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Lucifer tunes up at DC FanDome with devilish musical episode sneak peek, gag reel

By Benjamin Bullard

With Lucifer set to pick up production on both the rest of the current Season 5, as well as its sixth and final season, DC FanDome served up a chance for the cast to get together and tease some devilish schemes for how star Tom Ellis and the rest of Netflix’s unholy band will find a way to close things out.

Turns out Lucifer can’t get anywhere near the end zone without breaking a funny bone or two. In a hilarious sneak peek that rewarded fans who tuned in for Saturday's panel, Sherwin Shilati — who directed the much-anticipated musical episode set to arrive later this season — gave fans a glimpse of a huge set piece set over the body of a deceased referee (rest his soul) at a high school football stadium. 

Roping in cheerleaders, a marching band, and of course star Tom Ellis (Lucifer), the bonkers number belted out a rendition of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust,” choreographed right on top of the referee’s dead body — though because this is Lucifer, of course he gets the spirit just long enough to revive for a silly solo before collapsing once again.

Co-showrunners Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich couldn’t hide their delight at getting to make a musical, saying they’re most proud of how the writing team managed to find the perfect excuse to justify why everyone suddenly feels like singing.

“You’ve got to have a story-based reason that everyone breaks into song,” said Henderson. “One of the challenges is, ‘What elements do we introduce that is organic to our story that allows all of our cast to burst into song?’” But, of course, he wouldn’t give an inch when asked for a tease at what that reason might be. 

Modrovich gave fans the heads-up to look out for an unscripted moment between Ellis and costar Lauren German (Chloe Decker), teasing that German put her own improvised spin on one scene in the episode that made everyone watching “hit the floor — it was so funny!” Also pray for Ellis not to throw his back out as he spins and kicks through the episode’s high-flying dance scenes. “He does indeed have a special suit” with “elastic in the armpits and in the crotch area,” she joked. “But I believe he split the crotch anyway!”

Getting saved has been good for the devil, after Netflix picked up Lucifer from Fox back in 2018. Now midway through the current season, Lucifer has become a hell of a big hit at Netflix, with production set to resume starting Sept. 24 to finish out Season 5 before Season 6 — reportedly 8 episodes long — has fans living in the end times. With the Prince of Darkness bringing his twin brother Michael (also played by Ellis) along for the ride, things have definitely gotten more deliciously unsavory as the series has made the jump from network television to streaming.

Titled "Bloody Celestial Karaoke Jam," Lucifer's musical episode is set to arrive later this year at Netflix as the 10th episode of Season 5.

Along with setting up the ambitious new musical episode, the panel also showed off a gag reel showing everyone having a devilish good time behind the scenes. As expected with a show this funny, they break character and giggle. A lot.

Check out the full FanDome trailer for Lucifer right here.

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