Even the CEO of the Underworld could use a break once in awhile, so why not vacation in the City of Angels -- Los Angeles? Considering Lucifer was once God's favorite angel before he fell from grace, that makes plenty of sense.
In a trailer released Monday for Fox's upcoming supernatural cop show "Lucifer," we get to see how a real underworld kingpin uses his devilish charm and good looks to help the LAPD solve murders.
Lucifer Morningstar (played by British actor Tom Ellis) has abandoned his throne down under out of boredom to run his posh LA nightclub called Lux, where he entertains himself by romancing beautiful women and playing the piano.
When a pop star is murdered outside of Lux, Lucifer finds himself compelled to punish whomever is responsible. With his talent for getting people to reveal their innermost desires, he helps LAPD homicide detective Chloe Dancer (played by Lauren German) in the search for clues.
Meanwhile, God sends his emissary -- angel Amenadiel (played by D.B. Woodside) -- down to Los Angeles to convince Lucifer to return to hell.
While the show is loosely based characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for the popular "Lucifer" comic series from Vertigo (an imprint of DC Comics), the trailer makes it seem more like "Law & Order: Special Demons Unit" than the original comic.
Lucifer and his loyal demon friend, Mazikeen aka Maze (played by Lesley-Ann Brandt), are both in the comic series, as is his LA piano bar Lux and an angel demanding he return to hell. But the rest of the buddy-cop plot is brand new for the show.
"Californication" creator Tom Kapinos wrote the pilot and Joe Henderson ("White Collar") has signed on as the executive producer and showrunner for "Lucifer," with executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer and "Underworld" director Len Wiseman also onboard.
Perhaps the original "Lucifer" comic book plot of the King of Hell becoming disillusioned with God's rules and trying to bring free will back to humanity was too deep for Fox? Or maybe supernatural themes mixed with cops -- as with "Sleepy Hollow" and "" -- ensures better viewer ratings? Though that same success equation can't be said for "Constantine."
Either way, fans of the comic won't get to see "Lucifer" in action on Fox until 2016.