Damon Wayans’ Fox show “Lethal Weapon” may not return for a third season – and it has nothing to do with ratings (which, btw, are solid).
According to Deadline, the issue involves alleged disruptive on-set behavior from Wayans’ co-lead, Clayne Crawford.
Via Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva:
I have learned that Crawford has had a history of bad behavior on the show, and that he has been disciplined several times over complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment. 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. The problem is threatening the future of the show, with a recasting — a rare and dramatic move when involving a lead of an established series — being explored. Fox and Warner Bros TV declined comment.
“Lethal Weapon,” produced by Warner Bros TV and Lin Pictures, is based on the film franchise launched by leads Mel Gibson (as Navy Seal Martin Riggs) and Danny Glover (as LAPD Cop Roger Murtaugh).
According to Andreeva, the casting of Wayans, who plays Murtaugh in Fox’s version, had been instrumental in helping Matt Miller’s pilot script land a green light in February 2016. Crawford was added later following a lengthy search.
Season-to-date, “Lethal Weapon” is averaging a 1.7 most current rating among adults 18-49 and 6.9 million total viewers. In multi-platform average audience, “Lethal Weapon” averages 8.7 million (+105% vs. Live+Same Day), and is Fox’s No. 2 returning drama behind “Empire,” according to Deadline.
The show is placing among the season’s top 20 broadcast dramas among men 18-49 and top 10 with men 18-34. It also over-indexes in African-American homes (165 index) and ranks among the season’s top 15 broadcast dramas among African-American adults 18-49.
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