Lethal Weapon has gone from being in serious jeopardy to scoring a surprise season three renewal thanks to a shrewd re-casting.
Fox officially picked up Lethal Weapon Season 3 with American Pie and Goon actor Seann William Scott replacing embattled Riggs actor Clayne Crawford. However, Scott won’t be stepping into the role of Riggs (as portrayed by Mel Gibson in the original film series). Instead, he’s playing an entirely new character, named Wesley Cole. Damon Wayans remains on board as the other half of the police partnership.
Lethal Weapon Season 3 Episodes
Lethal Weapon Season 3 Episode 1: In the Same Boat
Former international CIA operative Wesley Cole returns home and becomes Murtaugh’s partner on the force; Avery continues his campaign for city council.
air date: 9/25/18
Lethal Weapon Season 3 Episode 2: Need to Know
Murtaugh and Cole try to find their stride as they work to solve the murder of a finance executive; Cole navigates his role with his ex, Natalie, and his daughter, Maya; Avery grapples with the outcome of his campaign for city council.
air date: 10/2/18
Lethal Weapon Season 3 Episode 3: A Whole Lotto Trouble
Cole and Murtaugh try to balance their family lives with their efforts to bust a gang running a lottery scam.
air date: 10/9/18
Lethal Weapon Season 3 Episode 4: Leo Getz Justice
Cole and Murtaugh look back on past mistakes as Leo Getz returns as the attorney on their latest case.
air date: 10/16/18
Lethal Weapon Season 3 Episode 5: Get the Picture
A truck filled with fine art is robbed; Cole deals with lingering feelings for Natalie; Riana blackmails Murtaugh into letting her go to a concert after she catches him in a lie.
air date: 10/30/18
Lethal Weapon Season 3 Episode 6: Panama
Cole confronts his past when his former mentor, Tom Barnes, delivers alarming news; Cole and Murtaugh investigate a robbery of safe deposit boxes; Murtaugh clashes with Trish’s new client and enlists Bailey to help investigate her.
air date: 11/6/18
Lethal Weapon Season 3 Episode 7: Bali
Murtaugh turns to Cole’s former mentor, Tom Barnes, for help on a high-stakes cartel case; Murtaugh and Trish meet Natalie and Maya for the first time; tensions mount between Bailey and “The Gute,” as the new partners begin to work together.
air date: 11/13/18
Lethal Weapon Season 3 Episode 8: What the Puck
Cole wants to talk to Natalie about their relationship; Murtaugh finds an unlikely friend.
air date: 11/27/18
Lethal Weapon Season 3 Episode 9: Bad Santas
While Cole gets into the holiday spirit for his first Christmas with Maya, Murtaugh hopes he can convince RJ to come back home from Costa Rica for the holidays; Cole and Murtaugh are saddled with a complicated burglary and home invasion case.
air date: 12/4/18
Lethal Weapon Season 3 Episode 10: There Will Be Bud
Cole finds himself on the rebound after Natalie’s engagement; Murtaugh worries about the connection between the murder he’s investigating and a new opportunity for Trish to serve as co-counsel on a high-profile lawsuit with Leo Getz.
air date: 1/1/19
Lethal Weapon Season 3 Episode 11: Dial M for Murtaugh
Murtaugh takes a family vacation but is pulled back into work when he witnesses an alleged abduction; Erica’s mother comes to town and stirs things up.
air date: 1/8/19
Lethal Weapon Season 3 Episode 12: The Roger and Me
Murtaugh and Cole investigate the murder of an underground MMA fighter; Trish is unfulfilled by her practice and considers running for public office; Cole and Erica try to keep things casual and uncomplicated, but their plan backfires.
air date: 1/15/19
Lethal Weapon Season 3 Episode 13: Coyote Ugly
When Cole and Murtaugh investigate a case involving a father and daughter crossing the Mexican border, they end up uncovering a major issue with California Boarder Patrol; Trish prepares her campaign for D.A.
