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Posted Friday 8/03/18 at 2:39PM EDT
Damon Wayans: Lethal Weapon is a lot "lighter" in tone with Seann William Scott
“We’re only the first (episode) in but it is definitely a lot lighter in tone, and we are having fun, on and off set. It’s just a lot looser, nobody’s overthinking, just doing and having fun doing,” Wayans told critics at the TV press tour. As for former co-star Clayne Crawford, he says: “I wish him the best, I wish him luck. Onward and upward.”
Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 4:36AM EDT
Lethal Weapon boss says the show's post-Clayne Crawford options were like "Choose Your Own Adventure"
Source: TV Insider
"It’s a delicate balancing act because we’re looking to launch a new character in the premiere and, at the same time, pay proper respect to the (Crawford's) Riggs character," says Lethal Weapon creator and executive producer Matt Miller. "It’s about finding that balance between paying proper respect to the first two seasons of the show and also, at the same time, launching a new show that feels equally exciting and interesting and dramatic and funny and romantic and all the other things that we sort of had in that stew of Season 1 and 2. We’re going to close the Riggs chapter and start a new one in a way that feels properly respectful of Riggs and at the same time, exciting and an enthusiastic way to launch our new season."
Posted Friday 7/27/18 at 6:05PM EDT
Lethal Weapon reveals Seann Williams Scott's character -- he's not named "Riggs" -- and adds Maggie Lawson as his ex
There was "chatter" that Scott, in taking over for Clayne Crawford's Martin Riggs on the Fox drama, would play Riggs' brother. But Scott's character now has a name, and it's not "Riggs." Scott will play Wesley Cole, a war veteran and father. Former Psych star Maggie Lawson will recur as his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans' Lethal Weapon relationship was so fraught that Pinkerton guards were hired to guard the set
Variety has released an investigative report on the problems that resulted in Crawford's ouster last month, based on interviews with 31 people and bolstered by audio and video footage. The reporting reveals that both Crawford and Wayans were difficult to work with, and they hated working with each other. According to Variety, "behind the scenes, Lethal Weapon had descended into chaos, grinding production to a halt on multiple occasions, splitting the crew into factions, and creating an environment so toxic that by season’s end, Pinkerton security guards were present on set at all times to ensure that disagreements would not deteriorate into physical violence. Now Warner Bros. is cleaning house, parting ways with a number of below-the-liners viewed as loyal to Crawford."
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 11:25PM EDT
Lethal Weapon couldn't land Karl Urban and Johnny Knoxville to replace Clayne Crawford
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Both actors passed, so the role was offered to Seann William Scott, whom, it turns out, had passed on the series two years ago.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Damon Wayans says #dontblameme for Clayne Crawford's firing, tweets video of on-set injury
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
After some fans of the Fox series took to social media to blame Wayans for getting Crawford fired, Wayans turned his Twitter and Instagram accounts private over the weekend. On Monday night he briefly returned, railing against Warner Bros TV for not defending him, saying Crawford "hit another actor in the mouth with a bottle of green tea," and that he "struck fear in cast and crew," leading someone -- "Not me!" said Wayans -- to post stickers reading "Clayne Crawford is an emotional terrorist" around the Warner Bros. lot. Wayans also detailed the incident that reportedly led the two Lethal Weapon co-stars to stop speaking to each other, tweeting production footage of him being struck in the head with shrapnel from an episode that led Crawford, the episode's director, to be reprimanded. ALSO: Lethal Weapon's renewal is for 13 episodes, not a full-season 22.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 12:29PM EDT
Fox execs say they didn't fire Clayne Crawford from Lethal Weapon, but they supported the decision
Fox Television Group CEO Dana Walden says it "was not our choice" to drop Crawford. "Our partners at Warner Bros. came to us about three weeks ago to tell us that they could not deliver Lethal Weapon as we’ve known it, that there were some real challenges in the cast,” he says. ALSO: Fox says canceling Lucifer was a "ratings-based decision."
Posted Sunday 5/13/18 at 8:42PM EDT
Clayne Crawford breaks his silence on Lethal Weapon firing, wishes cast and crew good luck next season
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Crawford was fired after doing nothing to change his behavior each time he was reprimanded, prompting Warner Bros. TV to refuse to even consider moving forward with the series with him aboard. Thus Fox didn't have the option of renewing the show with Crawford attached. "To my cast and crew - CONGRATULATIONS on season 3! To the Fans - Thank you for the overwhelming support and love," Crawford wrote on Instagram. "Riggs was a dream role and the experience will live with me forever. My heart is full. Good Luck nxt season!!" ALSO: Some Lethal Weapon fans aren't happy with the Seann William Scott casting.
