'Lethal Weapon' Season 4 set for green light as Matt Miller says pitch is ready, but there's a problem
If that isn't good news enough, Fox Entertainment president Charlie Collier also said on the same day that he thinks the show has been doing 'quite well'.
'Lethal Weapon' show developer Matt Miller has finally spoken up about the future of the controversial show and it looks like fans can get their hopes up about the show's return.
"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 told ET 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."
If that isn't good news enough Fox Entertainment president Charlie Collier also said on the same day that he thinks the show has been doing "quite well" in spite of its messy history and off-screen drama. "What you’re referring to predates me, but I actually think that show has hit its stride well," he told the publication. "I’ve been told by the studio and the producers that they’re running in lockstep and I think what’s on the screen reflects that," Collier said. "With respect to the way we judge the performance of a show, it is really show by show and case by case, and frankly, specifically over the last few weeks that show has done quite well."
As for the announcement by lead Damon Wayans about quitting the show come the end of season 3, Miller said that it was a "cry for help". "We all sat down and we worked on some hours...things that could accommodate him," he reportedly said. "It was tough for him. He's not a young guy, this is a crazy show to make... It's really, really grueling," he added and explained that after they talked it out and the necessary arrangements were made, Wayans has been happy and has "had a smile on his face the entire time." He also said that Wayans, who he said was in Hawaii right now "thanked everyone" after the arrangements and "he got everyone these incredibly expensive jackets on the crew, and he and Seann got along great, it was really a charmed experience from that moment until right now."
"If you found me at this time last year, it's much different," he added. "I'm sprawled out on the floor, sucking my thumb, drooling. We touched bottom, you know. No one knew if the show was going to come back, and we obviously had some problems with the cast..." he continued, almost certainly referring to the firing of lead Clayne Crawford. Miller revealed that the network actually let the show go on provided they could sort out the mess it was in. "That allowed us to roll up our sleeves and come up with, 'how do you keep these things going?'" he said. "The premise is these two broken cops who need each other, and that hasn't changed."
He further said, "I personally don't love a show that's stagnant," Miller said, going on to talk about the nature of procedurals. "The way that [procedurals] work is repetition. This is a show that's very much a character piece with a procedural element. For two seasons we played that hand really hard with these two guys."
"We kinda ran that relationship into the ground," Miller said. "It was really an incredible gift to be able to relaunch a new version of that relationship, starting from scratch, with two characters that didn't know each other, with new sets of problems." He also reportedly said that he didn't think 'Lethal Weapon' would stretch into as many as 10 seasons as most procedural dramas but would like to have a "few more delightful seasons of TV, as long as it feels like we’re dealing with fresh snow, not just the same cookie cutter model, it’d be great to do the show," he said.
'Lethal Weapon's next episode airs on Tuesday, February 12 at 8 p.m. on Fox.