'Lethal Weapon': Damon dithers and SWS stays away, 5 things we learned from Matt Miller's TCA reveal
'Lethal Weapon' showrunner Matt Miller finally spoke up at the TCA press tour on Wednesday about the future of the show and left us with a lot of insight
After a rollercoaster of a year and radio silence about the mess the show was in, the Gods that be for 'Lethal Weapon' have finally spoken up. Showrunner Matt Miller addressed some burning questions at the TCA Press Tour on Wednesday and he wasn't too cryptic about his hopes for the show and what we can look forward to, even though he didn't really address what happened with the Clayne Crawford incident last year. Here are five things we can take away from the much-awaited explanation.
1. Lethal Weapon's return is a legitimate possibility
Yes, if Matt Miller had his way, the show could definitely return for a fourth season. "I’m extremely confident in a season four being excellent and I’m extremely hopeful that we’ll get a season four. I think it’ll depend on a couple of factors, Fox certainly being one of them and some of the internal financial conversations we have to figure out at Warner Bros.," Miller said during the TCA press tour on Wednesday. "We have a pitch for season four and it takes season three and spins it on its head and feels like a really, really fun dynamic for season four that we’ll take to Fox and pitch to them."
Now if you take a look at Fox's show roster, 'Lethal Weapon' is one of the lowest rated shows in the network. However, it does have a lead on 'The Gifted'. The network is yet to announce anything on 'The Passage' and 'The Orville' renewal so there's a good gap in terms of slots for the show. Last season when Crawford was fired right before the season finale, there seemed no way that the show could bounce back but here we are. However, there was plenty of confusion before we heard the news. At this point, it would make sense to be hopeful for a season renewal.
2. If it does return it will be with Damon Wayans
Everything that Miller said about Wayans quitting the show points to the fact that if the show does indeed return, we will have Roger Murtaugh. When Wayans announced he was quitting he cited health reasons saying that he was diabetic and 58 and it was impossible for him to work 16-hour days. Miller said that they sat down and talked it out and that Wayans had been very happy after that. He also added that "he and Seann got along great, it was really a charmed experience from that moment until right now." Wayans announced his departure in December last year. Wayans has not yet updated the public on his return, but from the looks of it, the show is moving around a lot to accommodate him. It's understandable - you can't have 'Lethal Weapon' without both Riggs and Murtaugh.
3. Clayne Crawford fans will never let the show rest
From the time chatter about the show's future has started Clayne Crawford fans have time and time again asked for the show to be canceled and it is understandable why. They have alleged in the past that Clayne Crawford was wrongfully fired and that Damon Wayans was allegedly the man behind the problem. They've rallied for the show to end, boycotted the new season and refused to move on unless Crawford's firing is undone and it doesn't look like they would come onboard anytime soon with the idea of season 4. Although Matt Miller didn't say anything about this, if they want to start afresh with 'Lethal Weapon' and discontinue this off-screen drama, they may need to address the situation.
4. Is Seann William Scott distancing himself from the fandom?
While the main cast associated with 'Lethal Weapon's third season have spoken about Clayne Crawford's firing and the alleged violence like Keesha Sharp as well as Damon Wayans, as long as Seann William Scott has been on the show, he's never commented about the situation. He's spoken about how much he loves the show and the fact that he gets to play Cole but he's never ventured into the Clayne Crawford waters.
Rumor is, he didn't attend the 'Lethal Weapon' wrap party a few weeks ago and allegedly canceled beforehand. The fan's dislike for the show and Damon Wayans has never really touched Scott but clearly, he doesn't want anything to do with what happened before he came onboard.
5. Lethal Weapon needs a rebrand
Deny it as much as you want, there's no way 'Lethal Weapon' is the same without Martin Riggs. In the original films too, Riggs was the heart of the show and even with the TV series, Riggs' character was the glue that kept everything together. There's also no denying that Seann William Scott is amazing as Cole and the new story is entertaining - however, it isn't really 'Lethal Weapon'. What Miller should do instead is rebrand the show completely. Make it a buddy-cop dramedy that has Scott in the lead and call it something else. There's no reason why an actor and story with such potential needs to be wasted.
'Lethal Weapon' returns for a brand new episode 13 'Coyote Ugly' on Tuesday, February 12, at 8pm on Fox