10:15am PT by Kate Stanhope
Fox's 'Lethal Weapon' Renewed for Season 2
Fox is bringing back another one of its first-year series.
A day after renewing freshman comedy The Mick, the network also has handed a season-two pickup to Lethal Weapon. The drama will be back for a 22-episode second season.
"Lethal Weapon continues to fire on all cylinders," network entertainment president David Madden said Wednesday in a statement. "Every week, it delivers a big, fun roller-coaster ride, but also remains touchingly human and genuinely emotional, and that’s due to the chemistry that’s developed not only between Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford, but the entire cast. We want to thank our producing partners, Warner Bros., as well as Matt Miller, McG, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz, who have done a fantastic job in crafting a series for which a second-season order is well deserved."
Loosely inspired by the film franchise starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, the Lethal Weapon series again follows Riggs (Crawford), coming back to work after the loss of his wife and unborn child, and Murtaugh (Wayans), recovering from a heart attack, as they partner up to work the beat in modern-day Los Angeles.
Fox's first freshman series of the 2016-17 season to earn a full-season order, Lethal Weapon debuted as the network's highest-rated fall premiere in two years. The show has remained a solid performer this season, most recently pulling a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. The series, which averages 11 million viewers across multiple platforms, currently ranks among the top five first-year shows on the Big Four.
In addition to The Mick, Lethal Weapon also joins renewed Fox series Empire, The Simpsons and Lucifer, the latter of which also hails from Warner Bros. TV. The studio is also behind Batman drama Gotham, which is currently in its third season on Fox.