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Fall TV: ‘The Exorcist’ returns, but why?

Alfonso Herrera plays conflicted priest Father Tomas Ortega in ‘The Exorcist’ on Fox.
Alfonso Herrera plays conflicted priest Father Tomas Ortega in ‘The Exorcist’ on Fox. Fox Broadcasting Co.

New show: “The Exorcist”

When: 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, Fox

Cast: Geena Davis, Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Alan Ruck

Premise: Reboot of the classic horror film from 1973.

Verdict: And why reboot a classic horror film? Clearly, the Devil made them do it. There’s not much new here. Conflicted priests? Check. Heads that spin completely around? Check. Lots of shrieking and projectile vomiting? Check and check. It’s deathly serious and deathly dull, though I did laugh when Davis, as a worried mom, immediately concludes that her sullen, withdrawn teenage daughter is possessed by a demon. Or she could just be, you know, an average teenage girl.

Read our complete guide to what to watch and what to skip for the 2016 Fall TV season.

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