It didn’t take long for Tom Payne to find a new TV home following his character Jesus’ death on The Walking Dead. Starting this Fall, Payne will act alongside Michael Sheen and Lou Diamond Phillips in FOX’s “Prodigal Son,” a police drama where he’ll play NYPD forensic profiler Malcolm Bright, the son of notorious serial killer (Sheen). Although we’re still months away from its premiere, FOX has already picked the show up for a full series. Payne, who recently ditched his signature Jesus haircut, announced the news on Instagram (with several former Walking Dead co-stars celebrating the news in the comments):
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Overjoyed to announce that the pilot I recently shot has been picked up to series on @foxtv!!! I cannot wait to get back to work with our fantastic cast #MichaelSheen @bellamyyoung @auroraperrineau @senatorharts @loudphillips @halstonsage @keikoagena We have some amazing stories to tell. Look out for #ProdigalSon!!
Catch the trailer to “Prodigal Son” below:
Some Walking Dead alumni news we were sad to see: Michael Cudlitz’s “The Kids Are Alright,” Lauren Cohan (and Tyler James Williams’) “Whiskey Cavalier,” and Kyla Kenedy’s “Speechless” were not renewed. Here’s how they responded to the news on Twitter:
And to our amazing cast and crew, thank you for bringing this show to life! I love you guys so, so much. – LC ❤️
— Lauren Cohan (@LaurenCohan) May 13, 2019
We love y’all, we love this show, we love each other. We made a strong show that every last one of us can be proud of. Thank you for fighting for us as hard as you did. Saw and appreciate it all. ❤️
Never the end. Until next time ?
— Tyler James Williams (@TylerJamesWill) May 12, 2019
Love you guys….. thank you for all of your support. We do all of this for you. ❤️
— Michael Cudlitz (@Cudlitz) May 10, 2019
— Kyla Kenedy (@KylaKenedy) May 10, 2019
Despite the cancellations, we’re excited to see where all of their careers take them. TWD Family for life.