The devil returns once more.
Netflix is reviving Lucifer for a fourth season. The DC Entertainment series, which hails from Warner Bros. Television, was axed by Fox in March after three seasons on the air. An episode count has yet to be determined.
Lucifer joins Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as the second Fox series to be canceled this season and move to another outlet (B99 was saved by NBC.) The decision to cancel both Brooklyn and Lucifer — neither of which were owners by Fox — comes as the network is undergoing a drastic change amid its studio counterpart’s pending sale to Disney (or Comcast). Gone are niche comedies like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and narrow superhero dramas like Lucifer as Fox plots a move to more common TV programming like procedural dramas and multi camera comedies including Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing. (The latter was revived at Fox, a year after it was canceled at ABC.)
Netflix revived the DC Comics-inspired drama after a massive fan campaign. Season three ended on a cliffhanger with creator Joe Henderson tweeting that the axing “f**king hurts” and that he was sorry for frustrating “the hell out of you fans.” Tom Ellis, the show’s lead, tweeted that he was “gutted” by the cancellation. “It fills me with great sadness to confirm the rumours that some of you have been asking. Fox has indeed cancelled #lucifer I’m so sorry guys.”
Lucifer was never really a star for Fox ratings. In its most recent season, it averaged a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 and nearly 5 million viewers once all live-plus-seven day lifts were factored in.
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