Lucifer series

While Constantine recently got the ax from NBC, another character from the darker side of DC’s universe has been picked up to series. The Lucifer series got the nod for a season order this weekend, as did another unrelated and potentially more promising project: the Minority Report TV series. We’ve got more info and the trailers for both below.

Both series will air on Fox. Lucifer reportedly doesn’t yet have a showrunner set, though it does a pilot scripted by Tom Kapinos (Californication) and directed by Len Wiseman, with Kapinos busy enough on another project that he won’t oversee this series.

Tom Ellis stars as the title character, who is “bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell.” So Lucifer “resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals.”

The show’s cast also includes Lauren GermanRachael HarrisDB WoodsideLesley-Ann Brandt, Nicholas Gonzalez and Scarlett Estevez. Kapinos and Wiseman are exec producers, and the project is from Warner Bros. TV, DC Comics and Jerry Bruckheimer Television.

Here’s the Lucifer trailer, which gives you a good idea of how the First Fallen will solve crime. It’s for the pilot. Be gentle. Or don’t. I’m not sure it deserves “gentle.”

Deadline reports that the final thumbs-up on the Minority Report series was “the ultimate seal of approval from [Steven] Spielberg,” who directed the film on which the series is based. (The show is also from his company Amblin TV. Deadline reports that Spielberg took an exec producer credit on the show, which is basically his stamp of quality. So we’ll see how that works.

Mark Mylod directed the pilot from a script by Max Borenstein (Godzilla), who also serves as exec producer. Kevin Falls is showrunner.

Minority Report is directly connected to the feature film, and is set 10 years after the end of Pre-crime in DC, when one of the three Pre-cogs struggles to lead a “normal” human life, but remains haunted by visions of the future, when he meets a detective who just may help him find a purpose to his gift.” The cast features Meagan GoodStark SandsWilmer ValderramaDaniel LondonLaura ReganLi Jun Li and Zhane Hall.

Here’s the Minority Report trailer, which does a much better job of selling the show, if only because the show may already be more coherent.

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