TV INSIDER – Fox crime drama Lethal Weapon, which rebooted the popular film franchise last year into series form, may have shifted from Wednesdays to Tuesdays for Season 2, but as you can see from the just-released key art below, it’s the same lethally fun show.
In the series, Damon Wayans (My Wife and Kids) takes on the role of Detective Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover in the films) while Clayne Crawford (Rectify) puts his own spin on the role of Detective Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson). In their police partnership, Murtaugh is a little more by the book and Riggs likes to push the envelope (which may or may not help with his personal demons), but despite their differences, the pair’s track record for bringing down the bad guys is pretty darn good. The series also stars Jordana Brewster, Keesha Sharp, Kevin Rahm and Johnathan Fernandez.
Earlier this week at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, series creator Matt Miller said Riggs’ personal demons—much of which have to do with the death of his wife at the start of the series—won’t go away in the second season.
“We never really want a healthy Riggs,” he said. “What happens [in season 2] is he gets over the loss of his wife but what we come to realize is that the problems with this guy run much deeper. So we start to get deep, deep, deep in his backstory that has made him the kind of broken guy that he is today.”
And for those hoping Riggs will find love again, Hilarie Burton, who was a love interest for Riggs in Season 1, returns as DEA Agent Karen Palmer. Michelle Hurd has also been cast as the new precinct boss.
HIDDEN REMOTE – Following a breakout freshman season, ‘Lethal Weapon’ is coming back for a second season this fall on a new night that is sure to cause some headaches for fans!
There is no denying that Lethal Weapon was one of, if not the biggest hit of the 2016-17 for Fox. The series quickly caught viewers’ attention and began a steady performer for Fox throughout the season in its Wednesday night time slot. Thanks to the show’s success, Fox was quick to hand out a second season renewal to the Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford-fronted drama.
However, the one thing that no fan saw coming was Fox’s decision to move the series from Wednesday night to Tuesday night where there show will now face off against even tougher competition! Beginning Tuesday, September 26, Lethal Weapon will make the move to Tuesday nights where it will go head-to-head with some of the biggest shows on air – which could result in a few DVR headaches for fans.
Now airing at 8/7c on Tuesday, Lethal Weapon will air in the same time slot as NBC’s The Voice, CBS’s NCIS (aka television’s most-watched drama) ABC’s The Middle and Fresh Off the Boat and The CW’s The Flash.
While the show managed to maintain a solid audience in Season 1, it did go up against softer competition which will make it interesting to see how the show fares when it returns this fall!
Don’t miss the Season 2 premiere of Lethal Weapon when it moves to its new night beginning Tuesday, September 26 at 8/7c on Fox!
Shot in Greenville and starring Clayne Crawford of ‘Lethal Weapon,’ ‘Tinker’ is a collaboration between two longtime friends
GREENVILLE JOURNAL – The new film “Tinker,” written and directed by Greenville’s Sonny Marler, is a story of people coming together and learning about their hidden gifts.
“Tinker” centers around a reclusive farmer named Grady Lee (played by Clayne Crawford from Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” TV series), who discovers his deceased father’s journal. As it so happens, the journal contains plans for a world-changing machine run by electromagnetism.
As Grady builds the machine and begins trying to piece together the life of his late father, his world changes even more: Grady’s sister passes away and gives him custody of a young boy named Kai, who’s both incredibly intelligent and very sheltered. Together, the two of them begin to tentatively form a relationship that neither of them anticipated.
It’s a fitting metaphor for the relationship between Marler and one of the film’s executive producers, Nick Stathakis.
The pair went to Travelers Rest High School together and became good friends before Marler moved to Los Angeles in the early 2000s to pursue acting and Stathakis joined his family’s restaurant business, running Stax’s Original on Poinsett Highway in Greenville.
“I used to go out to L.A. and visit Sonny,” Stathakis says, “And he always said that I would be the perfect left brain to his right brain — the business side to his artistic side. I told him if he ever got the opportunity to do something he thought we could work together on, to just come ask me.”
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– It’s a packed, extra-size episode of the MovieFilm Podcast this week! Hear Zaki’s interview (beginning at 44:20) with actor Clayne Crawford of TV’s Lethal Weapon to discuss his new film, the compelling war drama A Fighting Season, as well as what it’s like to take on Mel Gibson’s iconic alter ego. After that, it’s on to a spoiler-filled chat about Alien: Covenant, the latest entry in the long-lived Fox sci-fi/horror franchise. Did we like it? Did we loathe it? You’ll have to breach the Spoiler Wall to find out! In addition, hear quick takes on movies we’ve caught recently, brief remembrances to mark the sad passings of former James Bond star Roger Moore and rocker Chris Cornell, and a special round of Star Wars news to mark the franchise’s 40th anniversary! You can hear it all all via the embed below, or at iTunes
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