Jeremy Slater wrote the pilot. On January 22, 2016, Fox ordered the pilot to be shot. The series is described as “a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s c
On February 24, 2016, Brianne Howey was cast as Katherine Rance. On February 29, 2016, Hannah Kasulka was cast as Casey Rance. On March 2, 2016, Alfonso Herrera and Ben Daniels were cast as Father Tomas and Father Marcus respectively. On March 3, 2016, Kurt Egyiawan was cast as Father Bennett. On March 7, 2016, Geena Davis was cast as Angela Rance. On June 7, 2017, it was announced that Davis, Ruck, Kasulka and Howey would not return as regular cast members in the second season. Herrera, Egyiawan and Daniels will return, as their characters will preside over a new possession case. In July, John Cho and Brianna Hildebrand were cast in series regular roles.
The Exorcist has received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the series a score of 77% based on 47 reviews with an average of 5.8/10. The consensus says, “The Exorcist doesn’t come close to its classic source material, but still boasts a tense narrative that manages some legitimate scares and credible special effects.” On Metacritic, the show has a weighted average of 62/100 based on 28 reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews.