Fox is keeping Lethal Weapon alive, at least for another season.
The television remake of the popular 1980s and 1990s film series starring Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford got that season despite getting a truncated full-season order earlier this year, according to Deadline. Yet, it seems nothing is affecting the stable viewership the series has earned, giving Fox executives the confidence to give it at least another year.
Lethal Weapon is the second early renewal for Fox, picking up Lucifer earlier this month. It’s a show that Fox Entertainment president David Madden told the trade publication in a statement that is firing “on all cylinders.”
“Every week, it delivers a big, fun roller-coaster ride, but also remains touchingly human and genuinely emotional. And that’s due to the chemistry that’s developed not only not between Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford, but the entire cast.”
The series is based on the 1987 film by writer Shane Black and director Richard Donner that starred Danny Glover as Murtaugh and Mel Gibson as Riggs. Black, by the way, is directing The Predator, which is currently filming and set for release in February 2018.
The four Lethal Weapons films over a 21-year period ending in 1998 earned $952.6 million worldwide. The television show is based off the original film about a police detective returning to work after a near-fatal heart attack teaming up with a grief-stricken and suicidal partner looking to “start over” in the Los Angeles Police Department.
Wayans is probably best known for a Fox series that ran the same time as the movie franchise, In Living Color, which earned him four Emmy nominations, as a writer and performer. Crawford’s credits include SundanceTV’s Rectify, FX’s Justified, A&E’s The Glades, and 24 on Fox.
The series, which averages about 11 million viewers across various platforms, airs Wednesdays on Fox.
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