Netflix announced on social media Tuesday morning that Lucifer will get a 6th season. The show's upcoming 5th season, which debuts August 21, 2020, was originally set to be its 'final' season, when it was announced last year. This is the second time that Netflix has renewed the show for an upcoming' final' season. In announcing this 6th season pick-up, the show referenced its seeming immortality by noting that this season 6 will be the 'FINAL final' season.
Tom Ellis plays Lucifer, the devil, having fallen from grace (and heaven), banished to serve as the Lord of Hell. Having tired of managing purgatory, he ascends to Los Angeles where he owns a nightclub, leads an active nightlife replete with booze and women and moonlights as a consultant to the LAPD, helping to cleanse Earth of its criminals. Lucifer is partnered with LAPD detective Chloe Decker played by Lauren German, with whom he shares the requisite emotional tension throughout the series.
The show's 6th season return had been expected after Tom Ellis finalized a deal in May to return as Lucifer. The series' executive producers, Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson both closed new 6th season deals even earlier than Ellis. The rest of the cast had already signed-on, leaving Ellis as the show's only holdout. Other returning players include Lauren German as Chloe Decker, Kevin Alejandro as Detective Dan Espinoza, D.B. Woodside as Amendadiel, Lesley-Ann Brandt as Maze, Aimee Garcia as Ella Lopez and Rachel Harris as Dr. Linda Martin. Inbar Lavi, who played Eve in season 4 is also set to return in season 5.
With season 5 premiering on Netflix starting August 21st, the plan had been for season 6 to start production in September. Before the 6th season can start production, though, season 5 still needs to be wrapped-up, as its production had been suspended due to the global health crisis, leaving only a few days of work remaining on season 5 when production was suspended in March. When season 5 was set to be the final season, the streamer envisioned a 2-part season, with 8 episodes released first, followed by another 8 episodes in a second half release. No word has yet been released on when the 2nd 8 episodes of season 5 will be released. Netflix teased 5th season.
"In the stunning fifth season of Lucifer, the stakes are higher than ever. Secrets will be revealed, beloved characters will die, and we'll finally get an answer to the question, 'will they or won't they?'"
Lucifer originally aired on Fox, until the network canceled the show after 3 seasons. Netflix then picked up the series, extending its run. The 4th season dropped on Netflix almost a year after it was picked up by the streamer, in May 2019. The 5th season was announced only 1 month after the 4th season hit. The show has been a strong performer on the streaming platform, with 77 episodes spanning 5 seasons, making the show one of the longest-running Netflix series with total episode counts similar to those of Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards.