Lucifer fans can finally start singing hallelujah once again. Whether divinely or devilishly, Netflix has intervened to scoop up the wicked supernatural drama after Fox sent the show to an early afterlife following the end of its third season.
According to multiple industry followers, the streaming service swung low to carry Lucifer home in a deal that ensures Mr. Morningstar can pick up right where he left off. With the agreement, the service lines up a fourth season for Lucifer after hearing much wailing and gnashing of teeth from fans jilted by Fox’s abrupt cancellation.
An ungodly number of tweets under the #SaveLucifer hashtag campaign already had caught the attention of potential new suitors, including Amazon Studios, before Netflix’s pickup saved the series from eternal damnation. Netflix has so far not made public how much it paid for the rights to continue with Lucifer.
The show’s creative team appeared to be just as anguished as the fans about seeing the show perish after only three seasons. Kevin Alejandro, who plays Detective Dan Espinoza on the show, recently confided to SYFY WIRE that the cast was encouraged by the social media salvation campaign, revealing in the process that shifting viewing habits might actually place a show like Lucifer more squarely in a digital service’s binge-watching wheelhouse.
Alejandro said the cast had been blown away by the “overwhelming response” from fans, and that it “kind of showed that maybe the way numbers are calculated could be a bit old-fashioned. All of our fans came out of the woodwork saying, ‘We don’t watch it on Monday nights. We watch it when we watch it, but we’re still behind it.’ Our numbers prove it that way.”
Netflix hasn’t yet blessed fans with news of when they can expect to see Lucifer descend onto the screen once more, but for now, we’re just grateful that another beloved show has gotten saved by a fan-savvy streaming service. Stay tuned for more news on Netflix’s plans for Lucifer as the service reveals them.