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Catherine Zeta-Jones (Image by John Russo, courtesy of FOX)
Catherine Zeta-Jones (Image by John Russo, courtesy of FOX)

Catherine Zeta-Jones joins FOX's 'Prodigal Son' for season 2

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Wed, Jan 6th 2021 01:20 pm

Award-winning actor to star opposite fellow Welsh actor Michael Sheen as Claremont Psychiatric’s resident MD, Dr. Vivian Capshaw

Season two premieres on a new night, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 12

Academy Award, Tony Award and three-time Screen Actors Guild Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Catherine Zeta-Jones (“Chicago,” “Ocean’s 12,” “Traffic,” “Feud”) will join FOX’s hit drama, “Prodigal Son,” for season two of the series. Starring as a series regular opposite fellow Welsh actor Michael Sheen, Zeta-Jones will appear in the latter half of the season as Dr. Vivian Capshaw, Claremont Psychiatric’s resident M.D.

In season two, Dr. Martin Whitly (Sheen) is assigned to infirmary duty, and Dr. Capshaw (Zeta-Jones) revels in tasking “The Surgeon” to clean bedpans and mop the floor. But as Martin proves valuable in treating patients, Capshaw begins to see him in a new light … which is not a good thing.

“An extraordinary talent, Catherine Zeta-Jones is the perfect foil for the brilliant Michael Sheen,” said Michael Thorn, president, entertainment, FOX Entertainment. “I can’t wait to see these two greats go head-to-head in a season that is bound to raise the bar set by an outstanding season one.”

Season two of “Prodigal Son” premieres on a new night, Tuesday, Jan. 12 (9 p.m. ET/PT), on FOX. “Prodigal Son” was the No. 1 new series last fall, averaging 9.3 million multiplatform viewers.

“Prodigal Son” follows Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne), a criminal profiler with a rare talent for getting inside the minds of killers. He learned how they think because his father, Martin Whitly, was a notorious serial killer known as “The Surgeon.” Now he’s using his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve its most puzzling murders. Bright’s team, led by his longtime mentor, NYPD Lt. Gil Arroyo (Lou Diamond Phillips), includes detectives Dani Powell (Aurora Perrineau), JT Tarmel (Frank Harts) and medical examiner Dr. Edrisa Tanaka (Keiko Agena).

 Season Two picks up with Bright’s personal life in disarray after the shocking actions of his sister, Ainsley (Halston Sage), in the season one finale. Now, he must "take care" of her and protect his mother, Jessica Whitly (Bellamy Young), from a secret that could tear the family apart all over again. Further complicating matters, Martin seeks to deepen his relationship with Bright, his prodigal son, but forging this bond leads to shocking twists and revelations.

Season two guest stars include Christian Borle and Michael Potts.

Zeta-Jones is a multi-award-winning actress whose talents range from film to theater. She garnered an Academy Award for her portrayal of the scandalous Velma Kelly in the screen adaptation of the Broadway musical “Chicago.” She also was nominated for a Golden Globe and took home the Critics’ Choice Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. She won the Tony Award for Lead Actress in a Musical for her critically acclaimed Broadway debut as Desirée Armfeldt in Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music.” Her other starring roles include Steven Soderbergh's “Ocean's 12,” “Side Effects,” and Steven Spielberg’s “The Terminal,” opposite Tom Hanks.

Zeta-Jones also starred with George Clooney in the Coen Brothers' dark comedy, “Intolerable Cruelty.” She earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of the wife of a drug-runner in Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic.” Most recently, she starred in the telefilm “Cocaine Godmother,” based on the true-life story of the notorious drug lord Griselda Blanco. She first gained international recognition in the action-adventure film “The Mask of Zorro,” opposite Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins. She then captivated audiences in “Entrapment,” opposite screen legend Sean Connery.

Born in Wales, Zeta-Jones began her career on the stage in London and was then cast in the popular Yorkshire Television series, “The Darling Buds of May,” based on the novels of H.E. Bates. In 2010, she was awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to the film industry and charity.

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