Netflix is resurrecting Lucifer for a fourth season.
The series, which hails from Warner Bros. V, is based on comic book characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg. It tells the story of the original fallen angel, played by Tom Ellis, who gives up his throne in the underworld for the underbelly of Los Angeles, where he helps the cops to punish criminals. He is joined by Lesley-Ann Brandt as devoted ally Maze, Lauren German as LAPD detective Chloe, Rachael Harris as Lucifer’s therapist, and DB Woodside as an angel trying to persuade Lucifer to return to Hell.
After airing its third season, Fox announced that it would not renew the programme for a fourth run, prompting a huge campaign from fans to bring the show back. The groundswell of support continues a trend for audiences crusading to revive the shows they love – and 2018 has proven a successful year, with SyFy’s The Expanse saved by Amazon following its cancellation, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine saved by NBC, after Fox also gave that series the chop.
Now, Lucifer is joining the resurrection club, with THR reporting that Netflix has closed a deal to revive the show. The deal marks the first DC series on the streaming service, which has a long-running agreement with ABC for its string of Marvel original series. Netflix is no stranger to Warner Bros’ TV studio, though, with Longmire (which was cancelled by A&E) resurrected as a Netflix original, and The CW’s Riverdale an international exclusive for Netflix, which is now also developing a Riverdale spin-off, Sabrina, with Warner Bros.
Lucifer was never the biggest-hitting show, in terms of ratings, but it has built up a veritable army of fans, particularly in the UK, where the show his aired exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Indeed, Netflix faced stiff competition from Amazon, with Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke recently commenting that talks with Amazon were still “ongoing”. Now, though, just before the options on Lucifer’s cast could expire, Netflix has become the new home of the drama, paying off weeks of campaigning by the creators of the show to shop the show somewhere else, including multiple streaming services.
The deal is likely to be a complicated one, because Fox sold the rights to different broadcasters in each territory: while Amazon held the rights in the UK and Germany, Hulu was its SVOD home in the USA. Deadline reports that Lucifer is expected to jump to Netflix from Amazon in the UK, but that is not yet clear – not unlike Amazon’s deal for The Expanse, which has previously been a Netflix original in the UK.
However that pans out, the news is positive for Lucifer fans, after Tom Ellis has proven a strong voice on social media to #SaveLucifer, and not least after Season 3, which left things on a cliffhanger just waiting to be resolved. An episode count for Season 4 has not yet been announced, but for now, Lucifer’s prayers have been answered.
Amazon talks “ongoing” about resurrecting Lucifer
12th June 2018
Amazon talks are “ongoing” about whether to resurrect Lucifer, after it was cancelled by Fox this year.
The story of the original fallen angel, which recently aired its third season, is based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo, from DC Entertainment. Tom Ellis stars as the titular archangel, who gives up his throne in the underworld for the underbelly of Los Angeles, where he helps the cops to punish criminals. He is joined by Lesley-Ann Brandt as devoted ally Maze, Lauren German as LAPD detective Chloe, Rachael Harris as Lucifer’s therapist, and DB Woodside as an angel trying to persuade Lucifer to return to Hell.
While the show has grown to amass an impressive body of fans, though, Fox announced that it was not renewing it for a fourth season. The news sparked a campaign from fans to bring back the programme – not unlike the groundswell of support that arose around SyFy’s sci-fi, The Expanse.
That was ultimately picked up by Amazon, in a deal announced at the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles by CEO Jeff Bezos. Speaking to Deadline, Amazon Studios’ new chief, Jennifer Salke, revealed that the decision was made minutes before he went on stage to announce it, after Amazon was bombarded with stunts and messages from fans.
“There were airplanes circling us, I was having cakes delivered, there was a whole thing happening,” Salke explained. “And then really smart people, whose opinions I really value creatively, started reaching out to me, saying ‘Have you seen this show, The Expanse? It’s actually great.’ I hadn’t, so I spent some time, I watched the show and I was like, this show is actually really well done, why is nobody watching it?”
“We had it pretty much done when (Bezos) emailed saying, ‘I’m at an event, a space seminar, I’m looking at the cast of The Expanse here, I would like to get up there and order the show. Can I, can I?’ I was like, let me check with business affairs, and then replied, you can do it, go for it.”
While Lucifer’s fate still hangs in the balance, though, Salke revealed that talks are still happening about whether Amazon will bring it back.
“We were talking about Lucifer,” she commented. “I know that international, especially the UK group, was really bullish on that show, I haven’t checked in on that today (Thursday), but I heard conversations were ongoing on that yesterday.”
Any deal would be complicated, though, by Hulu holding the US subsription streaming rights to Lucifer’s first two seasons, not unlike The Expanse’s overseas streaming rights being held by Netflix – how that will be resolved as part the sci-fi’s renewal is not yet clear.
Lucifer cancelled after three seasons
12th May 2018
Lucifer has been cancelled been Fox, prompting a wave of fan outrage and calls for its renewal.
The story of the original fallen angel, which just entered its third season, is based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo, from DC Entertainment. Tom Ellis stars as the titular archangel, who gives up his throne in the underworld for the underbelly of Los Angeles, where he helps the cops to punish criminals. He is joined by Lesley-Ann Brandt as devoted ally Maze, Lauren German as LAPD detective Chloe, Rachael Harris as Lucifer’s therapist, and DB Woodside as an angel trying to persuade Lucifer to return to Hell.
After a slightly shaky start, the drama has grown and grown in recent years, building up a body of positive reviews and a sizeable fan following. Indeed, when the news broke on Twitter that the show would not be returning at Fox for a fourth season, fans responded with a hashtag (#PickUpLucifer) that has trended multiple times, and also launched a petition on Change.org to prove the support the series has.
“It f—ng HURTS,” tweeted showrunner Joe Henderson. “I loved this show so damn much and everyone put their heart and soul into it. Heartbreaking doesn’t begin to describe.”
“It has been the most amazing experience over the past 3 years playing Lucifer and falling in love with you, the fans,” added Tom Ellis.
The show joins Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Exorcist, The Last Man on Earth and The Mick in the list of shows given the axe by Fox this week. Why is Fox culling so many programmes? THR cites its recent deal with the NFL for Thursday Night Football matches, which will use up 30 hours of space in a broadcaster schedule that is already short on availability time. Unlike some of Fox’s ongoing programmes, meanwhile, Lucifer hailed from Warner Bros. TV and therefore wasn’t fully owned by the network.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, however, has since been picked up by NBC for a sixth season, giving some hope to Lucifans campaigning for a rescue by another broadcaster. Indeed, it is also possible that a streaming service could pick the show up, with Amazon Prime Video having snapped up the UK TV rights to the programme in its first season.