FOX cancels Lucifer, bringing the drama, based on the comic book of the same name published by DC Comics' Vertigo imprint, to an end after season 3. If you're not familiar with the FOX series Lucifer, you'll not have much trouble catching up now. Based on a DC Comics/Vertigo series written by comic book scribe Mike Carey, the show focused on the Devil himself, Lucifer Morningstar, who vacates the pits of hell to live among mortals and rebel against his "father" (y'know, The Big Guy) while working with the LAPD.
The series, which, like many comic book adaptations, was a typical TV procedural in the vein of CSI or Criminal Minds and retained just some key elements and characters from the monthly comic book series. On FOX, the focus was two-fold: The story of Lucifer and his love for the female LAPD detective with whom he was partnered in the task of solving crimes and punishing criminals (something he fell into in the show's pilot and rather enjoyed) and the previously mentioned rebellion and daddy issues that went with it.
TV Line reported the cancellation, and it was not exactly a huge surprise. The series was considered a "bubble show" - meaning on the cusp of both possible cancellation and possible renewal - both last year and this year. However, with its average ratings dropping 20 percent since its second season, it's likely that FOX decided it better to cancel the series now, rather than have a low-rated fourth-season entry of the series.
Lucifer is one of a spate of cancellations at the network. Also recently announced were the cancellations of fan-fave Brooklyn Nine-Nine, sophomore comedy The Mick, and the very offbeat Will Forte comedy Last Man on Earth, which was in its fourth season.
The Lucifer series itself was one of three comics-related series on FOX along with Batman prequel series Gotham - which will likely return for a fifth season - and X-Men offshoot, The Gifted, which has already been renewed for a second season. Cast and creators of Lucifer tweeted their goodbyes at the announcement. Star Tom Ellis, who played the titular character, apologized to fans:
It has been the most amazing experience over the past 3 years playing Lucifer and falling in love with you, the fans. 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. #gutted— tom ellis (@tomellis17) May 11, 2018
Series showrunner Joe Henderson let fans know to expect a frustrating cliffhanger but also teased a possible resurrection:
By the way, the #Lucifer finale is the best hour of television I've been lucky to write. It wraps up everything from the season. But what it teases for season 4... well, maybe, just maybe, we can #SaveLucifer and show you.— Joe Henderson (@Henderson_Joe) May 11, 2018
For their own part, fans got the Twitter hashtag "#SaveLucifer" trending. Similar fan outrage saved NBC series Timeless, but that show's much-ballyhooed return recently under-performed; that kind of performance for another genre show with rabid fans could serve as a bellwether for FOX - meaning the chances of that multi-dimensional Constantine crossover are really, really slim at this point.
Source: TV Line