Remember when so many fans of the Lethal Weapon films series – myself included – were bitching and groaning about FOX adapting the holy grail of buddy-cop action movies into a TV series? I sure do, it wasn’t that long ago. I myself, hated the trailer. I thought it looked like ass. Regarding the cast, despite me being a Damon Wayans fan, I was like: “Homie the Clown as Roger Murtaugh? Oh, hell naw! And who the f**k is Clayne Crawford?”. Yeah, I was very cold towards the idea of a TV reboot. A lot of people – myself included – were like: “Oh, that sh*t’s not gonna last”. Yeah, well guess what?
FOX has granted an early renewal of the Lethal Weapon TV series. That’s right, the show that so many doubted and hated on before its debut will be returning for a second season. The antics of Damon Waynas and Clayne Crawford as Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs will continue to prove us wrong as the duo continues to recklessly solve crimes while making us laugh.
When the series premiered last fall, it debuted with some pretty solid numbers and mixed reviews. After a few airings, FOX ordered five additional episodes from its original thirteen episode order, giving the show a confidence boost, but still leaving it four episodes shy of a full season. As the police procedural marched on, the ratings remained steady, the reviews and fan reactions grew stronger, and is now one of the top five new series of the season with an average of 11 million viewers on multiple platforms. It sure does help when you’re the lead in to FOX’s megahit Empire.
FOX entertainment president Dave Madden released a statement saying: “Lethal Weapon continues to fire on all cylinders. Every week, it delivers a big, fun rollercoaster ride, but also remains touchingly human and genuinely emotional, and that’s due to the chemistry that’s developed not only between Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford, but the entire cast.”
I couldn’t agree more.
In a recent trend with studios – namely Warner Bros. – pumping out television reboots based off popular films from their catalogs, Lethal Weapon has managed to surpass all expectations. Especially when compared to more recent reboots such as Rush Hour (now canceled), The Exorcist (despite positive reviews, it has not been officially canceled, but it’s not likely to return for a second season), Frequency (no official word yet), and the newest of the bunch, Training Day (premiered with negative reviews, and has low ratings by CBS standards… And it really does suck).
I for one am very happy. I was pretty confident the show would get renewed, but it feels so much better to have a confirmation. Guys, this is a really good show. It’s so much fun, it’s sharp, it’s fast paced and at times, pretty emotional. Best thing about it is it’s a reimagining of the film series, not a knock off. While the characters have similar traits from their movie counterparts, the actors in this show manage to create entirely new versions of these iconic characters, making them just as lovable as the originals. I know some people who refuse to watch it because they think a reboot was pointless. That they’re too attached to the films. Look, I get it, bopefully this renewal will set off a spark with people, telling them there’s more to the show than just going off the blueprints of the movies. As for me, I guess I’ll have more reviews to write. Thankfully, the show entertains me so much, and is starting to have plenty of development to the point where I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you guys.
So thank you, FOX. But please, do not move it from its Wednesday 8 P.M. timeslot. The moment you do that is the moment the ratings drop. Just look at Rosewood.