It’s time for a black celebration. Lucifer lives on with the news that the US FOX network has renewed the devilish comedy drama starring Tom Ellis as the fallen-angel-turned-LA-nightclub owner and for a second season.
“We knew we had something special with Lucifer, from the engaging performances of Tom, Lauren German and the rest of the charismatic cast, to Len Wiseman’s visually stunning look of the show and the amazing storytelling savvy of the Bruckheimer team,” says Fox bigwig David Madden.
The show is very loosely based on the character created by Neil Gaiman in his Sandman series and later developed in his own spin-off DC/Vertigo comic book series written by Mike Carey. In the States Lucifer has been averaging 10.5 million total viewers across all platforms and its airs in the UK on Amazon. The pilot was great, but then the show’s rather plodding police procedural format (Lucifer becomes fascinated by a cop who seems immune to his charms so start solving crimes with her) dragged it down a bit for the early parts of the season until its arc plot elements took over (Lucifer’s bro’ and pops want him back in Hell) and the series began to soar. But whatever plotting teething problems its had to begin with, it’s been consistently very funny, with Ellis playing Lucifer as a mixture of Leslie Phillips in a Carry On film (he even says, “Ding dong!” in one episode) and a naughty oversexed teenaged schoolboy. You can read BUZZ’s reviews here.
Lucifer is produced by Warner Bros. Television, in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television. The series is based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint. Tom Kapinos (Californication) wrote and executive-produced the pilot. The series is executive-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson. Len Wiseman (the Underworld series) serves as director and executive producer.