As Netflix’s Lucifer is nearing the end of its run, cast and crew are sharing emotional tributes after the final table read. Neil Gaiman, the original creator of the comic book the series is based on, is thanking one particular group of people for speaking out against the series: moms.
Emotions were set on high earlier this week when the cast and crew of Lucifer had their final table read. Co-showrunner Joe Henderson shared a photo from the first table read after the pilot in honor of the occasion, and while he got emotional about the milestone, Lucifer comic book creator Neil Gaiman went in a different direction. In a quote reply to Henderson’s tweet, Gaiman thanked the One Million Moms Twitter page for trying so hard to get Lucifer banned. The page is a network of Christian moms and grandmothers who have banned together to share their thoughts about today's entertainment climate.
In this case, those complaints had the opposite effect, though the series has not always had the easiest trajectory on the air. Lucifer is a show that is notorious for being canceled, then uncanceled, then canceled again and so on. The series was first canceled by FOX after the third season before it found its new home on Netflix for Season 4. The streaming service then renewed it for a fifth and what was supposed to be final season. However last summer before the first half of Season 5 released, Netflix announced it had renewed the dramedy procedural for a sixth and final, final, season that will consist of 10 episodes. Even though Season 5B has yet to receive a premiere date, the cast and crew are wasting no time completing the series.
The move to Netflix was brought on by fan campaigns after Fox had initially canceled the show. It wouldn’t mark the first series that was saved by fans, and it most likely won’t be the last. After Fox canceled Brooklyn Nine-Nine, fans poured in with tweets and posts and campaigns to save the 99th precinct and 24 hours later, NBC had saved the show. Campaigns go a long way, even if it’s for the opposite reason. Neil Gaiman thanking a group of moms who tried so hard to get the series banned and saying that them boycotting and speaking out against something will magically guarantee a long run is hilarious.
Maybe that’s what needs to happen for all shows. As long as you complain enough, the opposite will happen. Despite Lucifer’s end still being quite a long time away, it’s bittersweet seeing all the posts now that the cast is starting production on the final episode. Although it will be hard to say goodbye to the sassy Devil, the fact that the series was able to run three seasons longer than initially intended says a lot.