This wonderful series — wrapping up its run with its new season — understands the South in a way TV rarely does.
– One afternoon shortly after actor Aden Young had wrapped season one of Rectify, his wife called. He’d gone out a few hours earlier and hadn’t returned. She wanted to know if he was okay.
In the deeply emotional Sundance family drama, Young plays Daniel Holden, a newly exonerated death row inmate who re-enters society after nearly two decades in prison. On the day his wife called looking for him, he’d found the character hard to shake and had been standing on a street corner for four hours; as Young recounts the experience, it’s with the wry smirk he wears even when telling the most devastating story imaginable.
“I couldn’t move,” he says. “I was petrified that I was going to fall over. I was absolutely fine. I was healthy. My kids were healthy. I had a beautiful wife. For the first time in my career, I think, I even managed to pay off one of the credit cards. And yet Daniel was there, just going, ‘Don’t move. It all hurts, and if you move, it will hurt more.’ Like when you have a bad back. I was afraid to turn my head. I was afraid I would see through the façade.”
It sounds weird, I know — like the kind of mystical mumbo jumbo actors sometimes tell reporters to make themselves sound profound. But I know from having talked to Young several times over the course of Rectify’s run — the show’s fourth and final season debuts on Sundance Wednesday, October 26 — that he takes this character and this world seriously. And not in a self-important or self-involved way; that’s just the effect Rectify has on those involved in it, and its tiny coterie of devoted fans.
Young’s solution to his Daniel problem was simple: Build the character a guesthouse in his head where Daniel could go to live in between seasons.
“I knew he was there. I’d occasionally take him things, but I wouldn’t see him. Then Sundance would email me, and I’d go and check on him,” he says.
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TV GUIDE – To those luscious locks currently residing atop Lethal Weapon star Clayne Crawford‘s head:
Having been familiar with your work since your early performance in A Walk to Remember, and more recently in a supporting role on Sundance’s heartbreaking Rectify, it’s safe to say that I was quite shocked by your current appearance on Fox’s Lethal Weapon. It was like gazing upon a baby deer as it took its first steps, but in a really powerful manly way. You know?
Seeing how you’ve matured and grown was not just breathtaking but reassuring, like maybe there’s hope for the rest of the hair on TV. Maybe one day I won’t throw my remote and scream toward the heavens when an actor suddenly decides to spend the barber money on yet more cheap whiskey. You’re living proof it can be done. And be done well.
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EW – Fox is pulling the trigger on a full season of Lethal Weapon.
The network has ordered an additional five episodes of the freshman buddy cop drama, bringing its total to 18 for the season.
The show was Fox’s top-rated fall premiere in two years and is averaging 8.3 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 on Wednesday nights.
Lethal Weapon joins a few other freshman shows in getting full season orders since the start of the season: ABC’s Designated Survivor and Speechless, along with NBC’s This Is Us.
Fox’s cop dramedy stars Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford and airs a new episode on Wednesday night.
AL.COM – Alabama actor Clayne Crawford — best known for his roles on “24,” “NCIS: New Orleans” and “Rectify” — steps into some mighty big shoes tonight on the premiere episode of the Fox network’s “Lethal Weapon.”
The new series — adapted from the iconic movie franchise that starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as mismatched LA cops — airs at 7 p.m. Central time on Fox.
Crawford, who grew up in the Clay in northeastern Jefferson County and graduated from Hewitt-Trussville High School, stars as Martin Riggs, the role Gibson made famous. Damon Wayans plays his sidekick Roger Murtaugh, who was portrayed by Danny Glover in the “Lethal Weapon” movies.
“Redoing something is terrifying as an actor,” Crawford said in an interview with TVGuide.com. “You like to do things that are original and you like to try to put your own spin on it.
“What they did was so incredible, and it didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone. So what we had to do — because of the respect we had for the other projects — [was] separate ourselves as much as possible and try to bring only what we can bring.
“I can only bring what Clayne Crawford has inside of him, and Damon Wayans can only do the same. And that’s what we tried to do.”
Crawford previously played the stalker Kevin Wade on Season 8 of Fox’s ticking-clock thriller “24,” the shady prison medic Lance on the FX Network’s coal-country crime saga “Justified,” and has had a recurring role as the ne’er-do-well brother of special agent Christopher LaSalle (fellow Alabama actor Lucas Black) on the CBS thriller “NCIS: New Orleans.”
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MY SA – BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — It isn’t easy following Mel Gibson.
However, TV’s “Lethal Weapon” star is doing his best to make Gibson’s volatile police detective Martin Riggs his own by giving him an authentic Texas flavor.
Actor Clayne Crawford doesn’t have to go far to find inspiration. He said his wife is a native Texan and her family lives in the Hill Country.
He shared the info after “Lethal Weapon’s” writer/creator Matt Miller told TV critics how he was distinguishing the series’ cop character from Gibson’s of the ’80 and ’90s films.
“(The show is) putting Riggs in Texas so that maybe he would have a little bit of a drawl or a lilt to his speech, something that would distinguish him a little bit from the way that Mel played the role,” Miller said at a Fox press session this week.
Pressed for more details on the character, Miller said Riggs is from El Paso.
“We wanted him to be closer to the border and the drug trade,” Miller said, adding his investigations into these crimes eventually spread to the California-Mexico border.
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EW – Unlike posters for the original movie, the art for the Fox update is gun-free
This is a kindler, gentler Lethal Weapon — at least in the ads.
