Now that Netflix has swooped in and save Lucifer at the last possible moment, as with any good television story, now it’s time to figure out the future.
Details on the fourth season are coming in thanks to co-showrunners Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich talking to TVLine and we’ve pulled together the highlights.
Tom Ellis was one of the first people to get the renewal call from Warner Brothers TV President Peter Roth who told him to “sharpen your horns”.
The new season will be 10 episodes. That’s not counting the two ‘bonus’ episodes that had been planned for the season but have now already aired. The season may run a little longer if they fold in the bonus episodes, but the trick is figuring out how the one non-standalone episode, the Ella-focused episode, fits in. Everyone is said to be primed and ready and production will begin around August, not far off from their usual start time.
The plan is to keep the basic format of 43-minute episodes with the idea that they may be able to go a bit longer if they really love a scene or something. But they won’t suddenly start doing 90-minute episodes. Details still have to be worked out with Netflix to exactly how flexible they’ll be.
As for how the shorter order will effect the originally planned story for season four, the original idea was that the fourth season would basically be two parts. Now they’re going to use the first part to be the new Netflix season and make that really strong. What was left unsaid is that the second part could conceivably be a fifth season if they get one. But they did say that the fourth season will definitely not be labeled as a final season.
As for why Netflix picked up the series, they gave two reasons… they loved the series and they loved the fan reaction to it. Netflix is also working a deal to be able to air the previous three seasons of Lucifer.
As for San Diego Comic Con, while during the TVLine interview they weren’t certain, according to Deadline Modrovich has told his Twitter followers that Warner Bros TV will have a presence at the convention and the producers and cast may pop up in another WBTV panel, show up at the booth or even do an off-site press event. Plans are still in the works.
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