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Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” reboot has the unenviable task of following four iconic movies and two of the most memorable cinematic performances in decades, but the executive producers are confident that the performances of Clayne Crawford as Martin Riggs and Damon Wayans as Roger Murtaugh will make viewers forget all about Mel Gibson and Danny Glover while they’re watching.
At the Television Critics Association summer press tour, showrunner Matt Miller recalled sitting down with Richard Donner, who directed the four “Lethal Weapon” films, to get his blessing on the project. After hearing the pitch, Donner approved of the idea, Miller said, but warned, “If you don’t have the guys, you’re screwed.” That was a lesson the producers took to heart. “Two guys played these roles really, really famously. Finding actors who not only have chemistry but can make you forget about those guys was really a challenge,” Miller »
- Laura Prudom
Move over Mel Gibson, there’s a new Riggs in town.
Fox’s upcoming Lethal Weapon series, based on the ’80s movie franchise of the same name, stars Clayne Crawford (Rectify) as Martin Riggs and Damon Wayans (My Wife and Kids) as Roger Murtaugh. The drama, which follows an unconventional cop with a death wish (Riggs) after he is partnered with a high-strung, traditional detective and family man (Murtaugh), is set to premiere Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 8/7c.
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Back in October, we reported that Fox is developing a new TV series based on the 1987 action classic Lethal Weapon, which Warner Bros. Television is producing. The project was picked up with a cast contingency, meaning the pilot's development would hinge on who was cast. Today, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Damon Wayans Sr. has been cast as Roger Murtaugh, lifting the cast contingency and clearing the way for Fox to formally issue a pilot order for the potential series.
The pilot will be based on the Lethal Weapon movie series, which starred Mel Gibson as the maverick Martin Riggs and Danny Glover as his rule-abiding partner, Roger Murtaugh. The hour-long series is expected to follow the same general plot as the movies, but there will be a few differences with the main characters. Here's the official description of the pilot below.
"When Texas cop and former Navy Seal Martin »
Things are poised to get lethal on Fox. The network has ordered its Lethal Weapon TV remake to pilot with Damon Wayans as your new Roger Murtaugh. Danny Glover played the part in the original movies. The pilot, a one-hour drama, hails from executive producers Matt Miller, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz and McG. McG will direct a script from Miller. Mel Gibson's role in the film, Martin Riggs, has yet to be cast for the series. Wayans' other TV credits include My Wife and Kids, In Living Color and Damon. »
A couple of weeks ago, I noted that New Girl had evolved into such an ensemble comedy that it would be just fine during Zooey Deschanel's six-episode maternity leave. So far, we've had two episodes — both of them, like the last few with Deschanel, filmed immediately after production on last season wrapped, so the show could get them done before they lost the star for a while — just featuring the remaining castmembers (plus guests like Fred Armisen, Bill Burr, and Lennon Parham), but the remainder of Deschanel's absence will revolve around the introduction of a temporary addition to the loft: Reagan, a pharmaceutical sales rep played by Megan Fox. Fox has some comedy on her resume, so it's not a complete surprise that she works out quite well in the two episodes I've seen with her. But it's a significant change in the show's usual dynamics, since Reagan is »
- Alan Sepinwall
5 items from 2016
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