The latest geek TV news roundup has some good news and some bad news for genre shows.Deadline. Unfortunately, cult favorite Lucifer wasn’t so lucky. The series based on the character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg will not continue after season 3 (via Deadline).
The Robinson family will be Lost in Space for a second season. Netflix renewed the show, which had 3.16 million viewers on day of release according to Nielsen. It’s the third highest premiere behind Stranger Things season 2 and Bright reports Deadline. The release date for Lost in Space season 2 is yet to be announced. The cast includes Toby Stephens (Black Sails) as the Robinson family patriarch and indie queen Parker Posey as the nefarious Dr. Smith (see "'Star Trek: Discovery,' 'Vampire Chronicles,' 'Lost in Space,' 'Happy'"). Molly Parker (House of Cards), Maxwell Jenkins (Sense8), Mina Sundwall, Taylor Russell (Falling Skies), and Ignacio Serricchio (Bones) round out the main cast.
Syfy won’t be expanding The Expanse into a fourth season. The current season of the critically acclaimed space opera (see “'The Expanse' Season 3 Trailer”) will be the last for the network as reported by Deadline. The cancellation is reportedly due to Syfy’s rights deal for the series, which relies heavily on live viewing ratings, a challenging arrangement for genre TV. Alcon Television Group, which finances and produces the series, will be looking for other opportunities for the series. Regardless of its TV fate, the property will live on in the novels from James S.A, Corey, games (see “'The Expanse RPG' Debuts at Gen Con” and "'The Expanse Board Game'"), and comics (see "'The Expanse' OGN").
Sci-fi and crime procedural mashup iZombie got an 11th hour renewal for a fifth season on the CW. The network is also ordering a new series reboot of an older WB property in the form of Charmed (via The Wrap). The Charmed reboot will follow the basic formula of the original series, following the supernatural battles of three sister witches. The popular first iteration of the series, which starred Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Rose McGowan, ran eight seasons through 2006, and Dynamite has been putting out a steady stream of Charmed comics since (see “'Charmed' Manga, 'Altered Carbon' GN, 'Vampirella Tarot Deck,' & 'Librarians' Art Book”). CW had previously announced the renewal of its DC and Archie series (see “The CW Renews Comic Book and Geek Shows”).
The live action Star Wars TV series will be set about seven years after the events of Return of the Jedi, putting it firmly between the fall of the Empire and the rise of the First Order. Writer-director Jon Favreau revealed this detail during a red carpet interview with The Nerdist’s Dan Casey at the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Favreau also disclosed that he had written about four scripts for the series before it was picked up, and it will star an all-new cast of characters. The series is being developed for Disney’s new over-the-top platform (see “Disney Plans Live-Action 'Star Wars' TV Series”)First Movie Deal for New Publisher's Titles”) reports Deadline. The adaptation will be scripted by Black Panther co-writer Joe Robert Cole as a potential starring vehicle for Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther, Fahrenheit 451). Jordan and Alana Mayo of Outlier Society Productions and Desanto would produce. In the comics, John Ravane thought he had eliminated the last nanotech-enhanced supersoldier only to learn a decade later that sleeper agents are scattered around the country. Jordan will decide whether he will star after the script is completed.