As the Coronavirus outbreak intensifies, Warner Bros. TV, the producers of the hit TV-drama Lucifer, have announced the stoppage of production until further notice.
The coronavirus pandemic has pretty much been destroying everything in its wake over the last three months with the latest addition to it being the Warner Bros.- Netflix series Lucifer. According to a report on TV Line, the production of Lucifer Season 5 has been halted as the US government has decided to put a stop to normal day-to-day activities across the country. The news would mean millions of Deckerstars/Lucifans out there will have to wait for a few more months to see their favorite characters don their roles on the small screen.
The report reveals that Warner Bros TV has decided to postpone the shooting and post-production work "until further notice". The report also sheds light on the shooting schedule and says that Season 5 was almost finished filming. This latest update occurs as Netflix and Warner Bros. TV were gridlocked discussing whether to renew the series for a Season 6 on not, with reports on the issue still remaining inconclusive.
In an official statement, Warner Bros TV. said: "With the rapidly changing events related to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, Warner Bros. Television Group is halting production on some of our 70+ series and pilots currently filming or about to begin. There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on any of our productions, but the health and safety of our employees, casts and crews remains our top priority. During this time, we will continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control as well as local officials and public health professionals in each city where our productions are based."
The show features Tom Ellis as the charming Lucifer Morningstar/Devil, Lauren German as Detective Chloe Decker, D.B. Woodside as Amenadiel, Kevin Alejandro as Detective Daniel Espinoza, Rachel Harris as Linda Martin, Lesley Ann-Brandt as Mazikeen Smith, and Aimee Garcia as Ella Lopez while Tricia Helfer appears as a recurring character. Lucifer is based on the DC/Vertigo comics character of the same name created by Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg, and Sam Kieth and premiered on Fox in 2016 before being canceled after just three seasons as viewership fell over its three-season TV run.
Netflix saw a huge potential to increase its viewer base and brought the show back for the fourth season last year to continue the 'Devil on earth' saga. Based on the response for the season, Lucifer was then renewed for a fifth season, which according to sources, will be split into two eight-episode parts with a brief break in between.
Lucifer isn't the only series affected by the cancellation of production work either. Other popular Warner Bros. series as The Flash, which was being filmed for its sixth season, and Supergirl, which again was in the works for a season 6, have ceased to shoot.