The 2017-2018 renewal game continues with announcements for Fox’s Lucifer and Syfy’s Channel Zero.
Lucifer is the second drama to be renewed at Fox with season’s three order for 22 episodes. The Warner Bros drama follows Lucifer (Tom Ellis) who has relinquished his job as Hell’s gatekeeper and moves to Los Angeles to own a club and help the LAPD solve crimes.
It was a mid-season pick up last year that exceeded expectations and earned a 13 episode second season renewal in May, and a nine-episode pickup to complete a full 22 show season in October.
Fox Broadcasting entertainment chief David Madden states, “Lucifer is one of those rare shows that stars strong out of the gate, and just keeps getting better and better. Tom [Ellis], Lauren [German], and the entire cast have really made these characters three-dimensional, and the production team – Jerry [Bruckheimer], Len [Wiseman], Jonathan [Littman], Joe [Henderson], and Ildy [Modrovich] – is one of the best in the business.’
The second season of Lucifer is currently on hiatus until May 1.
Before the season two premiere of Nick Antosca’s Channel Zero, Syfy has ordered a third and fourth season. Season one’s Channel Zero: Candle Cove was a hit with audiences and critics which prompted a season two pickup of the horror series before the first season finished airing.
Each installment of the anthology is based on a ‘creepypasta’ (user generated horror stories published online). The first six-part Candle Cove centered on Kris Straub’s story of one man’s obsessive recollection of a mysterious children’s program from the 1980s. The second six hour collections, No-End House, will follow a group who enter a bizarre house of horrors.
Antosca (Hannibal) will return as executive producer, showrunner, and writer for the next two seasons. He has also signed an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop and produce scripted programing for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and for external networks and streaming services.
Chris McCumber, President at USA and SyFy states, “Channel Zero certainly hit a nerve with Candle Cove. We look forward to creeping everyone out again this fall with No-End House – and can’t wait to see what nightmares Nick has in store for the future.”
Channel Zero will premiere on Syfy in October.