Although fans of Fox’s The Exorcist were thrilled to learn that the series had been renewed for Season Two so late in the game, many were disappointed that the show would no longer feature the fan-favorite characters of the Rance Family of Season One. Geena Davis’ Angela, Hannah Kasulka’s Casey, Brianne Howey’s Kat, and Alan Ruck’s Henry had a lot to do with the excellent character-driven storytelling of the first season, and Season Two simply hasn’t been the same without them. Fortunately, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel!
Five episodes into the season, Fox’s The Exorcist has fully returned to form and is now firing on all cylinders! After a shaky start, the series now seems to remember what made Season One so incredible in the first place: character development and slower, more nuanced scares.
The kids of Andrew Kim’s (John Cho) foster home finally feel three dimensional because they’re given some lengthy scenes to be all in the same place to take a breather. The group goes on a camping trip as the result of a thinly-veiled effort on Kim’s part to alleviate the problem with Grace (Amélie Eve), which Kim believes is a stress-induced psychological manifestation. The viewers know that the problem goes much deeper than psychology when Grace begins stalking Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera) around the abandoned Kim home. Grace’s supernatural presence is accompanied by stereotypical bumps in the night and swinging chandeliers, but the show really kicks it into high gear with more original scares like the final scene where Grace appears behind the damaged painting and turns into something altogether different. Bonus points should be awarded to the filmmakers for playing the scene without any startling musical cues… the imagery alone is enough for the scene to be altogether unsettling! read more
I was not a big fan of last year’s pilot episode of Fox’s The Exorcist. I found it to be a little too over the top with its introduction of themes, too rushed in its pacing, and too direct in its over-reliance on CGI. However, as Season One unfolded, the series ended up proving itself to be one of the best horror shows on television. Episode by episode, The Exorcist became a slow crawling character study which was reserved in its delivery while packing a hard punch whenever it was needed to further the story. It was nuanced, it was thought-provoking, and it was engaging. read more
It’s nothing short of a miracle that we will be watching new episodes of Fox’s The Exorcist later this month. The first season was praised by fans and critics alike, but the series didn’t do the kind of ratings the network was looking for (To be fair, though, they were pretty decent for the undesirable Friday night time slot that the show was given). Fortunately, the powers that be responded to an aggressive fan campaign and have granted us a second season, which will begin airing on September 29th, 2017. read more
With only a couple of months left before its September 29th premiere date, we are beginning to learn more and more about the elusive plot, setting, and characters of Fox’s The Exorcist Season Two. We knew early on that Ben Daniels and Alfonso Herrera’s demon-battling priests would be moving on from the Rance family and it’s matriarch, played by Geena Davis. With today’s news, we have a better idea of where they’ll be heading. Deadline reports that John Cho has joined the cast for Season Two, and he will be filling a major role which will take the series in a new direction. Fans know Cho for his work in the current Star Trek theatrical series and his character, Harold, of the Harold & Kumar series of comedy films. read more
Earlier today, Variety reported the estimated salaries of the highest-paid actors in television shows. The narrative surrounding this report is all about how television can be more lucrative than ever before for popular talent, and that actors and actresses are doing very well financially on the small screen. One interesting takeaway from all of these lists is the fact that horror genre talent is almost entirely missing out on this phenomenon.
Geena Davis ranked #44 on the drama list, earning an estimated $100,000 per episode of The Exorcist. The only other performer on any of the lists with strong ties to the horror genre is Sarah Wayne Callies, formerly of The Walking Dead. She ranked #32 on the drama list, earning an estimated $175,000 per episode of Prison Break. That’s all, folks! read more
It takes a lot of guts to turn one of the most infamous horror films of all time into a network television series. Most horror fans have such vivid and sacred memories of 1973’s The Exorcist, that the producers must have known that comparisons would inevitably made between the original masterpiece and Fox’s new Friday night series. The decisions of the showrunners over which elements of the film to include in their pilot episode could help viewers determine what kind of remake/reboot/re-whatever this is going to be. While some of these decisions end up being a little too formulaic and redundant, some of the new elements added to the formula could ultimately be what might make the show interesting. read more