Netflix Raises Hell Again; Lucifer Renewed

by Erik Amaya

 

Lucifer will reign again.

TVLine reports the Warner Bros. Television production, cancelled in May by Fox, has received a reprieve at streaming giant Netflix. Based on characters devised by Neil Gaiman for The Sandman and further developed by Mike Carey in his Lucifer comic book series, the television show saw the Prince of Hell (Tom Ellis) abdicate his throne to become the owner of a hot Los Angeles night club. But after a murder occurs on his doorstep, The First of the Fallen decides to become a consultant for the LAPD. The show quickly garnered a dedicated fanbase.

Sadly, it was not a large enough group to keep Fox interested in the program after its third year. According to a previous TVLine report, the series ranked “10th and eighth among all Fox dramas this TV season, and is down 20 percent in the demo from its sophomore season.” Like many of Fox’s other cancellations last month, Lucifer was also a co-production with Warner Bros. Television and saw most of its revenue from the ad rates it could charge based on its ratings.

Last week, Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke discussed the possibility of picking up the program, saying “I know that international, especially the UK group, was really bullish on that show, I haven’t checked in on that today, but I heard conversations were ongoing.” It seems Netflix outfoxed them to give the Devil a new home.

Fans will no doubt be thrilled to see what lays in store for Lucifer when it returns.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.