Lucifer season 4: Tom Ellis on how ten-episode order will shift focus

LuciferWhile we’ve spent a good bit of time as of late discussing how Lucifer season 4 could prove itself to be different than the first three because of its move to Netflix, there may actually be a larger reason for the show shaking things up. To be specific, we’re talking about the shift down to ten episodes, which is what the streaming service ordered.

Just think about things in these terms — with a season of 22 or 24 episodes, you’re inevitably going to have a lot of standalone episodes and filler in there. You have to, just because it’s very hard to sustain a continuous story for 22 episodes and you want to mix things up with a little bit of variety. We’re not saying that filler is bad at all, just because there are many standalone episodes of Lucifer that we love. It’s just different.

Speaking per Entertainment Weekly while at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, Tom Ellis personally seems rather excited about the opportunity to tell just ten stories:

“I’m excited about the fact that we are 10 episodes now as opposed to 22, which means we can get right down to the storytelling, and every episode will count … From my point of view as an actor, that’s great.”

Ellis also reiterated something that we’ve heard for the producers already — while the move to Netflix may allow Lucifer to be a little bit edgier, there’s going to be a real resistance to changing the show around because it’s rather great in its current form. You don’t want to stop doing something that the audience loves and we think Lucifer will feel mostly like the same show, just in a different home with a couple of little twists.

Season 4, unfortunately, is not going to premiere until presumably early next year, and we’ve already heard a little bit as to how the series is going to resolve the aftermath of the Lucifer – Chloe cliffhanger. What happened is inevitably going to change both of them, and as you would imagine, there are certainly many different conversations the two will need to have.

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