‘Exorcist,’ ‘Lethal Weapon,’ and ‘Pitch’ Get Fox Series Orders

Clayne Crawford
Clayne Crawford will star in ‘Lethal Weapon’

Fox is moving forward on a wide variety of new shows including television adaptations of The Exorcist and Lethal Weapon. The network’s confirmed they’ve ordered The Exorcist, Lethal Weapon, APB, Pitch, Making History, and The Mick. The dramas outnumber the comedies four to two in this round of series orders, with the new batch joining previously announced series orders for 24: Legacy and Star.

The Exorcist is set to star Geena Davis, Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Brianne Howey, Hannah Kasulka, Kurt Egyiawan, and Alan Ruck. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is on board to direct and executive produce. The horror series is written by Jeremy Slater who also executive produces with Rolin Jones, James Robinson, Barbara Wall, and David Robinson. The plot: A modern reinvention inspired by William Blatty’s original 1971 book, The Exorcist is a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.

Inspired by the Lethal Weapon movies, the Lethal Weapon series stars Clayne Crawford as Martin Riggs and Damon Wayans, Sr. as Roger, police partners who patrol Los Angeles. Matt Miller writes and executive produces along with director McG. Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz also executive produce.

The new police drama APB will star Justin Kirk, Natalie Martinez, Eric Winter, Ernie Hudson, Taylor Handley, Tamberla Perry, and Caitlin Stasey. The dramatic series inspired by true events comes from writer/executive producer Matt Nix and director/executive producer Len Wiseman. The plot: APB is about the Chicago Police Department spiraling out of control amid sky-high crime, officer-involved shootings, cover-ups and corruption. After witnessing a violent crime first-hand, genius tech billionaire Gideon Reeves (Justin Kirk), decides to do something about it, putting up millions of dollars of his own money to take over the troubled 13th Precinct and reboot it as a private police force: better, faster and smarter than anything seen before. With cutting-edge technology and revolutionary new ideas, Gideon plans to rethink everything about the way cops fight crime.

Dan Fogelman, Rick Singer, and Paris Barclay team up on Pitch, a dramatic series starring Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Larter, Mark Consuelos, Dan Lauria, Michael Beach, and Bob Balaban. Bunbury plays Ginny Baker, “a beautiful, tough and incredibly gifted athlete who instantly becomes the most famous person in the country when she’s called up by the San Diego Padres, making her the first woman to play Major League Baseball.”

The single-camera comedy Making History comes from The Lego Movie team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller as well as writer Julius Sharpe and Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess. Leighton Meester, Adam Pally, and Yassir Lester are attached to star. The plot: Making History chronicles three friends from two different centuries as they try to balance the thrill of time travel with the mundane concerns of their present-day lives. Two shows in one, it’s both a rollicking historical adventure, and a contemporary comedy about love, friendship and trying to fit in to an increasingly complex and impersonal world.

Kaitlin Olson, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Thomas Barbusca, Jack Stanton, Carla Jimenez, and Susan Park star in John Chernin and Dave Chernin’s The Mick. The single camera comedy is also executive produced by Nick Frenkel, Oly Obst, and Randall Einhorn. The plot: Mackenzie “THE MICK” Murphy (Kaitlin Olson) is a brash, blue collar, two-bit hustler who has spent her entire life gaming the system and shirking any semblance of responsibility. But when her estranged sister and billionaire brother-in-law flee the country to escape federal charges, the opulent, care-free life Mickey has always envied is finally within reach… But there is one minor catch: she must assume custody of her sister’s three rich, entitled, high-maintenance children.