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5 Reasons ‘Lethal Weapon’ Is the Most Exciting New Show of the Fall

INVERSEYou might be inclined to dismiss FOX’s ‘Lethal Weapon.’ But this upcoming series may be the perfect complement to Murtaugh and Riggs’ adventures.

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Last week, FOX revealed its upcoming lineup for the 2016-2017 fall season alongside trailers for some of its newest series. Among a slew of potential hits and misses, it was a reboot of a decades old action series that floated to the top of conversation. Already considered a divisive decision on the part of the network, the upcoming Lethal Weapon series has still managed to resonate with potential fans.

 

First announced back in February, the series will pair TV comedy icon Damon Wayans Sr, as detective and family man Roger Murtaugh, with Clayne Crawford, as suicidal brooder with a badge Martin Riggs. If you’re one of the people who watched the above trailer and felt yourself getting a little excited for this freshman show, trust your gut. At the moment, all signs point to Lethal Weapon being one of the most enjoyable new series of 2016.

 

FOX is Super Into It

 

It probably won’t come as a surprise to find out that Lethal Weapons parent network, FOX, is extremely hyped on the show, perhaps even more than they are for any show in their freshman slate. As the Hollywood Reporter pointed out:

 

“If airtime on the press call is any indication of what the Fox execs are most excited about, Lethal Weapon is the new series to watch. Walden described the reboot … as ‘muscular,’ ‘high-octane’ and ‘very broadly appealing,’ noting at one point that director McG and writer-producer Matt Miller ‘delivered exactly what we wanted.’”

 

Don’t get dissuaded by buzz words like “very broadly appealing,” either, because those words pretty accurately describe the entire movie series from its first entry.

 

‘Lethal Weapon’ Lends Itself To a Series

 

Here is the plot of every single Lethal Weapon film: some fella and his gang of assholes do some evil shit which pops up on the radar of forever-detectives Martin Riggs and Richard Murtaugh. Through the natural course of their job — which they take very seriously — the two men shoot their way through a variety of situations making jokes about how crazy Riggs is and how reluctant Roger is until someone coughs up the bad guy’s name in between mouthfuls of blood. More shooting mixed in with some brotherly bonding, roll credits.

 

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Fox orders Lethal Weapon, The Exorcist, Pitch, Making History, and more to series

EW – Fox has given series orders to dramas Lethal Weapon, The Exorcist, A.P.B. and Pitch, as well as comedies Making History and The Mick.

 

In Lethal Weapon, when Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford) suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans, Sr.), who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life. Matt Miller will write and executive-produce with Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz, and McG. Keesha Sharp, Jordana Brewster, and Kevin Rahm will also star.

 

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The new series join the previously ordered 24: Legacy and Star. More details here.

 

Check out all the pilots in contention here.

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Dark Sky Battles Demons With ‘Convergence’

BLOODY DISGUSTING – A detective on the trail of a terrorist finds himself in a supernaturally charged trap where all the rules of police work go out the window in director Drew Hall’s Convergence.

 

The film arrives in select theaters on February 5, 2016 and on Digital Download, Blu-ray & DVD on February 9, 2016.

 

Detective Ben Walls (Clayne Crawford, Rectify, A Walk to Remember) lives a quiet life with his wife and newborn daughter. But he’s called into action after an explosion at a local women’s health clinic – and explosion that may be the work of a terrorist bomber Ben has been tracking. While investigating the scene, another shocking event lands Ben himself in the hospital. When he awakens he is surprisingly uninjured and ready to go back into the field. But at the behest of his captain (Mykelti Williamson, Forrest Gump, Con Air) and the hospital’s few but eerily incongruous patients and staff, Ben is forced to remain inside the building.

