Just how many lives does the Devil get? By our count, we are up to five. Yes Lucifer, a TV show that got its initial life on the Fox network but has since moved on to Netflix, has been renewed for season 5 and we are here to give you the low down on all the naughty details. Here’s all we know about Lucifer season 5.
SAVED BY NETFLIX
According to Fox, numbers were the reason they decided to drop Lucifer after three seasons. Even when social media went scorched earth on the network, executives didn’t budge.
According to TV Guide, Dana Walden, who was the chairman and CEO of Fox Television Group at the time of the canceling, said that the social media campaign to save the show didn’t cause Fox executives to think twice about bringing the show back. “We had a great time working with that cast and the executive producers of the show. It worked well for us,” Walden said at the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in 2018. “[But] as we were going into this season, we looked at the size of the audience, which was starting to get pretty narrow. We just made a determination that given … it was owned by an outside studio, at the time we couldn’t justify the economics. It was not an inexpensive show, and we just made a decision that ultimately it wasn’t performing to a broad enough audience in a way that worked for us.”
Thankfully, Fox’s decision to cancel the show was not the end of Lucifer’s story. In a move rarely seen (as in Lucifer was the first instance), the streaming giant Netflix listened to fan outrage and rolled the dice. They picked up Lucifer for its fourth season.
According to Cindy Holland, Netflix’s vice president of original series told that same audience at the Television Critics Association Summer press tour that Lucifer is “a fantastic show that has really resonated with audiences in parts of the world where we licensed it so we felt it was important to help that show continue for those fans.”
Not only did Netflix help raise Lucifer from the ashes, but it also put all its chips on the table and renewed it for Lucifer season 5.
THAT DEVILISH CAST
With the news that Lucifer was not only back for season 4 but a season 5 as well, fans were wondering who would be tagging along? Obviously, Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar would be there. He is the main reason people watch.
Lauren German will return as Detective Chloe Decker, Lucifer’s partner in crime. Rachael Harris is Lucifer’s psychotherapist Dr. Linda Martin. D.B. Woodside will be back as Lucifer’s older brother Amenadiel. Kevin Alejandro and Lesley-Ann Brandt both return as Detective Daniel “Dan” Espinoza and Mazikeen.
LUCIFER SEASON 5’S NEW BLOOD
Some new blood was introduced in Lucifer season four when Inbar Lavi joined the cast as Lucifer’s very first girlfriend, the apple-eating Eve. While her return for Lucifer season five was initially in doubt, Entertainment Weekly recently announced that YES, Lavi will make her return in season 5.
Not only will we see the return of Eve, but word on the street is that Lucifer’s father, yes the Big Guy, will also be appearing. Dennis Haysbert (Pedro Cerrano in the Major League movies) has been cast as God and it couldn’t make Lucifer’s co-showrunner Joe Henderson any happier. He told Entertainment Weekly, “We did like the big crazy list of [possible actors for the part], and he was my top choice. We were lucky. It was our first and only offer.” It is not known just how much fans will see God but plans are for him to play a major role in season five.
Another new face to the cast will be Matthew Bohrer playing a character named Donovan Glover. Whether he is Lucifer’s friend or enemy remains to be seen.
THE DEVIL’S IN LUCIFER SEASON 5’S PLOT DETAILS
Last we saw Mr. Morningstar, he was on his way back to reclaim his mantle as Hell’s leader. How this plays out we aren’t sure, as exact details have not been shared. But what we do know is this: Lucifer season five was first scheduled to be a ten-episode season but when Netflix announced that season five would be the final season (swear to God, this time) they bumped it from ten episodes to sixteen. The writers of the show have been tweeting out clues by way of sharing Episode titles. If the first episode title is any indication as to where Lucifer’s mind is at, then we know his struggle will be real.
Season five will offer a couple of special episodes. The first comes in episode four titled “It Never Ends Well For The Chicken.” This episode is a noir episode set in the 1940s. It will be in black and white and there will be two musical numbers in it, one features a duet with Lucifer and Maze. Brandt told EW, “I do sing with Tom, which is something I know that the fans really wanted. It’s a beautiful, beautiful rendition of one of my favorite songs and a classic and has incredible American vocals, and we pay homage to that era and time.”
Not to be outdone by themselves, Lucifer season 5 also plans to have a full-blown musical episode too. In the episode titled “Bloody Celestial Karaoke Jam” and will give fans much more than just two musical numbers.
Also announced for this musical episode will be a guest-starring role for ‘80s pop star Debbie Gibson. She portrays a controlling mom who won’t allow her son to have any say in his future. And yes, she will sing.
Showrunner Ildy Modrovich talked to EW about this episode, “We wanted to have a real grounded story reason why they’re singing and dancing, and not just, ‘Oh, this is going to be the one where everybody sings and dance’. It’s been a little game of Tetris [planning the episode] but it’s super fun. It’s going to be amazing. It’s going to be just such a bucket list thing for me.”
HELL OF A LUCIFER SEASON 5 PREMIERE
There is no exact date for a Lucifer season five premiere, but what has been confirmed about season five is that this season will be split into two. Series star Tom Ellis confirmed Netflix’s plans: “Netflix is going to drop eight episodes, and then there’s going to be a little break, and then they’re going to drop another eight episodes.”
WILL LUCIFER SEASON 5 BE THE LAST?
Is it a nasty rumor or reality? We’ve been down this road a couple of times with Lucifer, but according to Netflix, season five will be the last. Sadly, Modrovich shared with Lucifer fans via twitter addressing what would be the shows final season. In it, she thanked fans, cast, Netflix and Warner Brothers.
She was grateful they were able to end the series on their terms and she ended by saying, “This has been and will continue to be an incredibly beautiful and unique experience. So, on behalf of the cast and Joe and I… we look forward to spending this final season basking in the Lucie-love with you!!”
So with all this heartfelt outpouring of love and thanks, could it be a bit premature? TVLine reports that Lucifer season 5 co-showrunners Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson just signed new deals with Netflix to possibly continue on with the series. What makes this more intriguing is that shortly after their signing, leading man Tom Ellis also signed an extension. It could truly mean a Lucifer season six is in the works.