After three season that felt like it had more drama and intrigue taking place behind the scenes than in front of the camera, FOX has finally pulled the plug on the embattled Lethal Weapon. The news comes as FOX announces series pick-ups and cancellations as part of the May 2019 Upfronts cycle: having picked up four (possibly five) new dramas, there was speculation that Lethal Weapon wouldn't make the renewal cut (joining The Passage, which was also cancelled today).
To say that production on Lethal Weapon has been problematic would be an understatement, beginning with the firing of original co-lead Clayne Crawford in Spring 2018 over accusations connected with his on-set behavior. The series appeared to be on an upswing when Seann William Scott joined the cast as the new co-lead, but then co-lead Damon Wayans shocked the set by announcing that he was leaving the series after the first 13 episodes of the third season. Wayans would later sign off on three additional episodes, and was reportedly considering coming back if the series was renewed – a decision he no longer has to concern himself with as of today.
LETHAL WEAPON combines action and drama with friendship and humor, as it follows DETECTIVE MURTAUGH (Damon Wayans) and his colleagues in the LAPD – CAPTAIN AVERY (Kevin Rahm), SCORSESE (Johnathan Fernandez) and DETECTIVE BAILEY (Michelle Mitchenor) – working a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles.
Entering its third season, LETHAL WEAPON introduces Seann William Scott (the "American Pie" franchise) as DETECTIVE WESLEY COLE, a former international CIA operative who has been everywhere and seen everything. Cole will find himself navigating a new partnership with Murtaugh, as he adjusts to life in Los Angeles.
The series also follows Murtaugh's family, including his wife, TRISH (Keesha Sharp), and children, ROGER MURTAUGH, JR. (Dante Brown) and RIANA MURTAUGH (Chandler Kinney).
LETHAL WEAPON is a production of Warner Bros. Television in association with Rideback (formerly Lin Pictures) and Good Session Productions. Matt Miller, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz, Bill Callahan and Alex Taub serve as executive producers.