 

As Ben navigates the hospital’s alarmingly empty hallways, he soon finds himself hunted by a self-proclaimed avenging angel (Ethan Embry, Eagle Eye, Vacancy), who may be the terrorist he has been looking for, and haunted by apparitions whose deadly motives remain a mystery. As Ben’s sense of reality begins to spiral out of control and the demons that surround him close in, he must find a way to both stop the supernatural forces that want him dead and catch the bomber before he strikes again.“

 

A modern-day myth about redemption that’s equal parts crime thriller, supernatural horror and action spectacle, Convergence is said to keep you guessing at every turn of its twisting plot right up until the last shocking frame.

 

Also starring in this gripping and unsettling film are Chelsea Bruland (Left Behind), Gary Grubbs (JFK), Laura Cayouette (Django Unchained) and Catalina Soto-Aguilar (Sons of Liberty).

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Rectify’s Clayne Crawford Boards Amazon’s David E. Kelley Legal Drama

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TV LINE – Clayne Crawford, a Critics Choice Award nominee for his work as Rectify‘s Ted. Jr., has booked a recurring role on Amazon’s recently greenlit legal drama from TV vet David E. Kelley.

Ordered straight to series in December, the currently untitled drama stars Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo) as a lawyer on a quest for redemption, in what is described as a 21st Century David vs. Goliath battle fought in the American legal system. William Hurt (Humans) also stars.

Details on Crawford’s role are under wraps, though his story arc is said to be pivotal. The actor will juggle this project with Sundance’s Rectify, which starts production on its final season this spring.

In addition to Rectify, Crawford’s TV credits include NCIS: New Orleans (as LaSalle’s brother Cade), Rogue, Graceland, Justified, The Glades and Season 8 of 24.

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‘Rectify’ to End After Season 4

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THE WRAP –  Sundance series follows man who returns home after 19 years on death row

 

“Rectify” will end its run on SundanceTV following its upcoming fourth season, the network announced Friday.

 

The series follows Daniel Holden (Aden Young) who returns home after spending 19 years on death row. Having spent his whole life waiting to die, Daniel must try to establish a normal life.

 

“Rectify” was created and written by Writers Guild Award-nominated Ray McKinnon, the writer and director of the Oscar-winning short film “The Accountant” and an actor in “Deadwood” and “Sons of Anarchy.”

 

It is executive produced by McKinnon, as well as Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein, the award-winning producers behind AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.”

 

In addition to Young, the show stars Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron, Adelaide Clemens, Clayne Crawford, Luke Kirby, and Jake Austin Walker.

 

The show premiered on Sundance in 2013. It has received critical praise, winning a Peabody Award in 2015.

 

“‘Rectify’ is in many ways a existential story that was allowed to come to life during an existential era in serial storytelling,” McKinnon said in a statement. “And the timing of this ‘non-end’ end feels exactly right. SundanceTV has been a dream to work with on this journey.”

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Top 7 Sci-Fi Films Not To Miss In 2016

Here’s a little bit about Clayne’s movie, Spectral, from Female First.

 

– Spectral – released 12th August

 

Spectral is one of the science fiction films that has, so far, gone under the radar as Nic Mathieu is set to make his feature film directorial debut.

 

Ian Fried, John Catins, and George Nolfi have all teamed up to pen the film’s screenplay. Universal Pictures will release the movie.

 

Spectral is set to mix elements of action, sci-fi and war as the film follows a special-ops team that is dispatched to fight supernatural beings that have taken over a major city.

 

Another terrific cast has been assembled as Emily Mortimer, James Badge Dale, Max Martini, Bruce Greenwood, and Clayne Crawford are just some of the names on board.

 

We haven’t been treated to the first official trailer or images for Spectral just yet, but it is certainly one of the more intriguing sci-fi films of 2016.

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Controlled Obsession’s The Best TV Shows of 2015

1. Rectify (SundanceTV)
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I talked about how The Americans is one of the best shows on the air that no one is watching, but Rectifyhas to take the crown when it comes down to it. The series, which airs on a channel most people probably don’t even know about, is in its third season and is without a doubt the best character drama you can find on TV. With award worthy performances from each and every primary cast member, it’s no surprise that Rectify is as strong as it has ever been. Taking its time with its primary story, Rectify has now, three seasons in, finally begun addressing plot points raised in its first episode.

