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Prodigal Son’s Lou Diamond Phillips Displays on ‘Beautiful’ Cancellation, Calls Fox’s Determination a ‘Mistake’

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Lou Diamond Phillips was discovering his seat on a layover flight, in early Could of 2021, when he seen Prodigal Son co-creator Chris Fedak was calling his cellphone. The Fox drama had already wrapped manufacturing on Season 2, and Phillips was assured he’d choose up the telephone to listen to that Prodigal Son had scored a 3rd season.

“A hundred percent, I assumed it was the decision to say, ‘Hey, buddy, we’re going again to work in July,’” Phillips remembers to TVLine. “I had each cause, as did the solid and crew, to consider that this was going to be the case.”

However, as Prodigal Son followers will certainly recall, a renewal announcement didn’t come; the present was cancelled on the finish of its sophomore run.

Whereas chatting about his latest visitor spot on the Fox freshman The Cleansing Woman, Phillips additionally mirrored on how “gutted” and “blindsided” he was by Prodigal Son‘s axing, particularly when the Season 2 finale ended on such an open-ended be aware. (Right here’s what Fedak and co-creator Sam Sklaver needed to say about that conclusion on the time.)

“Finally, when [Fox] accredited a cliffhanger on the finish of Season 2, I assumed there was no query. You don’t try this should you’re going to drag the plug,” Phillips elaborates. “You say, ‘Hey, guys, wrap it up.’ You often get a sign about which method issues are going, so this got here out of the blue like a thunderbolt. And actually, as they have been closing the doorways to the airplane, Chris mentioned, ‘Bro, they cancelled us.’ And I used to be like, ‘You’re joking, proper? You’re kidding.’ It was gorgeous.”

Had Season 3 come to fruition, Phillips says, the present would have additional explored a possible romance between his Gil Arroyo and Bellamy Younger’s Jessica Whitly, in addition to “the issues that [Gil and Jessica’s romance] would deliver to Malcolm and Gil’s relationship.” He additionally suggests we’d have met Gil’s late spouse, Jackie, by way of flashbacks, for instance “Gil’s ache, his loyalty and his devotion — the issues that make him such a compassionate boss.”

And although it’s been months since Prodigal Son‘s run got here to an abrupt finish, the actor admits he’s nonetheless “stung by it,” not least as a result of he felt the thriller was “ridiculously particular” in comparison with different present TV fare.

“I’m not denigrating every other reveals, however there’s a lot that’s run-of-the-mill and protected and middle-of-the-road on tv,” he continues. “For Prodigal Son to be as distinctive and totally different and thrilling [as it was], and to have that solid — I simply actually really feel as if this was a mistake.”