After clashes on set between star Clayne Crawford and Wayans, Crawford was sacked - and the show was in jeopardy.
Fox on Sunday renewed Lethal Weapon for a third season, with Seann William Scott (American Pie) filling the void created by Crawford's dismissal and joining the drama in a new role opposite Damon Wayans. Producers were left to scramble to find a new actor to replace Crawford in the two-hander, with multiple stars passing on offers to join the Fox show until Scott engaged. My heart is full.
With Wayans and Scott as new leading duo, Lethal Weapon has been renewed for a third season about 24 hours before Fox is slated to unveil its fall 2018 schedule to advertisers at its upfront presentation.
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FOX has chose to renew its action drama series Lethal Weapon for a third season, but it's not exactly that cut and dry.
Crawford's behavior had left Lethal Weapon - one of Fox's better-performing dramas - on the bubble as many connected with the series (including, Wayans, sources note) have said they would rather not work with the actor. The news is now in from Fox and there's good and bad news for fans of the show. Their reaction comes after Warner Bros. chose to replace Clayne Crawford and replace him with American Pie star, Seann William Scott.
"Seann is a fantastic addition to this already awesome cast. Lethal Weapon is packed with action, drama and pure fun and we can't wait to see Damon and Seann together on screen".
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Besides "American Pie", Scott's credits include "Road Trip", "Role Models", "The Dukes of Hazzard", "The Rundown" and "Dude, Where's My Car?". Based on the film series starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, Lethal Weapon is averaging more than 8 million viewers on multi-platform viewing. Television, the studio simply said in a statement, "Warner Bros".
The action drama is executive produced by Matt Miller, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz and McG. "I hear the issue has escalated to a point where other actors as well as crew on Lethal Weapon would feel uncomfortable being on set with him".
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