Posted Sunday 5/13/18 at 2:39PM EDT
Fox renews Lethal Weapon for Season 3 with Seann William Scott replacing Clayne Crawford
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Scott will play a new character who is partnered with Damon Wayans' Roger Murtaugh. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott may play the brother of the fired Crawford's Martin Riggs.
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 9:08PM EDT
Lethal Weapon's Clayne Crawford: "Wait, wait, wait......you can’t fire me on my day off!"
The actor tweeted a hilarious reaction to being fired today from the Fox drama. Lethal Weapon aired its Season 2 (and possibly series) finale tonight, which was filmed before accusations of bad behavior against Crawford went public.
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 4:32PM EDT
Clayne Crawford dropped from Lethal Weapon as producers seek an actor to replace him
Tonight's Lethal Weapon Season 2 finale will mark Crawford's last appearance on the Fox series as producers have decided that he won't be back if Fox renews the on-the-bubble show for a third season. According to TV Line, "Fox and its studio partner Warner Bros. are actively searching for an actor to replace the embattled actor in the role of Martin Riggs. The outcome of the 11th hour recasting effort will largely determine whether Fox renews the series for Season 3." Crawford's ouster comes two weeks after reports that he had “been disciplined several times over complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment." According to The Hollywood Reporter, "multiple actors have had the offer to take over the role for a potential third-season and have passed as the process continues ahead of Fox's upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers Monday." Neither Warner Bros. TV nor Fox has commented on Crawford's status.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Report: Lethal Weapon's Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans have stopped speaking to each other
The Fox drama is in limbo not only due to Clayne Crawford's bad behavior, but because he and co-star Damon Wayans are reportedly at odds with each other. Addressing reports of his bad behavior, Crawford issued an apology today saying that one of his two reprimands was for an episode he directed earlier this year, in which "an actor on set felt unsafe because a piece of shrapnel from an effect hit him." What he didn't mention was that actor is co-star Wayans, according to Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. "Following the shrapnel incident, Wayans was sent home for the day and when he returned to work, he set limitations to what he was willing to do in the episode, including not holding a gun or running down stairs, citing safety concerns," reports Andreeva. "I hear that led to an argument with Crawford, with Crawford using strong words to tell Wayans how he felt about him. I hear the issue went all the way to the high ranks of the studio, Warner Bros. TV. And while Crawford ultimately completed the episode, I hear the relationship between the two stars suffered irreparable damage." She says Wayans and Crawford, who star in the buddy cop drama, "now have stopped speaking to each other." Andreeva further reports that Lethal Weapon has been plagued with problems from the beginning, from not doing table reads "allegedly upon star Wayans' request" to not having a veteran showrunner on set who can "handle two very different stars coming from different backgrounds." As a result, Lethal Weapon is on the bubble, says Andreeva, "jeopardizing the jobs of dozens of cast and crew on the show and possibly costing Warner Bros TV a fortune in international sales should the globally recognizable title get canceled by Fox."
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 5:36PM EDT
Clayne Crawford apologizes for his behavior on Lethal Weapon set
"I hope they will stick with me and stick with the show," the actor said in a lengthy statement posted to Instagram this afternoon following reports the show may be canceled or he may be recast over his behavior. Crawford explained what he descrbed as two incidents that resulted in him being reprimanded, including the second one that happened a few weeks ago for an episode he was directing in which an actor was hit by a piece of shrapnel. "The first reprimand," he said, "was because I reacted with anger over working conditions that did not feel safe or conducive to good work under the leadership of a guest director and assistant director, who, in turn, were angry at my response." Crawford added: "I apologize to all the crew and cast for any negative attention ‘Lethal Weapon’ is receiving because of these incidents. I take great pride in treating everyone in life with dignity and kindness."
Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 3:59PM EDT
Lethal Weapon's future in doubt over Clayne Crawford's "bad behavior" on set
Crawford, who succeeded Mel Gibson in the role of Martin Riggs for the TV reboot, "is making a third season a rather complex proposition" after he was disciplined for bad behavior, according to Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. Andreeva reports she has "learned that Crawford has had a history of bad behavior on the show, and that he has been disciplined several times over complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment. I hear the issue has escalated to a point where other actors as well as crew on Lethal Weapon would feel uncomfortable being on set with him. The problem is threatening the future of the show, with a recasting — a rare and dramatic move when involving a lead of an established series — being explored. Fox and Warner Bros TV declined comment." Crawford's behavior was first hinted at in a blind item that Michael Ausiello posted last Thursday. Ausiello confirms he was referring to Crawford when he wrote about a one-hour drama's "increasingly untenable 'personnel problem,' per a source. Turns out one of the series’ leads has become impossible to work with, and his massively disruptive behavioral issues are causing the network/studio to rethink bringing the series back."