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The Exorcist is an American anthology horror supernatural drama television series that debuted on Fox on September 23, 2016. The series stars Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, and is based on the William Peter Blatty novel of the same name. A direct sequel to the 1973 film of the same name (ignoring all the other four films in the series), it is part of The Exorcist franchise.[2] It was commissioned on May 10, 2016.[3]

The Exorcist
The Exorcist TV series logo.png
Genre
Created byJeremy Slater
Based onThe Exorcist
by William Peter Blatty
Starring
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Production location(s)
CinematographyAlex Disenhof
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor20th Television
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 23, 2016 (2016-09-23) –
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Exorcist film
External links
Website

On May 12, 2017, Fox renewed the series for a second season, [4] which premiered on September 29, 2017.[5][6] On May 11, 2018, Fox canceled the series after two seasons.[7]

CastEdit

MainEdit

RecurringEdit

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankViewers
(millions)
First airedLast aired
110September 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)December 16, 2016 (2016-12-16)1273.15[10]
210September 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)1761.94[11]

Season 1 (2016)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
11"Chapter One: And Let My Cry Come Unto Thee"Rupert WyattTeleplay and Story by : Jeremy SlaterSeptember 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)1AZP012.85[12]
22"Chapter Two: Lupus in Fabula"Michael NankinHeather BellsonSeptember 30, 2016 (2016-09-30)1AZP021.98[13]
33"Chapter Three: Let 'Em In"Michael NankinDre RyanOctober 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)1AZP031.95[14]
44"Chapter Four: The Moveable Feast"Craig ZiskAdam SteinOctober 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)1AZP041.97[15]
55"Chapter Five: Through My Most Grievous Fault"Jason EnslerDavid GrimmOctober 21, 2016 (2016-10-21)1AZP051.87[16]
66"Chapter Six: Star of the Morning"Jennifer PhangLaura MarksNovember 4, 2016 (2016-11-04)1AZP061.83[17]
77"Chapter Seven: Father of Lies"Tinge KrishnanCharise Castro SmithNovember 11, 2016 (2016-11-11)1AZP071.61[18]
88"Chapter Eight: The Griefbearers"Louis MilitoMarcus GardleyNovember 18, 2016 (2016-11-18)1AZP081.67[19]
99"Chapter Nine: 162"Bill JohnsonFranklin Jin Rho & Jeremy SlaterDecember 9, 2016 (2016-12-09)1AZP091.66[20]
1010"Chapter Ten: Three Rooms"Jason EnslerJeremy SlaterDecember 16, 2016 (2016-12-16)1AZP101.75[21]

Season 2 (2017)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
111"Janus"Jason EnslerHeather BellsonSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)2AZP011.58[22]
Father Tomas Ortega and Father Marcus Keane try to save Cindy, a woman possessed by a demon following her miscarriage. But things get complicated when Cindy's husband refuses to believe in his wife's possession and tries to prevent the priests from saving her. But during one of the attempts to save the young woman, the demon arrives to penetrate the spirit of Tomas. On Nachburn, an island off Seattle, Andrew Kim is about to welcome Rose Cooper, a social services representative with whom he has a shared background, to determine whether Andrew's home is suitable for children. Indeed, the latter welcomes a group of children and orphans with problems. One of the children, Caleb, a blind teenager, begins to behave strangely.
122"Safe as Houses"Deran SarafianAdam SteinOctober 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)2AZP021.36[23]
133"Unclean"Ti WestManny CotoOctober 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)2AZP031.35[24]
144"One for Sorrow"So Yong KimRebecca KirschOctober 20, 2017 (2017-10-20)2AZP041.23[25]
155"There But for the Grace of God, Go I"Alex Garcia LopezAlyssa ClarkNovember 3, 2017 (2017-11-03)2AZP051.45[26]
166"Darling Nikki"Jason EnslerFranklin Jin Rho & Adam SteinNovember 10, 2017 (2017-11-10)2AZP061.27[27]
177"Help Me"Steven A. AdelsonDavid GrimmNovember 17, 2017 (2017-11-17)2AZP071.33[28]
188"A Heaven of Hell"Meera MenonHeather Bellson & M. WillisDecember 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)2AZP081.18[29]
199"Ritual & Repetition"Elizabeth Allen RosenbaumSean CrouchDecember 8, 2017 (2017-12-08)2AZP091.15[30]
2010"Unworthy"Jason EnslerJeremy SlaterDecember 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)2AZP101.28[31]
Two officials from the Vatican arrive to deal with Father Bennet. Marcus drags an unconscious Andy through the forest when he meets up with Tomas and Mouse. While Tomas watches over Andy in the abandoned shack, Marcus and Mouse begin to argue. Tomas is drawn into a trance, where he meets up with Andy. Andy tells Tomas to record a message for Rose and the kids. While the demon and Tomas struggle, Andy calls out to Marcus, asking the ex-priest to shoot him before the demon can enter Tomas. Marcus obliges, and fires a bullet into Andy's head, killing both him and the demon. With the demon gone, Tomas breaks free from the trance. Tomas then meets up with Rose and the kids, and he relays Andy's message to them. Marcus parts ways with Tomas. Tomas then leaves with Mouse as his new partner. Meanwhile, Bennet wakes up, and has been possessed. Three months later, Rose visits Truck in a mental hospital, and adopts him, along with Verity, Shelby, Caleb, and Harper. Meanwhile, Marcus is looking out over the water at the docks, when he finally hears God's voice. He becomes troubled, and whispers Tomas's name.

