Bloody Friday: ‘Lucifer,’ ‘Designated Survivor’ get the ax ahead of TV upfronts

Tom Ellis stars as Lucifer, the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, LUCIFE
Tom Ellis starred as the title character in “Lucifer,” which was canceled Friday by Fox after three seasons on the network.
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“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was just the beginning.

A day after Fox caused a social media uproar by canceling the Andy Samberg cop comedy after five seasons, several more fan favorites got the ax. Among the casualties were Fox’s devilish “Lucifer” and ABC’s presidential drama “Designated Survivor.”

The cancellations were announced ahead of next week’s annual upfront presentations to advertisers, where broadcast networks unveil their new shows, new stars and new schedules for the 2018-19 TV season.

Although more and more shows are getting “final farewell seasons” rather than an unceremonious boot out the door, not every series is so lucky. Thankfully, the Los Angeles Times has devised a list to help viewers keep track of all of Friday’s cancellations and reactions from talent.



“Alex, Inc.,” ABC

The Zach Braff podcast comedy will not return for a second season.

“The Brave,” NBC

One of three military dramas ordered for the 2017-18 season, the series won’t return for a sophomore outing.

“The Crossing,” ABC

The midseason mystery drama was canceled after one season.


“Deception,” ABC

This midseason entry followed a Las Vegas magician who, after a scandal ruins his career, becomes a consulting illionist for the FBI.

“Designated Survivor,” ABC

The Kiefer Sutherland drama about a lower-level cabinet member who becomes president of the United States after a deadly attack during the State of the Union address ran for two seasons.

“The Exorcist,” Fox

The horror anthology series based on the book and the film of the same name lasted two seasons.

“Great News,” NBC

The workplace comedy from executive producer Tina Fey will not return for a third season.

“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” ABC

This first-year light drama starred Jason Ritter as a man who is tasked with saving the world by a celestial being.


“Lucifer,” Fox

The drama, based on the comic book of the same name, was canceled after three seasons. Like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on Thursday, “Lucifer” began trending on Twitter shortly after news of its demise broke and continued trending for several hours afterward.

    “Quantico,” ABC

    Despite a Season 3 retooling, the drama starring Priyanka Chopra won’t return for a fourth season.

    “Rise,” NBC

    Billed as “Friday Night Lights” the series meets “Glee,” the drama about a high school theater program was canceled after one season.


    “Taken,” NBC

    The TV adaptation of the hit Liam Neeson film franchise was canceled after two seasons.