The first season of FOX’s “The Exorcist,” which proved to be exceptional television that all horror fans should’ve been watching. A new beast that smartly tied into William Friedkin’s classic film, the Jeremy Slater-created series won us over in a big way; but would FOX renew it for a second season or did not enough people tune in to give the show any kind of longevity? We had been worried in recent months. Honestly, we were convinced it was dead.
Thankfully, we were wrong.
We’re incredibly excited to report tonight that FOX has just renewed “The Exorcist” for a second season! Season two of the contemporary psychological TV thriller from 20th Century Fox Television will open a new chapter of the iconic franchise.
Back in December, Slater shared details about what he hoped to do with the second season:
“A potential season two would find Marcus, Tomas and Bennett tasked with helping a new family or a new case of possession,” Slater explained. “That doesn’t mean we’ll never see any of the Rances again, but I think the fans would feel disappointed and cheated if we simply brought Captain Howdy back for round three. The Rances have escaped this legacy of terror–for the time being, anyway–and it seems cruel to immediately drag them back for ten more episodes of suffering. Our challenge now is to create a new family that you care about just as much as the Rances, and to find ways to make their story feel just as compelling and unique as what came before.”
He continued: “We would always continue to expand our mythology moving forward. We know that Maria Walters and Superintendent Jaffey and Cardinal Guillot are still out there somewhere, but I think the conspiracy probably runs much deeper than that. When we left our heroes at the end of the first season, they were part of only a handful of people on the planet that know this conspiracy is taking place, that evil is infiltrating every level of church and state.”