If you don’t know what the #SaveLucifer movement is, then you’ve probably been living under a rock. Every fan dreams of their favorite show lasting forever.
Unfortunately, unless you’re riding the Supernatural train, cancellations happen left, right and center. But when the Fox show Lucifer was canceled, something amazing happened.
What is Lucifer?
Based on the comics by Neil Gaiman, Lucifer follows the story of the devil, played by Tom Ellis, who abandons hell in order to take a vacation in sunny LA. There he meets Chloe Decker (Lauren German), a detective who works for the LAPD.
The two form a partnership that even God himself can’t shake.
How #SaveLucifer Began
On the 11th of May 2018, the TV network Fox canceled Lucifer after only three seasons. The cast took to social media to express their deep sadness at the cancellation.
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
I’d like to thank our fans for always watching, encouraging, cheering, laughing and crying with us on #Lucifer. It’s been a rich, beautiful, wild, heartfelt and fulfilling ride. Thank you from the bottom of my grateful heart. We love you all. 💌
The cast and crew may have spoken prematurely, however, because something no-one accounted for was the passion of the LuciFans. As soon as the news broke, they took to Twitter to pour their hearts out to the world.
Within a few hours, it was clear to see that this wasn’t initial anger that would fizzle out. This wasn’t just sadness. This was pure, unadulterated outrage. The LuciFans were a machine. There was some deliberation about hashtags. Should it have been #Lucifer? #RenewLucifer? Together, they decided on the hashtags #SaveLucifer and #PickUpLucifer and began to tweet.
#SaveLucifer reached one million tweets within a couple of days. The hashtags were already getting on, average, 1,000 – 4,000 tweets per hour. It trended globally within a night. Everyone was blown away by the response.
I’ve just been trying to tweet my thanks about your overwhelming response and I can’t because my twitter keeps crashing on my phone. #lucifer is trending #1 worldwide.😳 😈
When the showstopping finale, A Devil of my Word, aired, #SaveLucifer and #PickUpLucifer trended worldwide again. Lucifer’s cast and writers live-tweeted the episode. By the time the credits rolled everyone was thinking the same thing: it can’t be the end! People who don’t usually use Twitter were jumping on the bandwagon, desperate to save the show.
The Weeks After That
LuciFans awaited eagerly for news of their beloved show. Actors and showrunners remained positive, explaining that talks were happening, urging them not to lose hope, and to keep using the hashtags.
In a recent appearance at MCM Comic Con London last weekend, Tom Ellis stated that
“The hashtag #SaveLucifer and the hashtag #PickupLucifer […] has snowballed so massively, it has made discussions happen. And it has made serious talks happen. I really really hope that we find a new home for it.”
The fans clearly listened to Tom because on just Monday night, when Fox aired two bonus episodes of Lucifer, ‘Boo Normal’ and ‘Once Upon A Time’, #SaveLucifer smashed through the worldwide trends once again.
The fans can’t be left like this, not after what might be the biggest Twitter takeover in TV history. Shows are axed all the time for wavering ratings and yet the passion and the dedication of the fans speaks volumes. Even now, they continue to tweet. They continue to make noise. But is it enough?
In the words of Tom Ellis,
“Put some positivity out there ’cause I feel like we’ve got this.”