FOX has given the go ahead on a second season of horror drama The Exorcist. Thus far in the upfronts process, this is the closest thing to a surprise renewal that we’ve gotten, as The Exorcist didn’t have huge ratings (or huge-for-Friday ratings), doesn’t have syndication prospects, and somehow got a renewal over a network-owned procedural with 44 episodes. However, it had very strong word-of-mouth and notably consistent ratings, which could give FOX the opportunity to grow the series into a critical darling that transcends the stigma that comes with being a TV series derived from a movie.
A sequel to the acclaimed 1973 film of the same name and developed for television by Jeremy Slater (Pet), The Exorcist follows the Rance family, desperate to seek help for their daughter that’s been possessed by a demonic presence. When the two priests that answer their desperate pleas for assistance arrive, though, it becomes evident that things with the Rance family aren’t as they initially seemed.
Season one of The Exorcist starred Alfonso Herrera (Sense8), Ben Daniels (Flesh and Bone), Geena Davis (Thelma & Louise), Alan Ruck (Bunheads), and Sharon Gless (Queer as Folk).
The season finale of The Exorcist aired this past December on FOX. The network will be unveiling its plans for 2017-18 on Monday, May 15th; you can check out what KSiteTV thought their schedule could look like here.