While Fox has made most of its renewal and cancellation decisions already, Lethal Weapon's fate has been up in the air. It has now been renewed for a third season.
It was announced recently that series star, Clayne Crawford had been fired after two years as one of the co-leads.
The news broke in the aftermath of rumors of unrest on the set due to Crawford's behavior.
The producers have been frantically searching for a replacement for Crawford as the drama awaited the formal pickup at Fox for Season 3.
American Pie's Seann William Scott has been added to the cast to lead the series alongside Damon Wayans.
Scott will play a new character who will be partnered with Wayon's Murtaugh and will NOT be a replacement for Riggs, who we can now assume will either die after his terrible plight during Lethal Weapon Season 2 Episode 22 or exit in some other way.
Warner Bros. has finally confirmed Crawford's departure after days of staying quiet about what was going on behind the scenes.
When rumors swirled, Crawford released the following statement:
It is true that I have been reprimanded twice during the past two seasons of ‘Lethal Weapon.’ The first reprimand was because I reacted with anger over working conditions that did not feel safe or conducive to good work under the leadership of a guest director and assistant director, who, in turn, were angry at my response.
I met with human resources, I apologized for my part of the conflict, and I completed studio appointed therapy in October. I even shared a sizeable portion of my paycheck with one of the parties involved, per the instruction of the studio.
The second reprimand happened just a few weeks ago during the episode I was directing. An actor on set felt unsafe because a piece of shrapnel from an effect hit him.
It was an unfortunate event that happened in spite of all precautions and procedures being followed. I take responsibility for the incident, because I was in charge of the set.
I absolutely love, respect, and care for my crew and cast and would never intentionally jeopardize so many jobs.
Moreover, I love the process of filmmaking and television. I appreciate and respect the work of everyone involved.
It takes a village, and I am incredibly sorry if my passion for doing good work has ever made anyone feel less than comfortable on set or feel less than celebrated for their efforts.
Furthermore, I apologize to all the crew and cast for any negative attention ‘Lethal Weapon’ is receiving because of these incidents.
I take great pride in treating everyone in life with dignity and kindness. I am very grateful for my job, and I work extremely hard at it.
I have a responsibility to do good work for my coworkers, my family, and my home state, and most especially for the fans. I hope they will stick with me and stick with the show.
While show's future has been limbo, now that the casting is complete, there's every reason to believe that the network will renew the show.
This means that Gotham will likely join Lucifer as the network's latest big cancelation.
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