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.