial killer.
Meet the family.
Michael Sheen ( “Frost/Nixon, Apostle” ) plays good ol’ Dad, who is also the infamous Dr. Martin Whitly/“The Surgeon,” (who was apprehended by authorities in the late 90’s after murdering 23 people.) Fast-forward to present day where Dr. Whitly he spends his time in a decked out prison cell and lends his criminal mastermind to his son and the NYPD to catch bad guys.
And Mom? Mom’s a boozy, pill- poppin’ socialite named Jessica (Bellamy Young) whose husband was carted off to the loony-bin, and now it’s her job to wade through the chaos and manage the family as best she can.
Will Prodigal Son be your new Friday-night-never-miss show? It just might.
Prodigal Son premieres on Fox. Sept. 23 at 8PM/CST.
Cast: Tom Payne, Michael Sheen, Bellamy Young, Lou Diamond Phillips, Halston Sage, Aurora Perrineau, Frank Harts, Keiko Agena.
Executive Producers: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Chris Fedak, Sam Sklaver.