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“Lucifer” (FOX) pilot preview: a funny as hell cop show that will make you fall in love with the Devil!


Written & produced by Tom Kapinos (Californication, Dawson). Based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth & Mark Dringenberg. Co-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI, Pirates of the Caribbean, Cold Case, Without a trace…), Jonathan Littman (CSI, CSI Miami, Cold Case, Hostages) & KristieAnne Reed (CSI Cyber, Chase, Miami Medical). Directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld, Die Hard 4, Sleepy Hollow, Hawaii 5-0). For FOX, Warner Bros. Television, DC Comics, Jerry Bruckheimer Television & Aggresive Mediocrity. 61 pages.

Description: a bored and unhappy Lucifer Morningstar, the Lord of Hell, has resigned his throne and abandoned his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he has opened an exclusive nightclub called Lux. When an ex-lover of his turned pop star is shot dead in front of him, he decides to investigate on his own but police officer Chloe Dancer keeps on standing in his way and getting on his nerves. They have no choice but to reluctantly collaborate, something they might find quite tasty after a while. Lucifer now gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals…

With Tom Ellis (Miranda, Rush, The Fades), Lauren German (Hawaii 5-0, Chicago Fire), Nicholas Gonzales (The OC, Resurrection Blvd., Melrose Place 2009), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Spartacus, The Librarians, Single Ladies), D.B. Woodside (Suits, 24, Buffy, Single Ladies), Rachael Harris (Very Bad Trip, Suits)…

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Lucifer is my third FOX drama pilot script of this season after Minority Report and Studio City and is, by far, my favorite one, to my own surprise. I’m not into all things DC Comics: I totally get why Arrow & The Flash are hits, but I don’t enjoy them myself; Gotham is an interesting piece of television but it bores the shit out of me; and Constantine is just plain awful and certainly won’t stick around any longer if NBC is in its right mind, something that has yet to be proven. I don’t want to be overly optimistic but I think Lucifer is the kind of show that could help FOX getting its groove back after an incredibly poor season, Empire put aside. It’s vivid, energetic and a lot of fun. It’s exactly what they need and I hardly imagine them not picking it up to series…

Lucifer‘s biggest flaw is being yet another cop show, especially since the comics were not about police investigations at all. In fact, the TV series was not originally conceived this way. It should have been about Lucifer opening a piano bar. What would have happened next I have no idea and no knowledge about. The version FOX executives asked for and got is this: a police procedural mixed with supernatural elements and comedy. And more precisely, they wanted Californication‘s Hank Moody investigating murder cases Richard Castle‘s style with Dr House‘s dark sense of humor. They hired Californication‘s creator and showrunner Tom Kapinos to try it and they negociated for a long time to have modern cop-show’s king Jerry Bruckeimer and his team co-producing it. It couldn’t go wrong and it didn’t. I enjoyed this script more than I could imagine. Not because of the first case of the week, ‘cos it’s not particularly original and tremendously suspenseful (I think The Mysteries Of Laura‘s first case was way more exciting and I’m not kidding), but thanks to the character of Lucifer, whose every line is just delightfully hilarious.

I don’t know much about Tom Ellis, but I suspect FOX found their next Hugh Laurie with him, but younger. If he meets the expectations, he totally has the material -and I’m not talking about his beautiful face or his incredible manly chest but about the script- to make an extremely enjoyable performance. Women will LOVE Lucifer/him instantly and men will want to BE Lucifer/him. He’s THAT great! He could charm the pants off of anyone and he totally knows it, which makes him weirdly even more attractive. Oh and before I forget: he has some kind of power! That’s the supernatural twist of the show. He’s able to make anyone tell their own deepest desires just by locking eyes with them. It can prove very practical during a police investigation as you can guess. Lauren German’s character, Chloe Dancer, is a badass detective that claims to be allergic to him. She says he makes her sick. Of course, we don’t believe a word of it. She’s already in love but she’ll need three or four seasons to realize it, and two or three more to act on it. We know how it works, we’ve seen it a million times already. Lucifer’s world is full of women who wants him bad. There is Maze, a waitress at his club, and also Dr. Linda Martin, a psychatrist he meets during the investigation whom he promises a hook-up at a later time. Yeah, he’s generous. Note there’s a also a backstory about Lucifer’s family, especially his brother Amenadiel who lurks into the shadows, but we don’t really know what his agenda is. He may not be that much of an angel though.

Lucifer is an almighty entertaining and funny as hell detective drama that deserves a slot in FOX’s schedule next season. It has all it takes to be a success. That being said, Forever at ABC was in the same situation this past year but could never become a hit, mostly because of bad scheduling. So Lucifer can’t be labeled as a winner yet. But in my heart, it is already. Yes, I fell in love with the Devil…

Quickie: NBC goes “Cuckoo” while FOX orders DC Comics’ “Lucifer” to pilot


It is not official yet but I can confirm NBC is ordering a single-camera comedy pilot adapted from british show Cuckoo. It tells the story of a middle-class family’s daughter who comes back from a summer abroad married to a charming but infuriating hippie moron – a guy called Cuckoo…Developed by Lionsgate for CBS, with the original creators Kieron Quirke & Robin French writing, it is now set up at NBC where it is honestly a better fit. Of course, this time the show won’t feature Andy Samberg, the original Cuckoo, replaced in season 2 by Taylor Lautner because of its commiment with Brookyn Nine-Nine.

At FOX, what may be the last drama pilot order for this season goes to Lucifer, an adaptation from DC Comics, written by Californication creator (and ex Dawson’s Creek producer)  Tom Kapinos. It centers on bored and unhappy Lucifer, the Lord of Hell, who resign his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he opens an exclusive piano bar called Lux…Well, maybe he will meet Hank Moody there!

FOX’s new regime cancels “Home” pilot and prepares future picks


As Gary Newman and Dana Walden are preparing they first pilot season as new FOX’s presidents, some projects are heating up for a pilot pick-up, and another one, previously ordered, has been scrapped, The Hollywood Reporter just revealed. 

The pressure could not be higher for the new duo at the head of FOX, with only Gotham (and maybe Empire) finding an audience for the past few months. New shows are expected to start in the next weeks such as Last Man On Earth, Weird Loners or Wayward Pines but none is looking good for a potential success. And they know it already. On top of that, Home, a thriller soap descripted as the exploration of the secrets lingering behind the facade of a suburban family, created by Aron Eli Colete (Hostages) and produced by hit maker Jerry Bruckheimer, won’t go to pilot after all. It received a pilot production commitment last year by the previous regime but in the end it was too expensive and said not going in the right direction.

But Jerry Bruckheimer shouldn’t be sad for too long: his other project for FOX, Global Frequency, will probably get a pilot order soon. It’s about a privately funded crime-fighting operation that uses worldwide crowd-sourcing to solve crimes the police cannot. This comic book adaptation is heating up at the network, as are the american version of British show Luther with Idris Elba, Lucifer from DC Comics and Minority Report, a sequel to the Tom Cruise movie. All of them are not original ideas obviously, and that’s sad to say the least…