Lucifer season 4 is on the way to Netflix exclusively for the first time in the show’s history as it becomes a full-fledged Netflix Original. Looking for the complete rundown of the next season? Then you’re in the right place, here’s literally everything you need to know about Lucifer season 4.
The fantasy series which has been on Fox for a number of years was cancelled by the network but rescued at the last minute by Netflix after a massive fan outcry. We’ll go more into the reasons surrounding its cancellation and subsequent revival a bit later on.
Starring Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro and Lesley-Ann Brandt this series brings the DC character Lucifer to life. Tom Ellis effectively plays the devil complete with horns and wings and must adapt to his new life away from hell in Los Angeles.
Note: This is a live article and will be updating every month up until the release with all the new information regarding season 4.
Why did Fox cancel Lucifer?
The viewing figures for Lucifer were less than stellar particularly for season 3 and are the reason why Fox likely chose to cancel the show. Add to the fact that it’s getting ultra competitive in the TV show space plus the costs of a series like Lucifer, it made it impossible for Fox to continue. Its international audience was flourishing however. This is ultimately a key reason the show was saved.
How Netflix Saved Lucifer
First of all, we need to look at why and how Fox cancelled Lucifer. Tom Ellis spoke to Matt Web from TVline about how the cancellation went down. He was at a fan event in Rome when he heard the news broken by Joe Henderson that the show hadn’t been picked up by Fox for a fourth season.
On June 15th after many days of waiting for any kind of announcement, The Hollywood Report broke the news that Netflix had picked up Lucifer.
The process of Netflix picking up Lucifer was apparently a “long process”. Once Fox had not ordered another series, Warner Brothers (the distributor and owner of the show) was shopping the show to other networks. Netflix obviously took the show forward. Tom Ellis heard of the news through a phone call and was told to “sharpen your horns baby”.
— Lucifer Writers Room (@LUCIFERwriters) June 15, 2018
So why exactly did Netflix pick up the show? As the show’s main star suggested, the shows appeal outside of the United States was the most appealing. Netflix’s expansion to every country around the world means that they need to find content that’ll do well everywhere. This is where Lucifer presented the most opportunity.
The fact that Netflix picked up the show is significant in a number of ways. In recent years, Netflix has slowed down their continuations of series instead opting for creating shows from scratch.
It’s also significant in the sense that it’s the first ever DC comics character for Netflix. All of their exclusive superhero content has come from Marvel up until this point relying on The CW for DC.
Where is the series in production?
Series is currently: Writing and early filming stage (Updated: 10/15/2018)
The series officially started production pretty much from the word go.
The first episode’s script is done and dusted according to the show’s writer room on Twitter. Episode 401 is called “Everything’s Okay” and has been written by Joe Henderson and will be directed by Sherwin Shilati.
— Lucifer Writers Room (@LUCIFERwriters) August 6, 2018
Episodes 2 to 7 are now written as of the time of publishing too. We’ve included episode names below.
We also believe that filming is now in the early stages too. On September 25th, Chris Rafferty who works on the show released a picture at the Hawthorne Munciipal Airport.
According to the shows lead actor, filming is scheduled to start on August 13th.
Episode Names for Season 4
The writers room for Lucifer has been slowly revealing the episode names over the past few weeks.
- Episode 1 – “Everything’s Okay” – Written by Joe Henderson, directed by Sherwin Shilati.
- Episode 2 – “Somebody’s Been Reading Dante’s Inferno” – Written by Ildy Modrovich, directed by Sam Hill
- Episode 3 – “O, Ye of Little Faith, Father” – Written by Jason Ning, directed by Jessika Borsiczky
- Episode 4 – “All About Eve” – Written by Chris Rafferty, directed by Sherwin Shilati
- Episode 5 – “Expire Erect” – Written by Mike Costa, directed by Viet Nguyen
- Episode 6 – “Orgy Pants To Work” – Written by Aiyana White, directed by Louis Milito
- Episode 7 – “Devil Is A Devil Does” – Written by Jen Graham Imada, directed by Richard Speight, Jr.
Will seasons 1 to 3 be on Netflix?
We’ve covered whether seasons 1 to 3 will be coming to Netflix in quite some depth in another article so we’ll go over the headlines here. At the moment, Fox had already agreed to contracts with Hulu in the United States and Amazon in the United Kingdom. Unless Netflix is able to get out of those contracts, the original three seasons will be staying there.
How many episodes will be in season 4?
Lucifer has had its episode count drop significantly in season 4. Netflix doesn’t like longer series and up until now, Lucifer had been 22 episodes a season. That’s been reduced down to 10 and according to the shows writers, the original plan and story arc for season 4 is now being condensed a little and will likely even stand to set up season 5.
Casting for season 4
Thanks to IMDb, we’re able to confirm some of the cast returning for season 4. This list is naturally not complete.
Tom Ellis will, of course, be reprising his role as Lucifer Morningstar. Lauren German and Jeremiah Birkett have also been included in the credits.
We’re expecting recurring characters such as D.B. Woodside, Kevin Alejandro, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Scarlett Estevez, Rachael Harris, Tricia Helfer, Aimee Garcia and Tom Welling to all appear again.
What do we know about season 4?
Chloe and Lucifer’s relationship is going to be the main thing going into season 4. Another one of the key plots in season 4 will also be a raised tension between Dan and Lucifer now that Charlotte has finished.
There are no announced casting departures or additions as of yet. We know the main cast are all returning as their contracts were due to continue.
When will season 4 be on Netflix?
Despite the show only being ten episodes that does not necessarily mean we’ll see a quick release date. With the show only beginning filming in mid-2018, the series is not expected to release until 2019 at the earliest.
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