Prodigal Son (TV series)
|Creator:||Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver|
|Date(s):||September 23, 2019 – present|
|Medium:||Live-action TV show|
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|External Links:||Fox Site, Wikipedia|
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Prodigal Son is an Fox crime drama and procedural television show. While prodigal Son is mostly drama, it has a healthy bit of humor as well.
The story follows Malcolm Bright, a forensic profiler whose father Dr. Martin Whitley is a serial killer better known as The Surgeon. At its heart, the show is a family drama dealing with the fallout for the family (he, his mother, and his sister) of the dad being a serial killer. In the pilot, he is fired from the FBI, and recruited by the NYPD. Every week has a case of the week, as well as an ongoing mystery of what actually happened all those years ago.
- Malcolm Bright (formerly known as Malcolm Whitly)
- Gil Arroyo
- Ainsley Whitly
- Dani Powell
- JT Tarmel
- Edrisa Tanaka
- Jessica Whitly
- Martin Whitly
The show was highly anticipated, due in part to the casting. Several actors brought with them fans from other projects they had worked on, including Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex, Good Omens), Bellamy Young (Scandal), and to a lesser degree, Tom Payne (The Walking Dead), Halston Sage (The Orville) and Lou Diamond Phillips (Longmire). Some of the earliest fan fiction on AO3 was posted prior to the airing of the pilot, based on the promos alone. Despite mixed critical reception, fan reception has been mostly positive.
There is a decent amount of fan art for the show, likely due to the fact that the fandom was beginning to form just before the start of Inktober.
Most of the fan fiction is gen, and focuses on Malcolm's trauma or his relationships with surrogate father figure Gil, his new colleagues, or his family. The most common genres are angst, hurt/comfort, and whump with Malcolm's PTSD often examined in fics.
While some fans say they ship Malcolm / Therapy, or think he doesn't need a love interest, ships are beginning to take shape. Pairings include:
- Malcolm Bright/Dani Powell
- Malcolm Bright/Edrisa Tanaka
- Dani Powell/Gil Arroyo
- Malcolm Bright/Martin Whitley
- Malcom Bright/ Gil Arroyo
Effect of COVID-19
Spring 2020 represented the second half of Prodigal Son's first season, and like fans of many other TV shows, Many Prodigal Son fans have been impatient to hear whether or not the show would get a second season. That future became much less certain, however, with the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prodigal Son is filmed and produced in New York City, which has been hit particularly hard by the virus. When New York City banned gatherings of more than 50 people, the show was forced to go into a production hiatus. There were two episodes of the season that hadn't been filmed yet, but because they had filmed out of order, it wasn't the final two episodes of the season. Instead, it was episodes 19 and 20 of the 22 episode season order that couldn't be made. The available episodes are still going to be aired, but it seems unlikely that the missing two episodes will ever get made.
The pandemic has likely also made renewal decisions much more complicated and difficult for networks. With no way of knowing how the state of things will unfold, or what restrictions might be in place when, it will likely be difficult, if not impossible to figure out what the fall TV schedule will look like. For the time being, neither existing shows, nor new shows can be filmed, which seemingly makes the discussion of renewal somewhat abstract.
In a time of a great deal of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a number of Prodigal Son fans decided to get together and show their support for the show. Since the pandemic prevented being able to gather in person for any kind of gathering or convention, they decided to organize a Twitter convention they named ProdigalCon. It was announced a couple of days earlier, and took place on March 22nd, 2020. It featured a number of different threads, each representing a convention "room". Threads included a fanart thread, a character appreciation thread (including a lot of "5 things I love about X" type posts), a thread linking to various articles and interviews related to the show, an episode repacp thread, and more. They also sprinkled throughout the day questions that fans had for cast members and/or writers. Many of these questions actually received replies from people associated with the show.