Media outlets are reporting that the Lethal Weapon series has been renewed for a third season at Fox, as well as announcing that Seann William Scott will be replacing Clayne Crawford in the lead role for the upcoming season.
Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn, had this to say about the casting announcement:
Seann is a fantastic addition to this already amazing cast. 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.
The reports state that Seann William Scott will be playing a new character who will be partnered with Damon Wayans’ Murtaugh. Renewal for the series seemed like a sure thing until in late April was reported that chances of a third season were in limbo due to alleged incidents involving Crawford and on-set tension between him and Damon Wayans. In response to the alleged incidents involving Crawford, he admitted to being reprimanded over two incidents in a post on Instagram.
It was then reported that the actor involved in the shrapnel accident on set was Damon Wayans. The episode was behind because Wayans had called in sick the first day and was sent home the next day after he was hit by shrapnel and when he returned on set he ‘set limitations to what he was willing to do in the episode, even if it was in the script, including not holding a gun or running down stairs, citing safety concerns’. This lead to a confrontation between the two, with Crawford allegedly using ‘strong words’ on how he felt about Wayans. The incident was raised way to the high ranks of Warner Bros. TV and while the episode was completed, the relationship between the two main stairs suffered irreparable damage, as the two had stopped speaking to each other.
In the Deadline report on this renewal/casting news, sources told them that Warner Bros. TV deciding to replace Crawford was not made lightly, as it could’ve jeopardised the future of a series that is a profit-generator for the studio, and it stems from the studio’s zero tolerance policy on behaviour that is deemed inappropriate.