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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 LINE – The broadcast networks have nearly 20 shows debuting this fall, including Michael Weatherly’s NCIS follow-up, Kiefer Sutherland’s term as POTUS and the story of MLB’s first female player. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
Next up on our list….
THE SHOW | Fox’s Lethal Weapon (Wednesdays at 8/7c, premiere date TBA)
THE COMPETITION | CBS’ Survivor, NBC’s Blindspot, The CW’s Arrow and ABC’s The Goldbergs/Speechless (new)
THE CAST | Damon Wayans, Sr. (My Wife and Kids), Clayne Crawford (Rectify), Keesha Sharp (The People v. O.J. Simpson), Kevin Rahm (Mad Men), Jordana Brewster (Dallas) and Johnathan Fernandez (Good Medicine)
THE SET-UP | Grim Reaper-taunting Martin Riggs (Crawford) transfers to the LAPD, where he is partnered with Roger Murtaugh (Wayans), a family man who in the wake of a recent heart attack just might be getting too old for this… situation. Kinda like the movie, you know?
THE FIRST IMPRESSION | As a child of the ’80s, I had reservations about cuing this pilot up. Believe me. But damn… this small-screen reboot is fun.
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.
Clayne and his Lethal Weapon co-star, Damon Wayans, attended the 2016 Teen Choice Awards to present presented Choice Movie: Drama to Miracles from Heaven, which was accepted by it’s star, Jennifer Garner and co-star Kylie Rogers. Clayne’s date for the evening was his lovely daughter, as he posted on his new Instagram account.
I will likely be adding more to the Award photos as well as replacing some of the with HQ shots.
Clayne’s wife let me know that Clayne has joined Instagram. Here’s a beautiful picture of him with his daughter at the Teen Choice Awards. I’m gathering the photos from last night as well as the TCA panel from Rectify yesterday. Will post them soon!
The final season of Rectify premieres Wednesday, October 26 at 10pm and will have 8 episodes.
EW – Getting off death row seems like a good thing, right? Not necessarily, as Sundance drama Rectify proves — especially in the trailer for its upcoming fourth and final season.
Rectify, created by Ray McKinnon, follows Daniel (Aden Young), a man who joins the real world after serving 19 years on death row for murder. The problem is, he doesn’t remember if he actually did commit the crime, which creates some complications. Season 2 ended with him confessing to killing the victim, though, in order to get a plea deal that guaranteed he’d never return to prison. One condition: He can no longer live in Georgia, where his family resides.
Season 4 sees Daniel moving to Nashville and grappling with his past while trying to move forward. The rest of his family — played by Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron, Adelaide Clemens, Clayne Crawford, and Bruce McKinnon — are trying to do the same. See how that’s going in the trailer above, and watch Rectify when it returns to Sundance Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. ET. The first three seasons will be available for streaming on Netflix Aug. 1.