Why Netflix Chose To Save Lucifer From Cancellation

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Netflix has forged a legacy as a streaming platform very much at the fore of rescuing shows that find themselves in distress. Hence why so many fan campaigns surrounding cancelled series will center on the streaming giant saving their favorite from destruction. And while conversations had at one time involved Amazon, Netflix ended up being the platform that struck the deal to save Lucifer. So why did it decide to rescue the beloved series? Cindy Holland, the VP of Netflix's original content explained, saying:

Lucifer is a fantastic show that has really resonated with audiences in parts of the world, so we felt it was important for our licensing team to try to help that show continue for our fans.

Lucifer fans are undoubtedly grateful for Netflix's decision. Thanks to the streaming platform, fans will get to see the fallout of the show's Season 3 cliffhanger. And early details on the upcoming season point toward the fan-favorite series not returning with any major changes pertaining to its episode lengths.

Based on Cindy Holland's explanation at Netflix's recent TCA session (via Deadline), the show's ability to resonate with fans all over the world had a lot to do with saving it from the brink. Lucifer's connection with said fans is one of the things that likely helped make the show's campaign so robust and in the end, successful. In a television season that saw several cancelled series make their way to new homes courtesy of secondary-rescue, not every show did.

Leave it to a supernatural drama to end up with more than one life. While Lucifer is not available to stream on Netflix, the streaming service does feature a lot of supernatural television dramas, including Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals, among others. The genre was not given as a reason Netflix decided to save it, even though the popularity of a particular genre would theoretically fit into that choice somewhere down the line.

One thing not mentioned by Cindy Holland was how the show's fans mobilized on social media to take their call to action viral. When Fox cancelled Lucifer, fans joined forces along with the series' showrunner and its stars to rescue the show. That level of solidarity in the fight only helped fuel the fire.

With the show not set to go overboard with its less restrictive content status as a streaming series, fans just have to sit back and wait to see how this new Netflix version of the show does when it rolls out. If Netflix likes what they see with Season 4, executives could very well want more.

A premiere date for Lucifer Season 4 has not been revealed by Netflix yet, so stay tuned. For new television content set to premiere on Netflix this year, check out our 2018 Netflix premiere rundown. Our guide to Amazon Prime's premiere schedule is available to peruse through next. For new television shows set to arrive this fall, check out CinemaBlend's guide to TV's fall premieres.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.