Many a movie fans of the 1970s and 1980s are no doubt already well acquainted with the feature film properties The Exorcist and Lethal Weapon, as each movie put its stamp on the collective demonic possession/horror and buddy-cop sub-genres, respectively speaking. Initially released in 1973 and 1987, the Oscar-nominated picture and fan-favorite buddy cop movie have become staples of the contemporary movie viewer’s diet, as each production has since gone on to influence filmmakers well into the twenty-first century (in addition to having gotten multiple sequels and/or prequels).
Given the enduring legacies of The Exorcist and Lethal Weapon in kind, it should come as no surprise that FOX has ordered original series based on the outstanding properties attached to each film. Regardless of whether or not fans of either movie would want a TV show based on either classic production, the latest images from the two original FOX programs have just been released.
Per an official press release from FOX, The Exorcist and Lethal Weapon original TV shows are both set to air on Wednesdays later this Fall, and each program has recieved an official plot synopsis leading up to their official premiere dates. Attached to each plot synopsis are photos from the pilot episodes of each program, as seen below.
Check out the official plot synopsis and series images for The Exorcist below:
“The Exorcist is a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession. Father Thomas 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 (Alan Ruck), 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 (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.”
Check out the official plot synopsis and series images for Lethal Weapon below:
“Combining action and drama with friendship and humor, Lethal Weapon reboots the hit movie franchise, as it follows classic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, who are working a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. Grief-stricken after the loss of his young wife and unborn child, ex-Navy-Seal-turned-detective Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford) moves to California to “start over” at the LAPD. He’s paired up with Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans, Sr.), who’s just coming back to the job after a near-fatal heart attack. Riggs’ penchant for diving headfirst into the line of fire immediately clashes with Murtaugh’s prudent, by-the-book technique. It’s clear from the moment they meet, this partnership could be lethal. But during their first case together, Riggs drags Murtaugh on a high-speed chase culminating inside the Long Beach Grand Prix and into a seaport shootout with drug dealers – and despite his protests, the older cop feels more alive than he has in years. Meanwhile, Riggs gets a glimpse of why Murtaugh is so determined to get home safely at the end of each day – he’s got a family and a newborn baby of his own. By the time their investigation ends, Riggs realizes he may have found something worth living for – a partner and friend like Murtaugh. And even Murtaugh figures this arrangement might just work out after all. If only Riggs doesn’t get them killed first.”
It would appear that each original TV show is chugging along full steam ahead, with The Exorcist already taking cues from the original feature’s basic narrative structure, and Lethal Weapon apparently picking up on the report and intrigue pre-established between its two central protagonists. Only time will tell how well each show will be received by cinephiles and general viewers alike, but here’s to hoping FOX has a sufficient grasp of the material at hand.
The Exorcist will air Wednesdays at 9pm EST followed by Lethal Weapon at 10pm EST as a part of the Fall 2016 lineup on FOX.