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"Lethal Weapon" review by Suzanne 9/23/16
Airs Wednesdays, 8/7c on FOX

I really enjoyed the first episode of this show, and I'll probably keep watching it. It's been a long time since I watched the movies, but it seems to go along with them as far as the characters, from what I can remember. It has plenty of high energy and action. You know, bombs exploding, car chases, shootings, etc. But it's all done in a very fun way, for the most part. It's not what I would call hard-to-watch or exceedingly violent like a lot of shows today.

Damon Wayans stars as the Danny Glover character, Detective Roger Murtaugh. He's just returning to duty after having a heart attack, so he's trying to take it easy and stay healthy, and avoid stress (which is difficult to do as a cop, especially on TV!).  He has a nice family.  Wayans is funny as always but also shows his acting ability.

Clayne Crawford, who's most known for his starring role in "Rectify" on Sundance, plays the Mel Gibson character, Detective Martin Riggs. He has a really wide range as an actor and will grab your heart right away. It certainly doesn't help that he's so good looking. He reminds me of a combination of Heath Ledger and Josh Henderson.

Just like in the movies, Riggs is a crazy, hard-drinking, risk-taker (the TV focuses a lot on why he does that, much more than the movies did, as I recall).  They make him much more like a troubled guy who kind of does want to kill himself. We find out why in the first episode when his wife and child are killed.

It's great to see Mad Men's Kevin Rahm again, as Murtaugh's former partner, now Captain, in charge of these two.

The two make great partners and have a lot of chemistry. You want to make sure to check it out. Not all TV reboots are as good as this one.

 

MORE INFORMATION:

LETHAL WEAPON
(Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT)

Combining action and drama with ride-or-die friendship and humor, LETHAL WEAPON reimagines the hit movie franchise, as it follows classic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, who work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles.  

Grief-stricken after the loss of his young wife and unborn child, ex-Navy SEAL-turned-detective MARTIN RIGGS (Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”) moves to California to “start over” at the LAPD. He’s paired up with ROGER MURTAUGH (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, “My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”), who’s just coming back to the job after a near-fatal heart attack. Riggs’ penchant for diving headfirst into the line of fire immediately clashes with Murtaugh’s prudent, by-the-book technique. 

When CAPTAIN BROOKS AVERY (Kevin Rahm, “Mad Men”) assigns them their first case together, Riggs drags Murtaugh into a high-speed chase culminating inside the Long Beach Grand Prix and a seaport shootout with drug dealers – and despite his protests, the older cop feels more alive than he has in years. Meanwhile, Riggs gets a glimpse of why Murtaugh is so determined to get home safely at the end of each day – he’s got a wife, TRISH (Keesha Sharp, “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story”), teenagers ROGER, JR. (Dante Brown, “Mr. Robinson”) and RIANA (newcomer Chandler Kinney) and a newborn baby. 

Riggs’ life-on-the-edge attitude makes him a priority case for the department’s psychologist, DR. MAUREEN “MO” CAHILL (Jordana Brewster, “Furious 7”). Rounding out the precinct is SCORSESE (Johnathan Fernandez, “Girls,” “Younger”), a pathologist with the LAPD who got his nickname after a stint in film school, which no one will let him forget.

By the time their first investigation ends, Riggs realizes he may have found something worth living for – a partner and friend, Murtaugh. And even Murtaugh figures this arrangement might just work out after all. If only Riggs doesn’t get them killed first… 

LETHAL WEAPON is a production of Warner Bros. Television in association with Lin Pictures and Good Session Productions. Matt Miller (“Forever,” “The 100”), Dan Lin (“The LEGO Movie,” “Sherlock Holmes”), Jennifer Gwartz (“Forever,” “Veronica Mars”) and McG (“The Mysteries of Laura,” “The O.C.,” “Charlie’s Angels”) serve as executive producers. The pilot was written by Miller and directed by McG. “Like” LETHAL WEAPON on Facebook at facebook.com/LethalWeaponFOX/. Follow the series on Twitter @LethalWeaponFOX and join the discussion at #LethalWeapon. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @LethalWeaponFOX.

LETHAL WEAPON - Fact Sheet

ON AIR:

Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT

ORIGINATION:

Los Angeles, CA

CONCEPT:

Combining action and drama with ride-or-die friendship and humor, LETHAL WEAPON reimagines the hit movie franchise, as it follows classic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, who work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles.

SERIES PREMIERE:

Sept. 21, 2016

STARRING:

Damon Wayans (Roger Murtaugh)
Clayne Crawford (Martin Riggs)
Kevin Rahm (Captain Brooks Avery)
Jordana Brewster (Dr. Maureen “Mo” Cahill)
Keesha Sharp (Trish Murtaugh)
Chandler Kinney (Riana Murtaugh)
Dante Brown (Roger Murtaugh, Jr.)
Johnathan Fernandez (Scorsese)

PRODUCED BY:

Warner Bros. Television
Lin Pictures
Good Session Productions

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:

Matt Miller
Dan Lin
Jennifer Gwartz
McG

WRITER:

Matt Miller

DIRECTOR:

McG

FOX WEBSITE/APP:

fox.com/lethal-weapon / FOX NOW

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook: Lethal Weapon FOX
Twitter: @LethalWeaponFOX / #LethalWeapon
Instagram: @LethalWeaponFOX

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