Following the critically well-regarded horror series The Exorcist being officially renewed for season 2 on FOX, the latest word has season 1 lead performer Geena Davis leaving the show. Created for television by executive producer and director Jeremy Slater, and based on the 20th century feature-length genre masterpiece of the same name as directed by William Friedkin in 1973, the show has thus far enjoyed an enviable success with general audiences on the basic cable network.
What’s more, the FOX original drama series has been bolstered by the on screen presence of Oscar nominated supporting actor Geena Davis, whose turn as a much older Regan MacNeil – going by the name of Angela Rance – on the hit show has no doubt helped to attract some attention to its featured horror. Unfortunately, the latest word has season 2 headed for uncharted waters following the departure of Davis.
According to TVLine, the entire Rance clan – namely consisting of Davis, Alan Ruck as Henry, Hannah Kasulka as Casey, and Brianne Howey as Katherine – will not be returning for season 2 of The Exorcist on FOX. While the established trio of Catholic priests comprising of Alfonso Herrera as Father Tomas Ortega, Kurt Egyiawan as Father Bennett, and Ben Daniels as Father Marcus Keane will be back, series creator Slater apparently has plans for an entirely different story for the second season.
Speaking to his intentions to tell a story with a beginning, middle, and an end in season 1, Slater was forthright in regards to his preexisting plans to continue expanding the show on FOX moving forward without Davis and the entire Rance clan. Taking the time to explain some of those ideas, Slater explained that the challenge with season 2 “would be to come up with a new storyline that was just as exciting and emotionally gripping,” though viewers can rest assured “that doesn’t mean we won’t see the Rance family again.”
Given the fact that season 1 told a fairly open and closed tale meant to serve as a sequel to the original film, Davis’ exit, alongside the rest of the Rance family, is probably for the best. On that note, here’s to hoping for the very best as Slater continues to develop ideas and create new characters for The Exorcist season 2 on FOX behind the scenes – with the added hope that Davis might yet return for a brief cameo appearance somewhere down the road, as well.
The Exorcist will return for season 2 on FOX.