There’s now one less new series to worry about as Fox has confirmed Lethal Weapon will stick around for a full first season. The network’s ordered five additional episodes for the show’s first season, upping the number of one-hour episodes to 18. Season one is currently airing on Wednesday nights at 8pm ET/PT and stars Clayne Crawford, Damon Wayans, Dante Brown, Kevin Rahm, Jordana Brewster, Keesha Sharp, Chandler Kinney, and Jonathan Fernandez.
“Lethal Weapon delivers an explosive and wildly entertaining core relationship between two cops, with dynamic performances by Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford, surrounded by cinematic action, endearing humor and true heart,” said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Matt Miller, McG, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz have done a tremendous job on this show, which has proven to be a self-starter and solid companion for EMPIRE. We are thrilled to add these episodes to Lethal Weapon’s first season.”
According to Fox, Lethal Weapon pulled in the network’s highest fall premiere ratings of the past two years. Its premiere was watched by 12.4 million viewers and the show’s been averaging 11.5 million viewers, making it the #3 new dramatic series of the 2016-2017 season. The series is executive produced by Matt Miller, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz, and McG.
The Plot: Combining action and drama with ride-or-die friendship and humor, Lethal Weapon reimagines the hit movie franchise, as it follows classic cop duo Riggs (Crawford) and Murtaugh (Wayans), who work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. Grief-stricken after the loss of his young wife and unborn child, ex-Navy SEAL-turned-detective Martin Riggs moves to California to “start over” at the LAPD. He’s paired up with Roger Murtaugh, who’s just coming back to the job after a near-fatal heart attack. Riggs’ penchant for diving headfirst into the line of fire immediately clashes with Murtaugh’s prudent, by-the-book technique. One has everything to live for, the other has nothing to lose.