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Fox is sticking with what’s working and has handed out renewals for two of its freshman class.
The pickups join Ryan Murphy/Brad Falchuk anthology Scream Queens as the only freshman series that Fox has picked up for the 2016-17 broadcast season.
From Warner Bros. Television, Lucifer has been averaging 10.5 million total viewers across multiple platforms. It ranks as Fox’s second-highest-rated new series this season among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo and the No. 5 among new broadcast series this season in the metric.
Lucifer hails from prolific producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Based on characters created by Neil Gaiman and from his DC Entertainment-based Vertigo comic series, the Tom Ellis and Lauren German starrer is produced by Tom Kapinos, Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Ildy Modrovich, Joe Henderson and Len Wiseman.
Rosewood, meanwhile, is produced in-house at 20th Century Fox Television. The medical procedural starring Morris Chestnut averages 7.8 million total viewers across multiple platforms and ranks among this season’s top 10 new broadcast dramas among adults under 50.
From Temple Hill Entertainment, Todd Harthan created Rosewood and executive produces alongside Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen.
“We knew we had something special with Lucifer, from the engaging performances of Tom, Lauren and the rest of the charismatic cast, to Len Wiseman’s visually stunning look of the show and the amazing storytelling savvy of the Bruckheimer team,” said Fox Entertainment president David Madden. “With Rosewood, creator Todd Harthan has put a fresh, playful spin on the procedural format, infusing it with wit and warmth, while Morris, Jaina and the show’s gifted supporting cast have turned in fantastic performances. We look forward to two stand-out sophomore seasons from both series.”
Despite having a larger pilot crop than last season (19 vs. 15), Fox — like NBC, CBS, ABC and The CW — is bringing back a large number of returning series. Also set to return next season at the network are Bob’s Burgers, Bones (for a shortened final season), Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, Gotham, The Last Man on Earth and staple The Simpsons. Remaining on the bubble are New Girl, Sleepy Hollow and the rest of the freshman class that includes comedies Grandfathered and The Grinder as well as Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life and drama Second Chance. The latter duo are not expected to return, and Minority Report has already effectively been canceled. Sources tell THR that talks are underway to bring back Sleepy Hollow.
Keep up with all the renewals, cancellations and new series pickups with THR’s handy scorecard.
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