Lucifer's Tom Ellis Is Reportedly On Board For Season 6, So What's Next?

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Lucifer fans got some hellish news when the renewal for Season 5 on Netflix came with the confirmation that the fifth season would be the last. Now, however, the signs are looking good that the Devil could have another day on the streaming giant, with star Tom Ellis reportedly on board for a sixth season.

Tom Ellis has finalized a new deal to return as leading man of Lucifer for a sixth season, according to TVLine, assuming that sixth season actually does happen. An official renewal hasn't been announced yet, and neither Netflix nor Warner Bros. TV commented on this reported deal with Ellis, but the stars seem to be aligning.

Reports that Lucifer could return for Season 6 despite its cancellation following its upcoming fifth season hit the web back in mid-February, with Netflix and Warner Bros. TV in talks to expand Lucifer beyond Season 5. More recently, Lucifer showrunners Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson reportedly signed on for a sixth season, which was a big step in the right direction.

There was one major missing piece from all of this potential good news: Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar. Lucifer certainly can't go on without Lucifer, and I'm guessing fans could agree that a recast to replace Tom Ellis simply wouldn't work. So, the report that Ellis has signed on for Season 6 is a cause for celebration, especially since many of Ellis' fellow Lucifer stars apparently already have deals to keep them on board for a sixth season.

Tom Ellis was one of several Lucifer stars to share a reaction to the renewal/cancellation news back in June 2019. Following the video in which Ellis promised fans he'd see them in Hell, he posted a more thoughtful reaction on Twitter, saying this:

It’s beautifully overwhelming to know how much love there is for #lucifer out there...thank you to everyone for your congratulations on the announcement of our final season. It’s bittersweet for us too but all good things must come to an end...always leave them wanting more.

If all the pieces for Lucifer Season 6 come together and Netflix officially orders the renewal, then that bittersweet feeling could lose a whole lot of its bitterness! The question now is: what's next? If Tom Ellis and most of the cast have deals to return and the showrunners have signed on, the future of Lucifer seemingly falls into the hands of Netflix and Warner Bros. TV execs.

If a deal for another season can be worked out, then fans will have not one but two full seasons to look forward to! Of course, the fifth season itself has the potential to feel like two seasons. Season 5 was originally announced as running for ten episodes before the count was bumped up to 16, which will be split into two batches of eight episodes each.

Eight is a pretty standard length for a season of a streaming TV series, so a 16-episode Season 5 could feel more like two seasons than just one. The only bad news here is that Netflix hasn't announced a premiere date yet for Season 5, which is currently the final season. The first eight episodes are expected to premiere in 2020; as for the rest, only time will tell.

Hopefully confirmation of a Lucifer Season 6 on Netflix comes sooner rather than later. For now, you can always relive the devilishly addictive first four seasons streaming on Netflix, and check out our 2020 Netflix premiere schedule for more options.

Laura Hurley
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