Exorcist, The (FOX 2016, Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels)

Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, The Exorcist broke box office records and terrified audiences around the world. Now, more than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film, The Exorcist returns as a TV series.

It’s a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession. FATHER TOMAS ORTEGA (Alfonso Herrera) is the new face of the Catholic Church: progressive, ambitious and compassionate. He runs a small but loyal parish in the suburbs of Chicago. He has no idea that his quiet life is about to change forever.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, another priest finds himself locked in a life-and-death struggle with evil. FATHER MARCUS BRENNAN (Ben Daniels) is a modern-day Templar Knight, an orphan raised since childhood by the Vatican to wage war against its enemies. Father Marcus is everything Father Tomas is not: relentless, abrasive and utterly consumed by his sacred mission.

Caught in the middle is the RANCE family, members of Tomas’ parish. On the surface, they’re a normal, suburban family, but all is not as it seems in this household.

The patriarch, HENRY RANCE , is slowly but surely losing his mind. Eldest daughter KATHERINE (Brianne Howey) has become a recluse who refuses to leave her room. Her younger sister, CASEY (Hannah Kasulka), thinks she’s hearing strange noises coming from inside the walls. And mother ANGELA (Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis) has been plagued by recurring nightmares, each more frightening than the last.

Angela believes there is something in the house, a demonic presence, growing stronger by the day. Desperate, she begs Father Tomas for help, unwittingly setting the naïve young priest on a collision course with Father Marcus. Separately, each faces an insurmountable task, but together they become the only hope against an evil force that has been mobilizing for centuries.

production details
USA | Fox – 20th Century Fox Television – Morgan Creek Productions | x43 minutes | Broadcast from 23 September 2016

Barbara Wall as Executive Producer
David Robinson as Executive Producer
James Robinson as Executive Producer
Jeremy Slater as Creator/Executive Producer
Rolin Jones as Executive Producer
Roy Lee as Executive Producer
Rupert Wyatt as Executive Producer/Director (Pilot)
William Blatty as Original author

cast
Alfonso Herrera as Father Tomas Ortega
Ben Daniels as Father Marcus Brennan
Li Jun Li as Rose Cooper
Brianna Hildebrand as Verity
Hannah Kasulka as Casey Rance
Kurt Egyiawan as Father Bennett
John Cho as Andrew Kim
Sharon Gless as Chris MacNeil
Alan Ruck as Henry Rance

Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.