Every year there’s one new show that just doesn’t sit well with advocacy groups, and in particular, with One Million Angry Moms — a group that wants to “clean up” questionable segments and morals in the media. In the past few years alone the group has taken up issue with the likes of Glee, Dracula, Beauty and the Beast and Naked and Afraid.
This season, it looks as though incoming drama Lucifer is the subject of the group’s anger. At time of press, more than 15,000 people have signed the petition to take the show off the air, before an episode has even aired. The reason? Aside from the series showcasing a bored devil (Tom Ellis) coming to Earth to run a nightclub and help the LAPD solve crimes, a preview that was released “depicts graphic acts of violence, a nightclub featuring scantily-clad women and a demon.”
So how does Ellis respond to these protestors?
“Well not directly!” he joked to The Loop last Thursday during CTV’s annual upfront presentation, in which the upcoming fall TV schedule was announced. “It’s an interesting one, because I grew up in the church. My dad is a Baptist pastor. And his reaction to me getting this job is the reaction I would hope most people would have, which is, ‘That’s fantastic.'”
Still, it was no surprise to Ellis that the pilot, which borders on a dark comedy thanks to the glib demeanour and situational comedy involving the main character, has been igniting this conversation.
It’s fun, it’s not throwing up religious debate,” Ellis added. “People who are commenting on the show haven’t even seen it. I would be naïve to think in a country like America that there wouldn’t be opposition to it given the history of the country and the bible belt that runs through the middle of it. But people have got remote controls. They don’t have to watch it. They can watch something else.”
The Wales native maintains he’s not looking for a religious debate, but thought that Neil Gaiman, the writer of the Sandman comics on which the Lucifer character is based summed it up perfectly on his Tumblr account.
So what WOULD Ellis add to that?
“Just that, anyone from any religious fanatic group, please don’t shoot me!”
Lucifer is schedule to debut in early 2015 on CTV and Fox.