Though the 1987 movie with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover featured plenty of firepower in the promotional posters, the art for Fox’s revival is surprisingly weapon-free. EW obtained an exclusive first look of the drama’s key art, which shows stars Clayne Crawford (Martin Riggs) and Damon Wayans (Roger Murtaugh) actually smiling — unlike the images from the 1987 movie that showed a deadpan Glover and downright scary Gibson).
At the Television Critics Tour recently, Fox Entertainment Chairman Dana Walden told reporters how their goal is to avoid gratuitous violence in their shows. “Even the artwork you saw of Lethal Weapon, we’re trying to focus on the characters, not on guns, or the violence, in the show,” she said. “You have to hit a balance. They’re trying to create stories that are relevant in this day and age and feel heightened and have life and death stakes and take place in a cop world or in the world of terrorism, it’s hard to imagine that without any violence, so it’s just trying to find the right balance.”
Lethal Weapon, which also stars Jordana Brewster, premieres Sept. 21 on Fox.
TV SERIES FINALE – How will Rectify end? Recently, the creator and stars of the Sundance TV series spoke about the upcoming final season, Variety reports.
The drama follows Daniel Holden (Aden Young), who returns home after spending 19 years on Death Row for a murder he may or may not have committed. The cast also includes Abigail Spencer, Adelaide Clemens, Clayne Crawford, Bruce McKinnon, and J. Smith-Cameron.
At the Television Critics Association summer press tour, creator Ray McKinnon said the final season will be about Daniel confronting his identity:
I think in some ways the story has been about Daniel being a conduit for the projection onto him of others. Part of the mystery and part of the tension of this season will be can Daniel become himself as he is now — not who he could have been.”
Aden Young said he didn’t mind not knowing whether Daniel did or did not commit murder:
It was a challenge. It was certainly a challenge I embraced. I didn’t think Ray was ever going to tell me. I didn’t ask him whether [Daniel] did it or not. I asked, are you going to tell me whether he did it or not. So began a philosophical discussion that lasted five years”
McKinnon did reveal there may not be full closure in the series finale:
We want the conclusion to answer all our questions, but that’s not life. And part of what we try to do with the show is reflect in a skewed way what life is.”
The final season of Rectify premieres on October 26th.
IRISH EXAMINER – Lethal Weapon’s new TV reboot will be the first US series broadcast in primetime on ITV in three years.
The adaptation of the 1987 Mel Gibson and Danny Glover hit movie marks the return of US-acquired content on the main channel. The last programme to feature in such a prominent slot was spy drama The Americans in 2013.
Scheduled for an autumn premiere in the US, Lethal Weapon centres around the partnership between an unlikely cop duo in Los Angeles.
Clayne Crawford, a cast member of US drama Rectify, takes on Gibson’s role as Martin Riggs, while Roger Murtaugh is played by Damon Wayans, best known for family comedy My Wife And Kids.
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FOX 7 AUSTIN
– The iconic Lethal Weapon franchise has been reborn and will soon be coming to your TV in the next few months.
“It’s such a fun little, fun show, I’m excited to share it with the people and try to get a response,” Clayne Crawford, staring as Martin Riggs, said.
Fans on hand for the pilot premiere gave a great response during a viewing on Sunday. Crawford along with co-star Damon Wayans had the difficult task of reprising the lead roles of Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh.
“You can’t take on a role based on what someone else did I think that’s the challenge as an actor. ‘what can I bring to this?’ Crawford said.
“How could we recreated characters from that took the spirit of the original, iconic characters and make them their own?” Jennifer Gwartz, the executive producer of the show, said, “Most people who have seen the pilot have said it looks like a movie, I think we’ve delivered on those expectations.”
“It’s Lethal Weapon like a PG version so it’s a version that the whole family can enjoy.” Crawford said, “I think show is going to bring all of the dynamics that we love from Lethal Weapon, which is this relationship between these two guys that are so different, but the common thread is they are both broken. So with that they are kind of tethered to one another so you’ve got this tug of war between these two guys, and that’s where the comedy comes in. But it also lends itself to a lot of heart and of course we are going to make stuff go boom.”
Lethal Weapon will air on Wednesday’s at 7 P.M. central time on FOX.
INDEPENDENT – Back in 2013, a small TV show crawled onto US screens airing a modest debut season of six episodes. It returned for two more instalments in 2014 and 2015 with the show’s final episodes due later this year. It’s in this way that the series will bow out, not unlike a mouse in the corner of the room you never knew was there.
The show is Rectify. Developed by writer-director Ray McKinnon, the drama provided cable channel SundanceTV with its first original drama that may just be America’s best.
One read of the premise lures you in: Daniel Holden (Aden Young), imprisoned as a teenager for the rape and murder of a young girl, spends 19 years on death row before fresh DNA evidence throws the verdict into question. His release and ensuing assimilation back into society, however, won’t be easy; many of the townsfolk are convinced he’s guilty.
Early episodes are scattered with flashbacks serving as metaphorical open windows into Holden’s time behind bars which ultimately serve to combat his (silent) expression of innocence. They yank you back as you teeter on the precipice of making a decision regarding his potential guilt.
Crucially, this never becomes the show’s pull – instead, Rectify is intent on telling the story of a man forced to readjust to a freedom he never thought he’d be granted; it’s this that injects the series with an emotional heft.
It helps that Holden’s character is held up by Young, a staggeringly great Canadian-Australian actor whose most prominent film credit is extraordinarily the abysmal I, Frankenstein. The remainder of the ensemble is clearly relishing every second also: J. Smith-Cameron as Daniel’s long-suffering mother, Janet; Abigail Spencer as his bolshie sister, Amantha; and Luke Kirby as his kindly lawyer, Jon to pinpoint a few.
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