This is a rare feat — Fox’s 2018 cancellations made the #1 trending topic on Twitter for two consecutive days. After #Brooklyn99 ruled social media yesterday following Fox’s decision not to pick up a sixth season of the cop comedy, today it’s #SaveLucifer at the top of the social conversation after Fox cancelled the comic book-based drama.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine producer Universal TV is already exploring a new home. While Hulu, considered a suitable home because it already owns the show’s SVOD rights, has ultimately passed on picking it up, the efforts continue. UPDATE 9 PM: Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been picked up by NBC!
I hear that WBTV is gearing up to shop the series to steaming services and premium cable networks. Coincidentally, Hulu also owns the SVOD rights of Lucifer, making it a suitable home for that series too, but I hear that appears to be a long shot.
While Marvel has spread its brand over a wide range of different networks — from ABC and Freeform to Fox and FX to Netflix and Hulu, DC has been conservative, with branded series currently airing only on the CW, Fox (Gotham) and Syfy (Krypton).
Because of Lucifer’s DC roots, there is also an in-house opportunity — Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are gearing up to launch DC Universe, a DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital platform, which will have original series. One live-action show has been greenlighted so far, superhero drama Titans.
Additionally, WBTV has sister network the CW that previously rescued cancelled CBS DC drama Supergirl and picked up Black Lightning when it was not ordered to pilot by Fox. but Lucifer is probably a little old for the CW, which already has a ton of DC series. The network also didn’t pick up Constantine when it was cancelled by NBC. Both Lucifer and Constantine are based on characters from DC’s Vertigo imprint and not part of the Arrow universe.
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