Fox casts out Lucifer and The Exorcist

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May 11, 2018, 10:13 PM EDT (Updated)

Some days it just doesn’t pay to be the devil on Fox. As the network finalizes its schedule for next season, two of Fox’s supernaturally tinged dramas have been canceled. 

Via Variety, Lucifer showrunner Joe Henderson broke the news that his series was ended after only three seasons on Fox. “Lucifer has been cancelled,” wrote Henderson. “And it ****ing HURTS. I loved this show so damn much and everyone put their heart and soul into it. Heartbreaking doesn't begin to describe.”

Lucifer was loosely based upon the character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg in The Sandman comic book series from DC’s Vertigo imprint. In the comics, Lucifer was eager to leave Hell behind and start a new chapter in his life. For the TV series, this premise was somehow transformed into an excuse to have Lucifer solve murders with the LAPD while romantically pursuing Detective Chloe Decker. Essentially, it was Evil Castle. But it had a fan following, and the ratings were solid if not exactly godlike. 

Sudden cancellations are not uncommon for the early weeks of May. And Lucifer wasn’t the only show to get the ax today. According to Deadline, Fox’s adaptation of The Exorcist has also been cast out of the network after two seasons. While The Exorcist debuted to strong critical word of mouth, it never managed to attract a sizable audience. When Fox shuffled the series off to the Friday night ratings abyss for the second season (a fairly surprising renewal at that point), the writing was on the wall. 

That’s the nature of the TV beast. Every show is somebody’s favorite, and not every series survives for a long run. Hopefully Fox’s next round of genre series will have better luck.