According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has officially decided not to give executive producer Greg Berlanti’s crime thriller drama Prodigal Son a third season renewal. The cancellation comes ahead of the Tom Payne and Michael Sheen-led series’ second season finale that is slated to air next week on May 18. It’s unclear if Warner Bros. Television is planning to shop the series elsewhere or not as it has been doing better in digital viewing than in broadcast.The outlet’s source noted that it was a difficult decision to make for the network as they were a fan of the show’s creative choices. However, Prodigal Son failed to gain more hype and viewers, despite the inclusion of a major guest star in the form of Catherine Zeta-Jones, making it the current lowest-rated drama on the network.Some of the cast including Payne, Bellamy Young, Keiko Agena, and Aurora Perrineau along with executive producer Sarah Schechter also went on to Twitter to share their statements regarding the cancellation, thanking fans for their support.What a trip. Playing Malcolm has been a joy and a privilege. The best cast on network TV and the most unique show around. We did it in style. Love to everyone who enjoyed it all along with us. And check out the last two eps! THEY ARE AMAZING. #ProdigalSon— Tom Payne (@justanactor) May 11, 2021Just wanted to pop on & say THANK YOU, wonderful #Prodigies , for sharing this adventure with us. I am, as you can imagine, heartbroken that we can’t keep telling this story. We’re gonna go out in STYLE tho- these last 2 eps are . Love each of you. So much. #ProdigalSon— Bellamy Young (@BellamyYoung) May 11, 2021#ProdigalSon From “Lil Edrisa” and me to all the #Prodigies out there. pic.twitter.com/xLB5u6SXGY— Keiko Agena (@KeikoAgena) May 11, 2021Love you Dani. Thanks for the ride! Thanks to the crew, the cast , the fans, @FOXTV and @warnerbrostv for everything. Forever grateful for this experience pic.twitter.com/JIxzvC9iBf— Aurora Perrineau (@AuroraPerrineau) May 10, 2021 as I loved making Prodigal Son. I think the best cast on network television. An incredible NYC crew. A staff of brilliant writers led by the Creators/Showrunners Chris Fedak & Sam Sklaver who poured their hearts (and twisted minds) into making this delightfully disturbing show https://t.co/NvUEpGnzPP— Sarah Schechter (@SarahSoWitty) May 10, 2021RELATED: Fox Orders Comedy Series Pivoting, Renews Call Me Kat for Season 2Prodigal Son centers around Malcolm Bright , a criminal profiler with a rare talent for getting inside the minds of killers. He learned how they think because his father, Dr. Martin Whitly, was a notorious serial killer known as “The Surgeon.” Now he’s using his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve their most puzzling murders. Bright’s team, led by his longtime mentor, NYPD Lieutenant Gil Arroyo, includes Detectives Dani Powell, JT Tarmel, and medical examiner Dr. Edrisa Tanaka.Season 2 picks up with Bright’s personal life in disarray after the shocking actions of his sister, Ainsley, in the Season 1 finale. Now, he must “take care” of her and protect his mother, Jessica Whitly, from a secret that could tear the family apart all over again. Further complicating matters, Martin seeks to deepen his relationship with Bright, his “prodigal son,” but forging this bond leads to shocking twists and revelations.The series starred Tom Payne (The Walking Dead), Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), Lou Diamond Phillips (Stand and Deliver), Bellamy Young (Scandal), Halston Sage (The Orville), Aurora Perrineau (When They See Us), Frank Harts (), The Leftoversand Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls).RELATED: Flintstones Project Bedrock Starring Elizabeth Banks Headed to FoxProdigal Son is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and FOX Entertainment. Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver created the series, and are executive producers, showrunners, and writers on the show. Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter also serve as executive producers.
Arif Zahir Replaces Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown on Family Guy According to Deadline, YouTube star Arif Zahir will be replacing Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown on Fox’s animated series Family Guy after Henry announced in June that he would be stepping down from the role. Henry, who is white, has voiced the character since the show premiered in 1999, but chose to step away from the role saying, “I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color.” RELATED: Family Guy & Bob’s Burgers Get Two-Season Renewals at Fox Zahir will start voicing Cleveland for Family Guy’s 19th season, which is now beginning production. Episodes had already been completed or were in “advanced stages of animation” for Season 18 when Henry exited the role, meaning he will still voice the character for Season 18 before Zahir takes over for the following season. Henry will remain a series regular on Family Guy, voicing Bruce the Performance Artist, Herbert the Pedophile, and other roles. “I welcome Arif to the Family Guy team,” Henry said. “Arif’s vocal talent is obvious, but his understanding of Cleveland and his respect for the character give me confidence that he is in the right hands. I look forward to getting to know Arif and working with him to make sure Cleveland stays every bit as awesome as he has always been.” Zahir is partly known for his Cleveland Brown impersonations from his YouTube Channel that has garnered millions of views. “Firstly, I’m eternally grateful to have received this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Zahir said. “When I heard that Mike Henry was stepping down from the role of Cleveland Brown — my favorite cartoon character of all time — I was shocked and saddened, assuming we’d never see him again. When I learned I would get to take over the role? Overabundant gratitude. To Mike, you created something truly special, and I promise I will do my absolute best to honor your legacy. To Rich Appel, Alec Sulkin, and Seth MacFarlane, thank you for this incredible gift. And to the millions of fans who love this show, I promise not to let you down.” RELATED: Liv Tyler Exits Fox’s 9-1-1: Lone Star Ahead of Season 2 Along with Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy was recently picked up by the network for two more seasons, taking the animated series to its 20th season. Family Guy was created and is executive produced by Seth MacFarlane. Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin serve as executive producers and showrunners on the animated series, with Steve Callaghan, Tom Devanney, Danny Smith, Kara Vallow, Mark Hentemann, and Patrick Meighan also serving as executive producers. The show is set to return for Season 18 on Sunday with its 350th episode.
Family Guy & Bob’s Burgers Get Two-Season Renewals at Fox According to Variety, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers have both been picked up for two more seasons at Fox, with Family Guy now running through Season 20 and Bob’s Burgers’ renewal taking the show to its 13th season. RELATED: Liv Tyler Exits Fox’s 9-1-1: Lone Star Ahead of Season 2 “’Family Guy’ and ‘Bob’s Burgers’ are key pillars of our network’s success,” said Michael Thorn, president of enteratinment for Fox Entertainment. “By taking the genre to new heights and driving pop culture in meaningful ways, they’ve laid the foundation for making Animation Domination one of the most powerful program blocks in all of television. Both of these two-season renewals affirm once again our commitment to animation and empower us to continue in our build as the leader in the space with distinct and fresh new comedies. We’d like to thank Seth, Loren and their entire teams, not to mention our partners at 20th Television, and we’re excited to continue these great shows with them.” Family Guy was created and is executive produced by Seth MacFarlane. Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin serve as executive producers and showrunners on the animated series, with Steve Callaghan, Tom Devanney, Danny Smith, Kara Vallow, Mark Hentemann, and Patrick Meighan also serving as executive producers. Bob’s Burgers was created and is executive produced by Loren Bouchard and Jim Dauterive. Nora Smith, Dan Fybel, Rich Rinaldi, Greg Thompson, and Jon Schroeder also executive producers. Bouchard and Smith will showrun for the upcoming season. RELATED: Sam Elliott Joins Family Guy to Succeed Adam West as Mayor Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers are both produced by 20th Television. Fox’s Sunday animation fall block will debut on September 27.