 

Dealing with themes in such a way that you really only get to see in books, Ray McKinnon unspools this story that so perfectly showcases the Southern Gothic genre in such a way that you can’t help but appreciate. He takes his time to let these characters grow, even if the season only takes place over a couple of days. With standout performances from Aden Young and Clayne Crawford, it’s no surprise that with the depth provided by the scripts, these relatively under-seen actors are producing some of the best performances of any show on television.

 

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TV Performer of the Week: Clayne Crawford, ‘Rectify’

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I could pick any Rectify actor’s name out of a hat for TV Performer of the Week, and it would be more than well-earned. That’s not meant to be flippant, but rather to recognize that every single actor (in major and minor roles) has had an extraordinary turn on the show. Ray McKinnon’s Sundance series about a Georgia man, Daniel Holden, (Aden Young) who is released from Death Row after 19 years because of a DNA error is thoughtful, beautiful and difficult, and the Holden/Talbot family is made up of outstanding actors: J. Smith-Cameron, Bruce McKinnon, Abigail Spencer, Clayne Crawford, and Adelaide Clemens (with special mention to Sean Bridgers as Trey Willis). But there’s something about Crawford’s performance in this third season that has truly stood out even from this outstanding group.

 

The best word to associate with Rectify is “authentic.” Southerners have long been forced to watch too many terrible shows with terrible accents and tired (or just plain ignorant) stereotypes of small-town Southern life. But not only do the Holdens and Talbots feel knowable, but the (fictional) town of Paulie feels wholly familiar. Ray McKinnon’s scripts pick up a particular cadence of Southern speech, and the interactions he fashions — filled with repressed emotions and quiet glances — are hauntingly real.

 

No one in the cast embodies these elements though as fully as Clayne Crawford, who plays Teddy Jr., Daniel’s step-brother and occasional adversary. The two have had several encounters, including a haunting assault when Daniel choked him out and laid him unconscious on the floor of the tire store with coffee grounds in his behind. It was in that moment viewers really thought Daniel might have committed that crime so many years ago, and it was act that has resonated through three seasons now, and filtered through the family, shocking and confusing each in turn. Teddy and Daniel have also tussled over Daniel’s attraction to Teddy’s wife Tawney (Clemens), and worse for Teddy, her attraction back.

 

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The ‘Radical Belief’ of Sundance Channel’s Extraordinary ‘Rectify’

Creator Ray McKinnon’s series achieves an austere command of the varieties of religious experience to which few recent works of American art have even aspired. It’s devotional television.

 

 

As former death row inmate Daniel Holden (Aden Young) addresses the press in the pilot episode of “Rectify” (Sundance TV), the camera moves like a supplicant shifting from one foot to the other. His conviction in the rape and murder of 16-year-old Hanna Dean two decades earlier vacated due to new DNA evidence, Daniel speaks with the soft assurance of a philosopher, or a priest, explaining the ordeal as a “strict routine” of despair suddenly disrupted by new hope.

 

“I had convinced myself that kind of optimism served no useful purpose in the world where I existed,” he says. “Obviously, this radical belief system was flawed and was, ironically, a kind of fantasy itself. At the least, I feel that those specific coping skills were best suited to the life there behind me. I doubt they will serve me so well for the life in front of me.”

 

Faith, broadly defined, is rarely taken seriously on American television, for all the supposed influence it has in our society. By comparison with greed, or fame, or power, religion as an animating force in the lives of fictional characters seems almost quaint, a relic of bygone days and retrograde opinions, or otherwise the scrim behind which corruption hides. “Rectify,” by contrast, registers as a “radical belief system” of its own, not because it evangelizes on behalf of a particular creed but because it explores the terrain on which faith and doubt meet in such crisp, painstaking detail. Among its many other merits, creator Ray McKinnon’s series achieves an austere command of the varieties of religious experience to which few recent works of American art have even aspired. It’s devotional television.

 

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