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Executive Producer of The Exorcist Shares Insight into Season One and Beyond

Variety recently sat down with Jeremy Slater, the creator and one of the executive producers of Fox’s The Exorcist series. Slater revealed many interesting details about the creative process of making the show and explained where the series will be going in the future.

Readers who have been following Horror News Network’s reviews know that the show is surprisingly intelligent and character-driven, especially for a TV-14 network show that airs at 9:00. While the pilot episode felt a little too reliant on the source material, the episodes that have followed have proven to be thoughtfully crafted and unafraid to explore ideas and storytelling techniques which go beyond the 1973 original movie. Based on Slater’s comments, these refreshing qualities were no accident: read more

The Exorcist: The Series “Star of the Morning” Episode Review

Two weeks since its series-altering surprise reveal, Fox’s The Exorcist returned to television this Friday with “Star of the Morning,” an episode which solidly builds upon this new surprising development. Last episode’s review avoided spoiling the major twist to give readers time to catch up with the series, but now it’s time to dive in!

In Episode Five, it is revealed that Geena Davis’ Angela Rance is really Regan MacNeil of the original The Exorcist film. While this twist explains some things, like why Angela’s mind jumped right to “possession” as soon as things started going wrong in her house; this change to the series mid-season could end up taking away from what has been built so far if the showrunners are not careful. Based on this week’s developments, it seems like the show is looking to build directly off of the first movie… potentially ignoring the mediocre Exorcist II: The Heretic and the slightly better The Exorcist III. We learn that Regan changed her name in an attempt to start fresh after her mother, Chris MacNeil, exploited her possession story for financial gain. No one, not even her husband Henry (Alan Ruck), knew of her secret, and this naturally allows for a lot of resentment and conflict between the various characters once it is known that Angela could have potentially been a better help in curing Casey (Hannah Kasulka) had she been completely honest about all of the variables. read more

The Exorcist: The Series “Through My Most Grievous Fault” Episode Review

The fifth episode of Fox’s The Exorcist series, entitled “Through My Most Grievous Fault,” certainly threw a curveball at viewers. While the twist is likely something many will be discussing this week, the quality and craftsmanship of the rest of the episode is just as worthy of conversation. “Through My Most Grievous Fault” offers up numerous chilling scenes in the midst of dramatic storytelling and character development.

For the sake of those who may not have caught the episode yet, I’m going to hold off on analyzing the major plot surprise that arrives at the very end. I will say that while it is one that has been talked about and hoped for by fans of the show over the past few weeks, at this point I feel neutral about this development. I don’t think the series needed it to be successful, but if it pulls more viewers into this excellent show, I’m all for it. read more

The Exorcist: The Series “The Moveable Feast” Episode Review

“The Moveable Feast,” the fourth episode of Fox’s The Exorcist series, continues to take the high road of horror film production due to a variety of intelligent developments and filmmaking choices. The pacing of the series seems to improve with each episode, taking on the approach of premium television storytelling in the format of a Friday night network show.

The Salesman’s (played by Robert Emmet Lunney) grip on Casey (Hannah Kasulka) tightens with each new scene of this episode. As his intentions become more and more clear, his physical appearance, voice, and actions start to resemble his true form. This once charming and subtle salesman reveals his brown teeth and tattered clothing, looking more and more like a salesman who never left Circuit City in the seven years since its closing! His transformation is entertaining to watch, and viewers can’t help but empathize with Casey as she realizes how little control she has over the situation. read more

The Exorcist: The Series “Let ’em In” Episode Review

Episode Three of Fox’s The Exorcist, titled “Let ‘em In,” marks the moment that the series has begun to truly prove itself as a new show that deserves to be watched and taken seriously by horror fans and horror scholars alike. While the first two episodes contained a mix of things that worked and things that needed improvement, “Let ‘em In” contains strong performances from the filmmakers and the actors which demonstrate a knowledge of the source material and a willingness to forge new paths in storytelling. read more

Horror Performers Fail to Make “Television’s Highest Paid Actors” Lists

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

The Exorcist: The Series “Lupus in Fabula” Episode Review

“Lupus in Fabula,” the second episode of Fox’s new television series, The Exorcist, delivers several new promising developments while maintaining some of the issues that could be found in the premiere.

While the literal Latin translation of the title of the episode references the appearance of the wolf, it is the early template for the modern phrase: “Speak of The Devil and he shall appear.” This expression has been used in literature by everyone from Giovanni Torriano in 1666 to Ozzy Osbourne in 1982. It is interesting that the phrase is so ancient that it predates Christianity and the Catholic Devil, and it is a reminder that humanity has always known supreme evil; we’ve just had different names for it. The wolf, Pazuzu, The Devil… they’re all names for the same evil that humanity has known since the beginning of our time on Earth. read more

The Exorcist: The Series Pilot Episode Review

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

FOX Releases New Promo for The Exorcist TV Series

As you may have heard, Fox will be launching a television series based on the 1973 horror classic film The Exorcist premiering on September 23rd. You may not be aware, however, that Fox has also been releasing official trailers and sneak peeks of the small-screen adaptation for a while now. This reboot will be an updated remake of the iconic horror movie for present-day. Directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet the Apes), the show’s cast will feature Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, and Geena Davis. read more

Fox Unleashes Holy Hell with The Exorcist TV Series

Following in the footsteps of A&E’s Damien and Bates Motel, Fox will unleash holy Hell with The Exorcist TV series this fall.  Based on William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel and the 1973 film adaptation, the series focuses on two priests, Fr. Thomas (Alfonso Herrera) and Fr. Marcus (Ben Daniels), who want to take very different approaches to ridding a family of a demon that possesess their young daughter.

Academy Award winning actress Geena Davis stars in a small screen version of the story, which promises to place a greater emphasis on the toll the possession takes on the family.  The pilot was penned by Jeremy Slater ( The Lazarus Effect) and will premiere on Fox on Friday, September 23rd. read more