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Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 5:21PM EDT
How Damon Wayans Jr. got his dad Damon Wayans to guest tonight on Happy Together
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“I had my agent call his agent, and after some contentious negotiating, I made the personal call and went, ‘Hey, man, you’re my dad,’” Wayans Jr. jokes of his Lethal Weapon star dad's cameo on tonight's episode. “For some reason, people think my dad is funny and want to see him. And they’re like, ‘Let’s pull the old dad card and get him on a sitcom.’ It’s an easy reach.”
Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
Fox orders two more Lethal Weapon episodes with Damon Wayans aboard
One week after Wayans shocked producers by saying he would leave the Fox series after he was done filming Lethal Weapon's 13-episode third season, Fox has picked up two additional episodes. Wayans will be part of Episodes 14 and 15.
Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 7:53PM EDT
Happy Together reunites Damon Wayans and Damon Wayans Jr.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The father and son in real life will play father and son on the CBS sitcom -- albeit with different first names.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Damon Wayans' Lethal Weapon exit announcement reportedly blindsided everyone, especially after solid Week 2 ratings
Wayans is signed on for six seasons of the Fox action drama, which is performing well following Clayne Crawford's firing. Deadline's Nellie Andreeva reports that Wayans' comments to Electronic Urban Report amounted to bombshell news to the studio and producers. "I hear that ever since Wayans statement went public, there has been a flurry of talks between the actor, his team and the studio," reports Andreeva. "He is clearly very emotional in the interview, so I hear the show’s producers and executives wanted to find out whether his comments were a reaction to physical and mental exhaustion or a well thought-out and final decision. The outcome of these conversations will impact the future of Lethal Weapon as Fox had been mulling a short — I hear probably two-episode — back order for the series, likely bringing its third season to 15 episodes." Andreeva adds: "It will be hard for the series to survive the exit of both of its leads in short succession, and to justify being called Lethal Weapon without Riggs (Crawford) or Murtaugh (Wayans).
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 3:22PM EDT
Damon Wayans: I'm "done" with Lethal Weapon
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Wayans said in an interview with Electronic Urban Report he'll depart the Fox action series after he's done filming Season 3's initial 13-episode order in December. Wayans insists he's not kidding. "I am going to be quitting the show in December, after we finish the initial 13. So, I really don't know what they're planning but that's what I'm planning," Wayans said. "I'm a 58-year-old diabetic and I'm working 16-hour days." Wayans said he plans to return to the stage and to "try and find my smile again." Lethal Weapon was renewed for Season 3 after Clayne Crawford was fired from the show for abusive behavior. It was later reported that Crawford and Wayans fought on set. Fox declined to comment on Wayans' remarks. Wayans's reps also declined comment.
Posted Tuesday 9/25/18 at 6:56PM EDT
Seann William Scott doesn't want to let anyone down on Lethal Weapon, his first "smart guy" role
Scott, who makes his Lethal Weapon debut tonight, has a reputation for playing immature guys in comedic roles. But he tells ET he hopes playing a former CIA operative on the Fox action drama will showcase a different side of his acting abilities. "Anybody who's hoping that I'll be funny on the show, they won't be disappointed, but it's just a different kind (of humor)," he says. "Also there's a lot of physicality to the part and it's just totally different." Scott says he's "never played a smart guy before," adding: "I'm always nervous. Every project that I do, I always put a lot of pressure on myself and also I love the show. I've never done something where I was a fan of it before and all of a sudden, I get to be a part of it. Being a fan of the show and knowing there are a lot of fans and this is a real big change, I really want to do a good job and not let anyone down. That's pretty much been my mindset the whole time." ALSO: Lethal Weapon's Chandler Kinney says "it’s a totally different dynamic" with Scott's role.
Posted Wednesday 8/29/18 at 10:45AM EDT
Clayne Crawford speaks out about Lethal Weapon firing, describing "blatant f*cking lies"
Source: TV Guide
Crawford said on the Drinkin' Bros. podcast that he has yet to receive a formal call that he has been fired from the Fox drama. "I just didn't think they were going to get rid of me, I guess," he said, according to TV Guide. "And if they did, I thought they'd give me a buzz... just a jangle? Just grab two cans and a string and just be like, 'You're not coming back. We feel like this is the Damon Wayans Show and people just don't like you. So go the f*ck back to Alabama you dumb hick, thanks for playing.'" Crawford said that when news of his on-set clashes first broke, Warner Bros. TV president Peter Roth urged him to apologize publicly to Wayans after he issued a statement apologizing for his bad behavior. Crawford also said that he was being blackmailed with tapes of him calling Wayans the "biggest crybaby p*ssy" and yelling at kids while filming -- tapes that were later published by Variety. "I knew that they were going to release these tapes because they'd been blackmailing me with them for months and months and months, the entire second season," Crawford said. "And I have all the text messages from these people and voicemails from these people saying, 'Obviously you're not the problem, but you've got to get ahead of this because you know they're going to use those tapes against you.'"
Posted Thursday 8/23/18 at 10:35PM EDT
Lethal Weapon introduces Seann William Scott in "New Partner" teaser
Here's the first extended look at Scott as Wesley Cole, Damon Wayans' new partner and Martin Riggs' successor.
Posted Friday 8/17/18 at 6:27PM EDT
Check out Lethal Weapon's official photos of Damon Wayans and Seann William Scott
Source: Us Weekly
The Fox drama has released images from Season 3, including the first official look at Scott as Wes Cole, replacing Clayne Crawford's Martin Riggs.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Here's the first look at Damon Wayans and Seann William Scott teamed up on Lethal Weapon
Source: TV Insider
The first glimpse of the post-Clayne Crawford era of Lethal Weapon shows Wayans' Roger Murtaugh and Scott's Wesley Cole having a beer on the back of a boat that is being towed by a tow truck.
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 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 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 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."