Fox orders more episodes of the new series.
October 12, 2016
Fox has issued an order for five additional episodes of Lethal Weapon, making it the first new fall series on the network to earn what amounts to a full-season pickup. The dramatic comedy, which is based on the hit film franchise of the same name, is three episodes into its freshman run and off to a solid start as a lead-in to flagship series Empire on Wednesday nights. Today's pickup increases the number of Season 1 episodes to 18.
Lethal Weapon is one of the latest attempts at bringing movie-adapted fare to network prime time. Today's full-season order is a positive sign that this could be one of the rare entries to escape an early demise that has befallen other big-screen-based series such as Rush Hour, Limitless, Minority Report, and Uncle Buck - all of which only lasted one season or less before getting the axe.
While TV shows based on movies tend to have better odds on cable, broadcast networks seem to have more trouble getting it right. Whether Lethal Weapon will earn that elusive second season will depend on how its ratings fare over the coming months.
10/13/16 at 01:04pm
i didnt think it was going to like this show.
i was pleasantly surprised it is great.
10/13/16 at 02:03am
How many damn versions of Steve do we have commenting here????
(I changed mine to Steven S. but maybe I should have picked Mel or Martin or Sal or Jimi.)
10/13/16 at 01:55am
I've watched two of the three episodes (?) and I like it but I could see it faultering if they don't change things up. (I hated the opening scenes.) The Mel Gibson character will get old fast if they continue making him a crude boozing lout. Neither will the Danny Glover character hold up if the family thing gets overdone, although it too, is working so far. So I worry the writing will stick too close to the theme they've already established and our buddy cops won't stay lovable. The show will need to morph a bit, and expand. The personas are good but they might have to get just a touch more serious and real in order to remain fun. (Fingers are crossed.)
10/12/16 at 10:07pm
I was one of those who dismissed this show as a dud when I first heard about it, but watched the premiere to "confirm that I see right," but I was so wrong. Like the MacGyver reboot it is a great show once you suspend belief and just watch it for the sheer enrertainment it is. I am very impressed with Clayne Crawford in a leading role after seeing him on Leverage years back. Never doubted Damon Wayans could pull his role off.
10/12/16 at 09:01pm
This show has been fun. I know pretty literally nothing about the movie so I wasn't really interested, especially since movies into tv rarely goes well. But I watched a couple and I'm loving it so far.
10/12/16 at 07:55pm
I actually really like this show it's funny and has me wondering what's going to happen next happy with a full season
10/12/16 at 05:38pm
I totally wrote this show off the second it was announced, 3 episodes later I am eating crow and cant wait for the next episode. This show is great, its funny, cleaver and feels just like the movies. How could I have ever doubted Damon Wayans?
10/12/16 at 05:30pm
I honestly thought this show would be the first to get the axe, not the other way around. I could not care less for this show. I actually tried. I spent like five minutes thinking "is there any way I could express even less enthusiasm for this program?" and I came up empty.
10/12/16 at 04:52pm
Love the show glad it got picked up for a full season
10/12/16 at 03:16pm
That is NOT me who posted earlier. ------------
This started strong, but I was tuned out at the end of episode 3. I can see why others like it. More power to them. I got turned off by the "start each episode with emotional drama" then "end each episode with emotional drama". The 32 minutes in-between is pretty good. Just wish they wouldn't use the standard network buddy-cop show formula for it. They are trying, I can see that. I just think they've switched the start/end segments from "story cliffhanger" to "emotional hanger". The crime-fighting is good, characters are good. But to be honest... I could not possibly care less how Riggs deals with his emotional trauma.
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