When Lucifer executive producers Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich sat down to talk to the reporters at Comic-Con yesterday, they had to know that the first question was going to be about casting Tom Welling as a possible love interest for Lauren German's Detective Chloe Decker — someone to get Tom Ellis' Lucifer Morningstar a bit worked up.
Welling is playing police lieutenant Marcus Pierce, who has all of Lucifer's good traits and none of his bad. This will be Welling's first return to television as a series regular since his 10-year run on Smallville as Clark Kent. They believe the reason they were able to land Welling is that Pierce is definitely not mild-mannered. He's got an edge, a chip on his shoulder…something very different from what we've seen Welling play in the past.
Henderson explains that part of what makes the show work is that they take these characters that could easily hate each other — like Lucifer and Dan or Chloe and Mazi — and put them in a room and make them find a connection. It's a way to see how the characters grow, which plays into the series theme of duality — the light and dark in everyone.
They use Mazi as the example of how she could just be a demon that wants to hurt and torture people…yet they put her in a friendship with Linda and it turned into something sweet and endearing. And it helps that they have a cast that humanizes everything. It was something they really wanted to do in the second season: pair people that wouldn't normally come together, like Dan and Amenadiel. Or in the premiere episode we'll get to see Ella and Amenadiel together…and its more than just a fun scene, it's a scene that sounds like it might put Amenadiel back on the right path.
Lucifer returns October 2nd on Fox.