ProductionEdit

 
Cast and crew of the series at the 2017 New York Comic Con. From left to right: Producer/writers Jeremy Slater and Sean Crouch; actors Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Zuleikha Robinson, Kurt Egyiawan, and John Cho.

DevelopmentEdit

Jeremy Slater wrote the pilot. On January 22, 2016, Fox ordered the pilot to be shot.[32][33] The series is described as "a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family's case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil."[32]

CastingEdit

On February 24, 2016, Brianne Howey was cast as Katherine Rance.[34] On February 29, 2016, Hannah Kasulka was cast as Casey Rance.[35] On March 2, 2016, Alfonso Herrera and Ben Daniels were cast as Father Tomas and Father Marcus respectively.[36][37] On March 3, 2016, Kurt Egyiawan was cast as Father Bennett.[38][39] On March 7, 2016, Geena Davis was cast as Angela Rance.[39] On June 7, 2017, it was announced that Davis, Ruck, Kasulka and Howey would not return as regular cast members in the second season. Herrera, Egyiawan and Daniels will return, as their characters will preside over a new possession case.[40] In July, John Cho, Brianna Hildebrand, Zuleikha Robinson and Li Jun Li were cast in series regular roles for season two.[41][42][43][44] In August, Christopher Cousins and Cyrus Arnold were cast in recurring roles.[45]

FilmingEdit

Fox announced that the first season of the show would be shot in Chicago.[46] Season two filming began July 28, 2017, in Vancouver.[47]

Home mediaEdit

DVDs for both seasons are available to purchase through Amazon.com beginning July 10, 2018.[48]

ReceptionEdit

RatingsEdit

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Friday 9:00 p.m. 10 September 23, 2016 (2016-09-23) 2.85[12] December 16, 2016 (2016-12-16) 1.75[21] 2016–17 127 3.15[10]
2 10 September 29, 2017 (2017-09-29) 1.58[22] December 15, 2017 1.28[31] 2017–18 176 1.94[11]

Critical receptionEdit

The Exorcist has received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the series a score of 89% based on 51 reviews with an average of 6/10. The consensus says, "The Exorcist doesn't come close to its classic source material, but still boasts a tense narrative that manages some legitimate scares and credible special effects."[49] On Metacritic, the show has a weighted average of 62/100 based on 28 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[50]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2016 BloodGuts UK Horror Awards Best TV Show Morgan Creek Entertainment Group (for The Exorcist) Nominated
2017 American Society of Cinematographers Awards[51] Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Television Movie/Miniseries/Pilot Alex Disenhof Nominated
Cine Awards[52][53] Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama Series Ben Daniels Won
Best Breakthrough Actor Hunter Dillon Nominated
Best Drama TV Series The Exorcist Nominated
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards[54] Best TV Actress Geena Davis Nominated
Best TV Series The Exorcist Nominated
Best TV Supporting Actor Ben Daniels Nominated
Imagen Foundation Awards[55] Best Actor - Television Alfonso Herrera Nominated
People's Choice Awards[56] Favorite New TV Drama The Exorcist Nominated
Saturn Awards[57] Best Horror Television Series The Exorcist Nominated
2018 Bloody Disgusting Reader's Choice Awards[58] Best Actor – Television Alfonso Herrera Won
iHorror Awards[59] Best Horror Series The Exorcist Won
Imagen Foundation Awards[60] Best Actor – Television Alfonso Herrera Nominated

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