‘Lethal Weapon’ is an American buddy cop action comedy–drama television series that airs on Fox. The show first premiered on September 21, 2016. For those unaware, it is based on the popular film franchise of the same name that focused on two LAPD detectives, Martin Riggs, played by Mel Gibson, and Robert Murtaugh played by Danny Glover. The balance between the caution of Murtaugh and the recklessness of Riggs made their partnership and the films extremely memorable, and one of the most important additions from Hollywood to have come to pop culture. The entire film franchise and the show have been created by Shane Black. Good Session Productions and Lin Pictures are backing the project, which has Kelly Van Horn as its producer. Matt Miller, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz, and McG are on board as executive producers.
The show has had a rocky history regarding its cast. Ultimately, the iconic Murtaugh-Riggs duo was replaced with Murtaugh and Wesely Cole. The show has received mixed reviews overall, and is on shaky ground, partly because it has the iconic films as its predecessors and has to live up to a higher set of expectations. The Hollywood Reporter minced no words when it spoke unflatteringly about the series, saying, “Lethal Weapon is ridiculous and predictable, a super familiar story with new leads reminding you of old leads, and modern personalities that are really dated personalities. It’s a copy of [a] copy of a copy [THR taking a cue from ‘Fight Club‘] and praying for something fresh out of that is, well, pretty ridiculous.”.
Lethal Weapon Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Lethal Weapon’ has Damon Wayans playing the role of Roger Murtaugh, while Clayne Crawford appears as Martin Riggs a Navy-SEAL turned police officer from El Paso in Texas. While the two formed a good partnership initially, the woes soon began for ‘Lethal Weapon’. Deadline reported in April 2018, that Crawford had displayed unprofessional behavior on set. This was corroborated later by the actor himself, and he was fired from the show, altering the original course of ‘Lethal Weapon’ forever. Vulture has a detailed timeline of the Crawford fiasco for those interested. To cover up this snafu, the show decided to kill off Riggs and replaced him with another character Wesley Cole, played by Seann William Scott. For those unfamiliar with the franchise, Cole’s character is based on the story arc between Riggs and his love interest Lorna Cole, played by Rene Russo, in the movies.
This was in no way the end of the cast woes for the show. Although the Cole-Murtaugh buddy cop vibes were quite heavy, Wayans dropped a bombshell of his own, when he announced that he would be leaving the show, citing long filming hours and personal reasons. However, Charlie Collier, Fox Entertainment Chairman, has commented that Wayans could return and potentially continue working if adjustments were made to alleviate the burden that came with long filming hours, as Deadline reported.
Other characters include Keesha Sharp as Trish Murtaugh, Jordana Brewster as Dr. Maureen Cahill, and Captain Brooks Avery played by Kevin Rahm. Johnathan Fernandez plays the role of Bernard Scorsese, Chandler Kinney plays Riana Murtaugh and Dante Brown is seen as RJ Murtaugh Jr.