After the comic book-based series Lucifer was cancelled by FOX, the show is currently searching for a new home. And as a gift to fans, FOX will air two new standalone episodes before putting the last nail in the show's coffin.
Based on the comic book of the same name from Neil Gaiman, Sam Keith, and Mike Dringenberg, the FOX drama Lucifer has officially reached its third and final season. Documenting the titular fallen angel's life after abandoning his position in Hell, the series considers what might happen if the Devil not only lived among mortals on Earth, but began to discover some inherent goodness in himself. Teaming up with a homicide detective, Lucifer more or less continues the duties he had in Hell: placing judgment on anyone who misbehaves. However, after being canceled, FOX has attempted to soften the blow for fans by airing two standalone episodes; and in the meantime, the show's creators are in the process of seeking out a new network.
Tom Ellis, who plays the title character in Lucifer, spoke to TV Insider about the future of the show. He explained that even though fans probably shouldn't expect the same immediate comeback that FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine managed, they should keep in mind that "talks are happening" in order to keep the series alive. He made it a point to let fans know that they are putting in their best effort to keep the show from being canceled for good, pointing out that he never believed that the ratings "really reflected the actual popularity of the show." In the meantime, fans of the show can breathe a sigh of a relief now that FOX has revealed they would air two brand new standalone episodes, according to EW. The episodes, which are titled "Boo Normal" and "Once Upon a Time," will air back-to-back on Monday, May 28.
In an unexpected move, FOX initiated a kind of series bloodbath when it unveiled all of the shows it would be cancelling, despite their respective passionate fanbases. Apart from Lucifer, other cancelled shows include Last Man on Earth, The Exorcist, The Mick, New Girl, and the aforementioned Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which was ultimately picked up by NBC. Fans of Lucifer have taken part in a social media campaign to save the show with the hashtag #SaveLucifer, which is ironic considering that the act of "saving" someone in the Christian community refers to dispelling Satan, not siding with him.
While there's no way of telling whether any other competing network will be interested in picking up Lucifer (their ratings have been lackluster, but the show's critical response has been mostly positive), fan support has proven to be a game-changer for networks in terms of rekindling canceled series. Shows like Friday Night Lights, Arrested Development, and Family Guy were all brought back to life thanks to vocal fans, so there's always hope.