Lucifer Season 1 Preview

Lucifer Stars on 'Ultimate Redemption Story,' Comic Book Tweaks

Fans of the Lucifer tale from DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint who plan to tune into the new Fox series Monday night (9/8c) should brace themselves for a very different story.

While there are “elements of relationships” from that source material, the show is “very much its own being,” explains star Tom Ellis (Rush), who wasn’t aware the project was based on the graphic novel when he took the job. “I’m sure there will be some people very unhappy about that. But if people watch it for what it is, then they’ll soon forget.”

Ellis also acknowledges that the program “may be billed as a procedural cop drama,” but that’s not an entirely accurate description, he argues. “It’s about [Lucifer’s] experience of learning about humanity and people and interaction and emotions.”

Below, Ellis and his co-star Lauren German (Chicago Fire) elaborate on their characters’ love/hate chemistry, Hell’s denizens and more.

THE DEVIL YOU DON’T KNOW | Ellis’ take on the legendary baddie, who helps the LAPD while running a nightclub, is — as you no doubt surmised — far less evil. “He likes to have fun with people,” Ellis says, adding that the City of Angels proves to be a very “different world” for Lucifer. There, “the most irredeemable character” begins “the ultimate redemption story.”

‘SHIPPER ALERT | Although German’s homicide detective Chloe finds herself frustrated by Lucifer’s shenanigans as her unlikely tag-along partner in crime-solving, she can’t quite bring herself to cut him loose. “He always seems to help her in a real way…with the case,” the actress explains. But given all their bickering, is there anything Chloe likes about him? “More than she would want anyone to know!” German replies with a laugh. “She’s in complete denial. There is a completely stifled part of her that is sexually charged when he’s around. But she would never, not even to her best girlfriend, admit that… But, also, every day it’s a different woman [with him], and that grosses her out.”

Lucifer Season 1 PreviewBACK IN HELL | Rounding out Lucifer’s hellish world are his trusted companion, the demon Maze (The Librarians‘ Lesley-Ann Brandt), and God’s emissary, the angel Amenadiel (24‘s DB Woodside). The former “came with me to Earth under the promise that I’d probably only be here a short while,” Ellis shares, “and I’ve deferred and deferred and deferred because I’m quite enjoying the experience.” Amenadiel, meanwhile, is on a mission to bring Lucifer’s topside vacation to an end. “The overall order of divinity is slightly askew and not working,” Ellis previews. “So he wants me to go back [to Hell] and fulfill my role. Otherwise, something awful might happen.”

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  1. ninamags says:

    This sounds like a fun time. Cannot wait for Monday.

  2. Andrew says:

    Saw the pilot quite awhile back. It’s a LOT f fun. A devilishly good time, if you will. Ellis is a very charming, likeable Lucifer.

  3. Drew says:

    I will pass. I can’t imagine why Fox would think it was a good idea to make a show where Lucifer is the central hero character. What’s next? A sitcom about Hitler?

    • dean says:

      you know only one of those is real, right ? and i’ not talking about the austrian with the funny beard….

      • Drew says:

        Whether or not you choose to believe in Hitler is your own business. Either way, it would be a bad idea to make him the hero of a TV series.

        • dean says:

          my bad, of course i meant to say:
          “you know one of those isn’t real, right ? and i’m not talking about the austrian with the funny beard….”
          but i guess there’s no point in beating that particular horse any longer.
          wish you a good day anyway

      • The Beach says:

        FYI: Hitler had no beard. He did, however, have a funny moustache.

    • Maryann says:

      I think a person’s take on this is going to depend on whether they consider Lucifer mythological and the show potentially fun, or whether they consider Lucifer real and the show consequently blasphemous.

      • Drew says:

        Exactly. Most people identify as having some sort of religious belief. Most of those people would be of faiths that believe in Lucifer or some variant thereof. So yes, anyone willing to chuckly along with a heroic version Lucifer might watch. Anyone who doesn’t like the idea of making a hero of the most evil being to ever exist will choose not to watch.
        It is just a bad business decision.

    • tvjunkie says:

      Seriously, a fictional character as an anti-hero is a problem for you? It’s not like that hasn’t been a whole bunch of times. TV, movies, etc are littered with not so nice character playing a hero of sorts. It’s just a different twist on one of the oldest fictional characters in history, no need to get your panties in a bunch. if you don’t like it don’t watch.

      • Drew says:

        I’m sorry. I’m not sure I understand. Now, were you talking about a *fictional* character? Because it wasn’t really clear in your post.

    • Marco says:

      You haven’t seen ‘Heil Honey, I’m Home’ have you? That’s exactly what you asked for.

  4. alistaircrane says:

    Why can’t these networks properly adapt a Vertigo comic? First iZombie, now Lucifer…these shows have nothing in common with the source material except for the names!

  5. Joey Padron says:

    Good preview about the show from the cast. Excited to see the show on Monday!

  6. tomboy says:

    hey drew, there is a show about hitler and it`s on amazon! gasp, why don`t you go read a bible next to your oil lamp while we bask in satan`s glory, sweetie.. btw i`m jewish and wouldn`t mind watching a funny sitcom about adolf and eva, but that`s us scientists, kooky..

    • Drew says:

      Yes, because nobody who believes in God can be a scientist. Don’t tell that to actual scientists though. You are trying to belittle me. Instead you come across as looking rather naive, foolish and arrogant. Anyone who claims to know the truth of the world without resorting to some amount of faith is the biggest fool of them all.

  7. Mare says:

    I can’t wait! This is the new show I was looking forward to the most!