The procedural starring Tom Payne as an NYPD profiler whose dad, played by Michael Sheen, is a notorious serial killer was liked inside of Fox, which is why "there was a will to try and find a path to bring the series back, with various scenarios explored," according to Deadline. Ultimately, Prodigal Son‘s viewership wasn't enough for Fox to order a third season. As Deadline notes, Prodigal Son was a bubble show last year, too, and wasn't renewed until after the upfronts. "It was liked creatively at the network, and there was a will to try and find a path to bring the series back, with various scenarios explored," reports Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. "Its linear ratings were pretty modest — Prodigal Son was the lowest-rated among the current Fox drama series — but it has been doing well in digital viewing. The remaining three Fox drama series, 9-1-1, 9-1-1: Lone Star and The Resident, are expected to be renewed. Prodigal Son had an unusual — and challenging — production schedule stemming from the casting of Michael Sheen, which had been an obstacle throughout the show’s run. But the show had been able to work around it for two seasons while attracting big names for season-long arcs, most recently Catherine Zeta-Jones." ALSO: Tom Payne, Bellamy Young and more stars react to cancelation: "We did it in style," wrote Payne.