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‘Lucifer’ and more shows that got a second life on streaming services


The trend of streaming services rescuing canceled network and cable shows may not be as hot as it once was. But it’s happened enough times to keep fans hoping. Here are some notable examples of canceled shows that got a second life, thanks to streaming services.

“Longmire”: The modern-day Western was canceled by A&E in 2014, after three seasons. It was then picked up by Netflix, where three more seasons followed. The series ended in 2017.

“The Mindy Project”: Mindy Kaling’s comedy ran for five seasons on Fox, which canceled the series in 2015. Hulu stepped up, and streamed a sixth, and final season, in 2017.

“Lucifer”: A fantasy starring Tom Ellis as the Devil, who comes to spend some time on Earth, ran for three seasons on Fox before the network canceled it, in 2018. Netflix picked up the show, and “Lucifer” has been a popular series on the streamer, in its fourth and fifth seasons. The show will return for a sixth and final season, in September.

“Designated Survivor”: Kiefer Sutherland starred in this political drama, which ran for two seasons on ABC before being canceled, in 2018. Netflix once again rode to the rescue, and ordered a third season, which turned out to be the last one.

“The Expanse”: The sci-fi drama ran for three seasons on Syfy, which canceled it in 2018. Amazon Prime Video picked up the series, and streamed a fourth and fifth season. The sixth and final season is expected later this year.

Related: Can streaming services like Netflix ‘save’ canceled TV shows? It’s complicated

— Kristi Turnquist

kturnquist@oregonian.com 503-221-8227 @Kristiturnquist





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