I recently had the distinct privilege of a Q & A with writer and Showrunner Joe Henderson. He’s worked on the show Lucifer since episode two. The show’s creator is Tom Kapinos and executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer has been backing it from day one.
There are 13 episodes in its opening season. Before production began they had five episodes written with a sixth draft ready to go.
I was curious how the episodes came together and what the writing process looked like. Joe painted me a picture that fulfilled every query I had.
“It’s actually a total collaboration between all of our writers within our writing room.”
How did he get his start writing for television?
“After eight years of keeping my nose to the grindstone, knocking on doors, writing a sample for Dexter and a pilot, it finally paid off. My first opportunity came with the TV series White Collar, then Graceland, followed by Almost Human.”
Joe told me good writing is rewriting and it takes approximately 10 scripts before you finally gain an understanding of writing a screenplay.
He prefers writing for TV because it gives him more creative control.
The series Lucifer started taping in June and finished in January. Five other characters that propel the story forward are Chloe’s daughter Trixie, played by Scarlett Estevez, Mazikeen, played by Leslie-Anne Brandt, Amenadial, played by D.B. Woodside, detective Dan, played by Kevin Alejandro, and Linda, played by Rachael Harris.