Review Lucifer (2016)

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Lucifer is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series developed by Tom Kapinos that premiered on Fox on January 25, 2016.

It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic book series The Sandman, who later became the protagonist of the spin-off comic book series Lucifer written by Mike Carey, both published by DC Comics' Vertigo imprint.

In April 2016, Fox renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on September 19, 2016.

On October 31, 2016, the series received a 22-episode full second season pickup by Fox.

On February 13, 2017, Fox renewed the series for a third season initially of 22 episodes, which is set to premiere on October 2, 2017.

However, in March 2017, it was revealed that the final four episodes of the second season would be removed and put in the third season to air, meaning that the second season would consist of 18 episodes.

Critical reception

The pilot episode was screened in July at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con.

The pilot was met positively by the viewers, with Bleeding Cool's Dan Wickline praising the episode, saying "the show itself is enjoyable because of the great dialogue and flawless delivery from its lead" and "This version of Lucifer refuses to take almost anything seriously and the show is better for it."

Max Nicholson of IGN rated the pilot episode a 6.9/10, praising Tom Ellis's performance as Lucifer and the lighthearted tone of the show, but criticizing the show for essentially being another crime procedural show.

The first season received mixed reviews.

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 50% approval rating based on 36 reviews, with an average rating of 5.24/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Lucifer's got sex appeal, but the show's hackneyed cop procedural format undermines a potentially entertaining premise."

Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 49 out of 100, based 22 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

Critics were more generous of the second season.

It holds a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on five reviews, with an average score of 7.75 out of 10.

Several critics praised the second season for its atmosphere and Tom Ellis' performance as Lucifer Morningstar.

Ed Power of the Telegraph gave the season 2 premiere a 4/5 stating that "It is entirely beguiled by its own preposterousness".

Bernard Boo of We Got This Covered gave the premiere 3.5/5 stars saying "Lucifer's second season gets off to a nice start, building on the show's strengths while retaining some of the weaknesses. It remains an unapologetically sordid, demonically fun hour of TV".

LaToya Ferguson of the AV Club gave it a B, calling the episode funny with "genuinely funny moments to come from" and saying that the premiere "starts the season off on a good note". She praised Tom Ellis' performance calling it "pitch perfect".

Censorship campaign

On May 28, 2015, the American Family Association (AFA) website One Million Moms launched a petition to prevent the show's airing.

The petition says the new series "will glorify Satan as a caring, likable person in human flesh."

It posted the petition on that date and 31,312 had signed the petition by the series' premiere date.

The petition on the main AFA website, posted the same date, garnered 134,331 signatures by the premiere date.

In response to the petition, character creator Neil Gaiman commented on his Tumblrpage: "Ah. It seems like only yesterday (but it was 1991) that the "Concerned Mothers of America" announced that they were boycotting The Sandman because it contained lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans characters. It was Wanda that upset them most: the idea of a trans-woman in a comic book... They told us they were organizing a boycott of The Sandman, which they would only stop if we wrote to the American Family Association and promised to reform. I wonder if they noticed it didn't work last time, either..."

Fox renewed the series in April 2016 for a second season.


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“Lucifer” S3 Gets Tom Welling & New Promo


“Smallville” star Tom Welling has signed on to join the cast of FOX’s “Lucifer,” marking his first TV role since the Superman prequel series ended.

Welling will play Marcus Pierce, an accomplished but reserved police lieutenant.

The new season sees Lucifer having resolved the problem of Charlotte (Tricia Helfer) but now must figure out who kidnapped him and why his angel wings have returned.

The announcement comes as FOX has released a new promo for the season which you can see below. “Lucifer” returns Monday October 2nd.



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Hard to believe this show is in it's 3rd season. This season has been topsy turvy since they took at least 4 unaired episodes from previous seasons and randomly inserted them into this season creating a jumbled and nonsensical storyline. But some episodes have been fantastic like Mr & Mrs Mazikeen and Off The Record.

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FOX has cancelled two supernatural series, the dark remake of “The Exorcist” and the lighter DC Comics adaptation “Lucifer,” after two and three seasons respectively.

“The Exorcist” was FOX’s lowest-rated program this year, averaging 1.32 million total viewers and a 0.41 rating. “Lucifer” was averaging only 4.1 million viewers and a 1.1 rating, including DVR playback.

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The “Lucifer” Series Really Is Dead

Shortly after FOX announced last week that there would no fourth season of the Tom Ellis-led supernatural drama “Lucifer,” a #SaveLucifer campaign was launched as fan reaction to the cancellation stormed social media.

While a deal for fellow cancelled FOX series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was worked out which saw it saved from an axing, the same is looking increasingly unlikely for “Lucifer” with one of the best chances for the show’s continuation – The CW – passing on the series.

CW president Mark Pedowitz tells Deadline: “We have not had conversations, there have been no discussions. We have been focused on own development, we are happy with what we have.” The CW previously rescued “Supergirl” from CBS and “Black Lightning” after Fox picked up the pilot.

The show’s producer Warners TV had been exploring finding a new home for the show including Hulu and the upcoming DC Universe, but The CW was seen as the best bet. For now no other network has expressed interest publicly in acquiring the series.

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“Lucifer” To Air Two Bonus Episodes

Following in the wake of its recent cancellation and series finale, FOX has announced that they will be airing two ‘bonus’ episodes of “Lucifer” back-to-back on Monday, May 28th.

Both episodes are standalone and were reportedly produced during the show’s third season but did not air and were being held back for the fourth. Fox previously produced four stand-alone episodes in the second season that were held until the third season.

The first episode sees Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and the team investigating the murder of a child psychiatrist as Ella thinks about a big childhood secret that she’s been hiding. In the second, Lucifer’s mom creates an alternate dimension – her son now living in a world where he not only has never met Chloe but is granted the freedom of choice.

Since the show’s axing the fan campaign for its revival has been fierce, but so far efforts to find a new home for the series haven’t succeeded.

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Netflix Picks Up FOX’s Cancelled “Lucifer”


After a huge level of fan demand for it, Netflix has picked up FOX’s cancelled “Lucifer” TV series for a fourth season.

Based on the Vertigo comics character, Lucifer is the story of the original fallen angel who has abandoned his throne and retired to Los Angeles, where he has teamed up with LAPD detective Chloe Decker to take down criminals.

Lucifer was averaging a 0.8 demo rating and 3.3 million total weekly viewers through April 30th. The announcement comes as the streaming giant is still pondering the possibility of continuing the Kiefer Sutherland-led procedural drama “Designated Survivor”.


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Fox really screwed up the last two seasons by showing episodes out of order, adding and dropping plotlines, and making it almost a run of the mill buddy cop show. Hopefully Netflix puts things right.

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Inbar Lavi (“Imposters”) has joined the cast of the fourth season of “Lucifer”. The show is getting a shortened ten episode new run on Netflix following in the wake of its cancellation by FOX.

Lavi will play Eve, the first female human who has grown bored in her marriage with Adam and goes back after her the first female human – the devil himself.