For the past few weeks, the rumors around FOX where that the network would either cancel the hit series “Lethal Weapon,” or replace the lead-actor Clayne Crawford. It seems FOX has decided to do the latter, and Seann William Scott has landed his first-ever network series role.
According to reports, Crawford was let go because of alleged “emotional abuse” of the cast and crew. As the show got closer to cancellation, Crawford took to Instagram to apologize, but blamed his behaviour on the alleged safety hazards on set. As for Warner Bros. Television, the studio simply said in a statement, “Warner Bros. Television has decided not to renew Clayne Crawford’s contract for Lethal Weapon”. No other official details were given at this time.
It’s a bad time for Crawford to be forced out, “Lethal Weapon” is averaging over 8.6M viewers an episode. The show is based on the hit movie franchise, and stars Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp, Kevin Rahm, Jordana Brewster, Johnathan Fernandez, Dante Brown, Chandler Kinney and Michelle Mitchenor.
Getting back to the show, FOX has officially ordered a third season of the hit action-drama, that renewal confirmation came from Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. In the third season, series star Damon Wayans will be joined by Seann William Scott (the “American Pie” franchise”), who will play a new character who folds into a partnership with Murtaugh (Wayans).
“Seann is a fantastic addition to this already amazing cast,” said Thorn. “LETHAL WEAPON is packed with action, drama and pure fun and we can’t wait to see Damon and Seann together on screen. Matt Miller, his incredible team and everyone at Warner Bros. have been tremendous partners, and we’re thrilled to bring this show back for another season.”
Seann William Scott is best known for his lead role in the “American Pie” movie franchise, and has starred in countless major comedy films, such as “Road Trip,” “Role Models,” “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “The Rundown” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?” He also starred in “Goon 2: Last of the Enforcers” and “Just Before I Go” which was directed by Courteney Cox. He also has a great moment in FX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” where he plays ‘Country Mac’ for just one episode.
“Lethal Weapon” is a production of Warner Bros. Television in association with Lin Pictures and Good Session Productions. Matt Miller, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz and McG serve as executive producers. The pilot was written by Miller and directed by McG.