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Sky One Picks Up ‘Prodigal Son’ Starring Michael Sheen & Tom Payne

by Dave Elliott

Sky One Picks Up ‘Prodigal Son’ Starring Michael Sheen & Tom Payne

Sky One and NOW TV have picked up the rights to FOX’s Michael Sheen & Tom Payne serial killer drama Prodigal Son it has been announced.

From Emmy Award-nominated executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter (‘Riverdale’, ‘The Flash’) and writers Chris Fedak (‘Deception’, ‘Chuck’) and Sam Sklaver (‘Deception’, ‘Bored to Death’), the series is a fresh take on a crime franchise with a provocative and outrageous lead character and a darkly comedic tone.

Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne, ‘The Walking Dead’) has a gift. He knows how killers think, how their minds work. Why? Back in the 1990s, his father was one of the best, a notorious serial killer called “The Surgeon”. That’s why Bright is the best criminal psychologist around; murder is the family business. He will use his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes and stop killers, all while dealing with a manipulative mother, annoyingly normal sister, a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son and his own constantly evolving neuroses.

Meet the “happy” family… Dr. Martin Whitly (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Michael Sheen, ‘Masters of Sex’, ‘Frost/Nixon’) is intelligent, wealthy and charismatic, and also happens to be a predatory sociopath who killed at least 23 people. Bright’s mother, Jessica Whitly (Bellamy Young, ‘Scandal’, ‘Criminal Minds’), an elegant and WASPy New Yorker, wields sarcasm like a samurai sword and has an opinion on every aspect of Bright’s life. Perhaps Bright’s only ally is his sister, Ainsley Whitly (Halston Sage, ‘The Orville’), a TV journalist who wishes her brother would “take a break from murder” and have a normal life.

Unfortunately for his sister, 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, ‘The Path’, ‘Billions’), a born-and-bred New Yorker who questions whether Bright is a psychopath himself. So much for normal…

Prodigal Son‘ Season 1 is currently pencilled in to air Tuesday, 28th July 2020 on Sky One and NOW TV, however, that is not a 100% confirmed air date so may shift between now and then. We’ll let you know when it is confirmed.

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