Surprise Renewal for THE EXORCIST by Fox

Surprise Renewal for THE EXORCIST by Fox

In a stunning last minute reveal, Fox has renewed creator Jeremy Slater’s horror series THE EXORCIST for a second season, despite lackluster ratings. Although the series is based off the hugely popular 1973 film of the same name, audiences never latched on in the way many hoped. Averaging 1.91 million viewers with a 0.7 rating among 18-49 year olds during its Friday night timeslot, it would have surprised no one if Fox had decided to nix the series. However, THE EXORCIST is beloved by a small group of horror fans and does well critically so Fox must have a strong vision for the upcoming season two. Also, Variety reports that Fox executives are fans of the series and pushed for its renewal.

Details are scarce about THE EXORCIST season two. In its announcement, Fox promised to “open a new chapter of the iconic franchise.” There was also no mention of a returning cast list leaving some outlets to presume the series may take a page from the book of AMERICAN HORROR STORY and start over with an entirely new cast and story. This is entirely speculative but it wouldn’t be surprising if the series goes through some retooling before its season two premiere.

THE EXORCIST is filmed in Chicago and stars Geena Davis alongside Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Hannah Kasulka, Brianne Howey, Kurt Egyiawan, and Alan Ruck. Fox’s other first year show that was filmed in Chicago, APB, was unfortunately cancelled earlier this week.

All ten episodes from THE EXORCIST’s first season can be streamed online at

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