A combination of steady ratings and critical acclaim have garnered FOX series Lucifer a pickup of nine more episodes to complete a full second season order.
The series, based on the character who first appeared in DC’s Sandman comic (created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg) and his own subsequent title, has been transplanted into a procedural that pairs the Lord of Hell in Self-Exile with a female homicide detective who intrigues him because his powers of persuasion don’t work on her.
Tonight’s new episode, Monster, is a Halloween-themed ep that features a zombie wedding and a unique Halloweening team. For more, read on.
On Sunday, October 16th, Halloween invades the airwaves at FOX as the 600th episode of The Simpsons – Treehouse of Terror XXVII premieres.
Between then and Halloween, Halloween-themed programming – ranging from Rocky Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again to Lucifer – will pop out of the pumpkin patch.
Shows following the seasonal theme include the October 18th episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Scream Queens; The Exorcist on October 21st; Bob’s Burgers on October 23rd and Gotham and Lucifer (think Maze taking Trixie Halloweening…) on October 31st.
This week on Lucifer (Mondays, 9/8C): After a lovely, mischievous season premiere in which we met Lucifer’s mum in the last scene, this week we get to see if she’s the celestial ball of savagery Lucifer thinks she is.
Liar, Liar, Slutty Dress On Fire shows us how Mum arrived on this mortal coil – after first showing us a few other arrivals (all looking for Lucifer). Needless to say, her arrival involves a murder that Lucifer is sure she committed.
The second season of Lucifer (Mondays, 9/8C) kicks off with a juicy murder – a TV star’s stand-in is found dead with metal horns stuck in her skull! Lucifer is certain it’s a sign that his Mother is out to get him.
Despite the task Mr. Morningstar was given in the show’s first season finale, things haven’t changed too much – Everything’s Comin Up Lucifer is a smidgen darker than all but the last couple of first season episodes, but the deeply disturbing whimsy is still there and the result remains highly entertaining.
The first season of Lucifer (FOX, Mondays, 9/8C) comes a close with an episode that requires us to watch to the final word – for a cliffhanger that reveals the one thing that actually scares the devil.
But first, Lucifer Morningstar must work with his angelic brother, Amenadiel to find the crooked cop who framed him (perfectly) for murder.
Lucifer (FOX, Mondays, 9/8C) has turned to be a surprisingly intriguing adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comics character that mixes the Lucifer that we know from the comics with a police procedural. Even as I thoroughly enjoyed the series premiere, I didn’t know if this curious mix would work.
With #TeamLucifer, the penultimate episode of season one, I’m still waiting for it to falter and pleased to note that it shows no sign of doing so. The inevitable Satanism episode turns in unexpected directions – playing with the notion that not everything is what it seems, and evil might not come from the obvious places.
FOX has renewed two of its rookie dramas: Lucifer and Rosewood.
‘We knew we had something special with LUCIFER, from the engaging performances of Tom, Lauren and the rest of the charismatic cast, to Len Wiseman’s visually stunning look of the show and the amazing storytelling savvy of the Bruckheimer team,’ said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
‘With ROSEWOOD, creator Todd Harthan has put a fresh, playful spin on the procedural format, infusing it with wit and warmth, while Morris, Jaina and the show’s gifted supporting cast have turned in fantastic performances. We look forward to two stand-out sophomore seasons from both series.’
For details on next week’s episodes of both show’s follow the jump.
The world’s greatest escape artist/master magician and the creator of Sherlock Holmes team up in the new FOX drama, Houdini & Doyle, starring Michael Weston as Harry Houdini and Stephen Manga as Arthur Conan Doyle.
In the fictional series, real-life friends Houdini & Doyle team up with the first female Constable of New Scotland Yard, Adelaide Stratton (Rebecca Liddiard) to solve inexplicable, possibly supernatural mysteries.
Houdini & Doyle premieres Monday, May 2nd (9/10) following a new episode of Gotham – in the timeslot currently occupied by Lucifer (which has its season finale on April 25th). A trailer and further details follow the break.
FOX’s Lucifer (Mondays, 9/8C) is a silky smooth hour of supernatural sleuthing and amoral indifference featuring the Lord of Hell – Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) himself – who has tired of the boring responsibilities of Hell and quit to live up among the most unpredictable of God’s creations: humanity. So, naturally, he runs an upscale nightclub/bar, with his fellow former inhabitant of Hell, Maze (Lesly Ann Brandt).
He doesn’t give a fig about our laws, but when a friend of his – whom he helped make a star – is killed he takes personal offense which leads him to provide (impose) his help on the detective investigating the case.
[SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers from the new episode]
Second Chance premieres on FOX on Wednesday nights (9/8C) and is intriguing enough to be worth your time. Pilots are always a difficult thing to pull off since they have only 45 minutes to introduce characters, provide adequate back-story, and establish the driving force of the series. It is no surprise that things may feel a bit rushed. They also need to be fascinating enough so that the viewer would be interested in tuning in to the series in the weeks to follow. Second Chance delivers a solid pilot covering all the requirements and sets up interesting themes to move the series forward. No doubt there are going to be some high expectations as the series evolves, considering the producers have some outstanding television credits as part of their resumes such as Life, Crisis, 24, Homeland, Tyrant, Law & Order: SVU, and Elementary.
Also, in case you missed it, be sure to check out the Eclipse interview with Executive Producer Rand Ravich and stars Rob Kazinsky for some great character insights.