Fox's cancellations continue as Lucifer and The Exorcist are both axed

Fox is continuing to cut down its primetime lineup.

The network significantly culled its comedy slate on Thursday (May 10) by cancelling Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mick and Last Man on Earth, but it was dramas taking a hit on Friday (May 11).

Both DC Comics series Lucifer and feature film spin-off The Exorcist were officially axed by Fox as part of a continuing wave of cancellations and renewals.

Lucifer writer Joe Henderson reacted angrily to the news, warning fans that the series will definitely not be ending on a satisfying note.

“We created a season finale with a huge cliffhanger so that there was no way Fox could cancel us,” he tweeted. “Instead, we’re going to frustrate the hell out of you fans. I’m so sorry for that. #Lucifer”

Series star Tom Ellis was a bit more circumspect about the end of the series, writing to fans: “It has been the most amazing experience over the past 3 years playing Lucifer and falling in love with you, the fans.

“It fills me with great sadness to confirm the rumours that some of you have been asking. Fox has indeed cancelled #lucifer I’m so sorry guys. #gutted”

Meanwhile, The Exorcist writer Jeremy Slater’s message to the show’s fanbase was direct: “Sorry guys.”

Luckily, Fox isn’t only cancelling shows. It renewed both Empire and its companion series Star earlier in the week, in addition to reviving the Tim Allen sitcom Last Man Standing on Friday.

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