ITV Loads Up 'Lethal Weapon' Series

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'Lethal Weapon'

The deal marks the return of acquired content to the primetime schedule of the U.K. broadcaster.

The U.K. may have considerably tighter gun laws than the U.S., but that hasn't stopped ITV from picking up the upcoming Lethal Weapon TV series.

Due to air stateside on Fox starting in September, the show is based on the movie franchise and stars Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans in the roles made famous by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.

Lethal Weapon was picked up from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution in a move ITV said marked the return of acquired content to its primetime schedule.

The deal was brokered by Sasha Breslau, the U.K. network's head of acquired series, and Jonathan Vandermeer, controller of acquisitions, rights and regulatory.

“We’re absolutely delighted to be bringing Lethal Weapon to our main channel," ITV's director of television Kevin Lygo said Monday in a statement. "It’s rare that we find an acquisition with that sweet-spot potential — the best production values and hugely entertaining drama, that we think can appeal to the biggest and broadest audiences and take up a place in ITV primetime. We saw Lethal Weapon and were immediately excited by what it could add to the ITV schedule, and we’re really looking forward to bringing the series to U.K. viewers."

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