“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…


  1. Norma Darling says:

    This is my best new series I have seen come along since “Forever.”. PLEASE do not make the same mistake and cancel it without a chance

  2. Joseph says:

    It will probably be another forever, which by the way I liked very much just as it was getting good they cancelled it, the same thing will probably happen with this show on fox one season then done is my prediction

  3. David says:

    Thanks for your comments.
    If we consider other fox drama pilots and current shows, the odds are against lucifer or in favor of lucifer ?

    • Lulla says:

      I have one left FOX drama pilot to read (Frankenstein) but for now, according to Deadline, “Lucifer” doesn’t have much buzz going for it. FOX will pick very few new dramas, since they already have “Scream Queens” and renewed a bunch of them. But “Lucifer” has a fair chance.

  4. TVNerd says:

    It’s funny Lulla, we have the EXACT same taste in TV shows…we don’t like boring procedural and superhero shows, but we love family dramas, ABC style comedies and mystery serialized thrillers, love Grey’s, love the site! keep up the good work!

  5. Ruth says:

    When may we expect to hear further news on Lucifer from @FOXTV? i.e. is it a go? Tom Ellis fans are anxiously awaiting some news, please.

    • Lulla says:

      Sadly, you have to wait for another month. FOX won’t decide on its fate until the upfronts, mid-May. Fingers crossed until then.

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