air date: 2/5/19
Lethal Weapon Season 3 Episode 14: A Game of Chicken
Against Murtaugh’s advice, Cole reaches out to Tom Barnes for help with a case that hits close to home; Murtaugh and Cole’s partnership is put to the test; Trish prepares to announce her campaign for district attorney.
air date: 2/19/19
Lethal Weapon Season 3 Episode 15: The Spy Who Loved Me
Cole is investigated by the FBI, forcing Murtaugh to question his loyalty to his own partner; Cole works a case that puts Natalie’s fiance into the cross-hairs right before their wedding day.
air date: 2/26/19
Lethal Weapon Season 3 Cast
“Seann is a fantastic addition to this already amazing cast,” Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn said in a statement. “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.”
Lethal Weapon is a reliable performer for Fox but the show’s future was cloudy due to some behind the scenes issues revolving around Crawford.
According to an earlier report from Deadline, cast and crew had complained about Crawford’s “emotional abuse” and him creating a “hostile environment” on set. Crawford’s behavior has led to other actors feeling uncomfortable with him continuing in the role.
Crawford did issue an apology to the cast and crew via Instagram, but it was too late. Word broke back in early May that Crawford had officially been fired.
Crawford, 40, is best known for his role in Rectify. His other credits include turns in 24, Jericho, and CSI: New Orleans.
Lethal Weapon is the Fox’s No. 2 returning drama behind Empire. Based on the film series starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, Lethal Weapon is averaging more than 8 million viewers on multi-platform viewing.
The show has done a solid job securing Crawford’s replacement. Scott has a legitimately deep and impressive film resume and brings an appropriate level of star power and charm to a show that needed to find exactly that and at the last minute. The network upfronts in which networks meet with advertisers are next week and Fox just resurrected its second most watched drama from the dead.
Lethal Weapon Season 3 Trailer
Check out the first trailer introducing Seann William Scott as the new partner!
Lethal Weapon Season 3 Story
Fox’s TCA party event, held in early August at West Hollywood’s Soho House, yielded intriguing details about the awkward task ahead for Lethal Weapon Season 3. There’s a lot to handle in the aftermath of the highly-publicized ousting of co-star Clayne Crawford, who played the role of Martin Riggs, the unstable “lethal weapon” to which the very title of the show and original film series refers.
First and foremost, Season 2’s cliffhanger-style ending, which saw Crawford’s Riggs shot (by his half-brother, no less,) is not quite a cliffhanger. That’s because co-star Damon Wayans is seemingly confirming that Riggs is dead! As Wayans describes (via THR) of the state of his character, Murtaugh, in the beginning of Season 3:
“Right now, Murtaugh is mourning the death of his friend, so he’s not that happy, silly Murtaugh.”
However, Wayans reveals that Seann William Scott’s new character, Wesley Cole, will breathe new life into Murtaugh’s melancholy, stating, “He’s the light that Murtaugh needs to be pulled back out of that dark place.”
Indeed, Wayans claims that the new dynamic with Scott yields a smoother process than the controversial (purportedly dangerous) shoots with Crawford, stating, “It’s a lot looser. Nobody is overthinking; we’re just doing and we’re having fun trying to get home.”
Of course, some aspects of the buddy cop show formula will remain consistent, since Scott’s Wesley Cole – like Crawford’s Riggs – is ex-military, a background that will keep the traditional oil-and-water dynamic in place. However, rather than manifesting as a nihilistic, booze-guzzling trailer-dweller with a death wish, Scott’s Cole is a parent to a young child and his arc will center on his tenuous relationship with his estranged baby mama in ex-military medic Dr. Natalie Flynn, played by Maggie Lawson (Psych).
Wayans apparently harbors no lingering ill feelings for Crawford, stating of his exiting co-star, “I wish him the best. Onward and upward for everybody.”
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