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‘Lucifer,’ ‘Rosewood’ Renewed by Fox

Fox has renewed dramas “Lucifer” and “Rosewood,” each for a second season, the network announced Thursday. The two series are the first besides previously renewed “Scream Queens” from Fox’s 2015-16 freshman class to net renewals.

Rosewood” premiered in September as the lead-in to the network’s most-watched series, sophomore drama “Empire.” It has been a decent performer for Fox, averaging a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and a little over 6 million total viewers in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” averages. It has fared best in the weeks when “Empire” was alongside it, typically seeing a noticeable surge in the final quarter-hour before the soap came on.

Lucifer” premiered in January and has been among Fox’s best performing new series. According to Fox, it is averaging 10.5 million total viewers across multiple platforms.

“Lucifer,” based on the DC Comics series, stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer, prince of darkness, living and solving crime in modern-day Los Angeles. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television. It is exec produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Ildy Modrovich, Joe Henderson and Len Wiseman.

Police procedural “Rosewood” stars Morris Chestnut as the titular medical investigator. Created by Tom Harthan, it is produced by Temple Hill in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Harthan, Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen serve as executive producers.

“We knew we had something special with ‘Lucifer,’ from the engaging performances of Tom, Lauren 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,” said Fox entertainment president David Madden. “With ‘Rosewood,’ creator Todd Harthan has put a fresh, playful spin on the procedural format, infusing it with wit and warmth, while Morris, Jaina and the show’s gifted supporting cast have turned in fantastic performances. We look forward to two stand-out sophomore seasons from both series.”

Fox effectively canceled fellow freshman drama “Minority Report”earlier this season when it was removed from the schedule. Another new drama, “Second Chance,” appears unlikely to be renewed after having been moved to Friday nights early in its run. New comedies “Bordertown,” “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life,” “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder” are still awaiting word on their fates for next season.

With long-running reality franchise “American Idol” set to end Thursday night, Fox will have a significant amount of space to fill on its schedule next season. In addition to “Lucifer” and “Rosewood,” dramas “Empire,” “Gotham” and “Bones” are returning next season in addition to comedies “Bob’s Burgers,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Last Man on Earth” “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons.” Renewals are still pending for “New Girl” and “Sleepy Hollow.”

The network has already given straight-to-series orders to comedy “Son of Zorn” drama event series “Shots Fired” and a continuation of drama “Prison Break.”

 

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