5:05pm PT by Rick Porter
'Lethal Weapon' Extended for 2 More Episodes, Damon Wayans on Board
Fox has picked up two more episodes of its drama Lethal Weapon — with star Damon Wayans set to be part of it — to bring the season total to 15, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The inclusion of Wayans in the extra episodes is no small thing: The actor said earlier this month that he would leave the show when its 13-episode order for season three wrapped.
"I am going to be quitting the show in December, after we finish the initial 13. So, I really don't know what they're planning but that's what I'm planning," he told Electronic Urban Report on Oct. 3. "I'm a 58-year-old diabetic and I'm working 16-hour days."
Sources say Wayans has in recent days also talked with producers about tweaks to the shooting schedule and having diabetic meals on set for him (accommodating special diet needs for actors is a pretty common thing on sets). Following that, the star has left open, at least to a degree, the possibility of returning should Fox decide to order a fourth season.
No such discussions have taken place yet, given that the current TV season is less than a month old.
A 15-episode season had been Fox's plan since the start of the season, but the network initially ordered 13 episodes from producer Warner Bros. TV following a huge shake-up at the end of season two.
Wayans' original co-star, Clayne Crawford, was fired from the show in May just ahead of the network announcing its 2018-19 schedule. Warner Bros. cut Crawford from the series following two on-set incidents for which the actor was reprimanded. The show then cast Seann William Scott in a new role to star alongside Wayans.
Season one of Lethal Weapon ran 18 episodes, and season two went for 22.
The series is averaging a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.17 million viewers in live-plus-same-day ratings so far, down from a 1.1 rating and 4.12 million viewers at the same time last season. After three days of delayed viewing, the first two episodes grew by an average 50 percent in adults 18-49 (to a 1.2 rating) and 62 percent in viewers (to 5.35 million).
Deadline first reported the extra episodes.