The streaming giant has picked up the Warner Bros. TV series after it was canceled at Fox last month. Fans have been fervently petitioning for the show to be saved with the hashtag #SaveLucifer since the cancellation was announced. One of the factors that complicated things was the fact that Hulu controlled the SVOD rights to “Lucifer.”
Series co-showrunner Joe Henderson tweeted his thanks to fans once the news was official.
“Thank you thank you THANK YOU to all the #Lucifer fans,” he wrote. “You brought us back. YOU did this. So relax, take a breath, put some ice on those fingers that have been hashtagging up a storm… and get ready for more deviltime.”
This is not the first time that Netflix has saved a WBTV show. Previously, Netflix also scooped up the WB drama series “Longmire” when it was canceled after three seasons at A&E, with that show going on to run for another three seasons. Netflix and WBTV are also in business on the upcoming dark Sabrina the Teenage Witch series “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”
“Lucifer” centers on Tom Ellis as the titular fallen angel and the Lord of Hell, who works with the LAPD to take down Earth’s criminals. “Lucifer” is produced by Warner Bros. Television in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television, based on the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo from DC Entertainment. The series is executive-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Joe Henderson, Ildy Modrovich, Sheri Elwood and KristieAnne Reed.
The show was never a ratings breakout on Fox, with the third season averaging a Live+Same Day haul of a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.3 million viewers.
This marks the latest in a string of series to be revived on other networks and streaming services this year. Previously, Fox announced they were bringing back Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” after it was canceled at ABC last year, while NBC picked up Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” after it was also canceled last month. Meanwhile, Amazon picked up “The Expanse” for a fourth season after it was canceled at Syfy.