Saturday, May 9, 2015

LUCIFER Picked Up by Fox for 2016, Gets Showrunner

Apart from having his own show on Fox News, what better place for a former Lord of Hell?

The Hollywood Reporter delivered the news yesterday that Fox has given a series order to Lucifer, based on the DC Comics/VERTIGO comic book written by Mike Carey.  Here's the official description of the series...

“Lucifer” stars Tom Ellis (Rush) in the title role as Lucifer, who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals. Co-starring alongside Ellis are Lauren German (“Chicago Fire”) as Chloe Dancer, an LAPD homicide detective who finds herself both repulsed and fascinated by Lucifer; Lesley-Ann Brandt (“Spartacus”) as Lucifer’s best friend Maze, a fierce demon who takes the form of a human woman; Nicholas Gonzalez (“Sleepy Hollow”) as Dan, an LAPD homicide detective wary of Lucifer; D.B. Woodside as Amenadiel, an angel sent to L.A. to persuade Lucifer to return to hell; and Rachael Harris as Linda, Lucifer’s therapist.

The character was first introduced to Vertigo Comics in Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman,” where he abandoned his role as the lord of hell in the beloved “Season of Mists” storyline. His self-titled series, written by Mike Carey, ran for 75 issues.

“Lucifer” comes from Warner Bros. TV, DC Comics and Jerry Bruckheimer Television, and was written by “Californication” creator Tom Kapinos and directed by Len Wiseman. Kapinos and Wiseman will executive produce with Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Ildy Modrovich.

Lucifer will be the seventh DC Comics network television series for the upcoming 2015-16 season, after returning shows Arrow, The Flash, iZombie, and Gotham, and new series Supergirl and DC's Legends of Tomorrow.

And in another article posted today, THR revealed that White Collar's Joe Henderson has been tapped as showrunner.  Henderson, who had several showrunning offers this season, includes Almost Human and USA's Graceland among his credits.

Lucifer will debut on Fox sometime in early 2016 as a midseason replacement.

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