Fox CEO Dana Walden Reveals Why They Cancelled Lucifer

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The saga that followed Fox cancelling Lucifer earlier this year had some interesting and, at times, intense moments for fans.

And whilst the series has officially been picked up (by Netflix none the less), Fox has remained quite tight-lipped as to why they decided to cancel such a popular series, which clearly has a lot of life left in it.

Until now, that is.

After over three months since the cancellation, Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Dana Walden has clarified the network’s decision. Speaking at the Television Critic’s Association‘s summer press tour, Walden stated;

“We had a great time working with that cast and the executive producers of the show. It worked well for us. [But] as we were going into this season, we looked at the size of the audience, which was starting to get pretty narrow. We just made a determination that given…It was owned by an outside studio, at the time we couldn’t justify the economics. It was not an inexpensive show, and we just made a decision that ultimately it wasn’t performing to a broad enough audience in a way that worked for us.”

Now, as fans of the show will attest, Lucifer certainly has enough of a fanbase to justify its existence, and that’s why Netflix decided to pick it up.

Vice President of original series at Netflix, Cindy Holland, who also spoke at the Television Critic’s Association‘s summer press tour, revealed the reason Netflix saved the series was because’

“[It] has really resonated with audiences in parts of the world where we licensed it so we felt it was important to help that show continue for those fans.”

So, maybe it was more of a case that not as many people were tuning into Fox to watch Lucifer, and, as such, Fox decided that the numbers were on a decline and, therefore, the series wasn’t attracting in the numbers they once were.

Evidently, the team at Fox were wrong on this one.

But, thankfully for fans of the series, Netflix has, once again, saved the day.

No confirmation yet as to when the Netflix series will premiere, but it is heavily expected to be during the first half of 2019.

Not that long to go then, guys.

-James, 06/08/2018

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