Fans of Lucifer rejoice, the Devil will be returning to television, courtesy of Netflix. Which is a good thing, considering that season three ended in a cliffhanger.
Based on the Vertigo comic, which was a spin-off of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Lucifer starred Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar, Satan, himself, who has abandoned Hell for Los Angeles, where he runs a nightclub, while also assisting detective Chloe Decker (played by Lauren German) of the LAPD as a consultant. It made it’s debut on FOX on January 2016. Although not a huge success ratings wise, the series had obtained a loyal following, with praise going to Ellis’ performance as the title character, as well as the series style of humor. The series also stars Rachel Harris, DB Woodside, Leslie-Ann Brandt, Aimee Garcia, Kevin Alejandro, Scarlett Estevez, and Tricia Helfer.
Last month, fans of Lucifer received the news that FOX had cancelled the series, along with the comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as part of the network’s restructuring amid the impending sale of 20th Century Fox film studio to either Disney or Comcast (if either bid is approved). Series creator Joe Henderson said via twitter that the cancellation hurt, and that he was sorry for frustrating fans due to the cliffhanger ending. Tom Ellis tweeted at the time, “It fills me with great sadness to confirm the rumors that some of you have been asking. Fox has indeed cancelled #lucifer I’m so sorry guys,”
While Brooklyn Nine-Nine found a new home with NBC, Lucifer’s fate was uncertain, with fans launching #SaveLucifer across social media. Both Netflix and Amazon were but two of many interested buyers in the series, with Netflix winning in the end. There were other factors that took time to iron out. For instance, the first three seasons are currently available on Hulu in the US, while Amazon has the series streaming in the UK and Germany. More than likely a deal will be worked out where Netflix will have the rights to the previous seasons, similar to Amazon getting the rights to The Expanse after it picked up the series for a new season after Syfy cancelled that series.
Netflix already has a large Marvel drama franchise, and this will mark the first DC franchise for the streaming service, and the second comic book related series that they’re working on with Warner Brothers Television, The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina will be available soon, add to that the CW comic book related shows available on Netflix after they air on the CW network, it would seem that Lucifer would be a good fit.
No word on episode count or an actual streaming date as of yet, but you can rest assured SCIFI.radio will bring you the news as we find out.
For now, rest easy, Lucifans, your prayers have been answered. We leave you with Tom Ellis’ tweet regarding the news:
— tom ellis (@tomellis17) June 16, 2018
Gary DaBaum, SCIFI.radio DJ, writer, and all around nice guy, can be heard on SCIFI.radio. He’s also on Twitter: @GaryDaBaum.