After a few weeks of keeping audiences in the dark as to what the plan was for the future, Fox has officially announced that their TV adaptation of the hit buddy cop comedy, Lethal Weapon, will return for a second season as first reported by THR
The series follows Martin Riggs, a reckless and unpredictable transfer from Texas, and Roger Murtaugh, a senior detective in the LAPD still recovering from a heart attack, as the two are partnered together to solve various crimes around the City of Angels.
Remaining faithful to the film in both its humor and explosive action, the series has been a big success for the network since its premiere September, earning an average of nine million viewers per week just through live and recorded airings and holding a 91% approval rating from audiences on review aggregate website, Rotten Tomatoes.
After receiving a full season order of 18 episodes within two weeks of premiering, the show continued to receive strong ratings, but still went without any news of renewal or cancellation as it neared its season finale. Fans can now rejoice, as not only has the series been renewed for a second season, but it will be a full 22-episode season, giving fans more of the comedic chemistry of Riggs and Murtaugh. There is one thing that will be important to keep in mind going into the finale and hiatus.
What Lies Ahead For Our Detectives?
Though the series has taken a looser approach to adapting the film for the small screen, which in itself was a fairly procedural series, there are still a number of things we can see crossover into the show in big ways. In last week's episode, audiences were reintroduced to Leo Getz — played by Joe Pesci in the movies — the weaselly lawyer with mob ties who meets the pair after nearly being killed by people he's working for.
The episode ended with the three parting ways, but with Murtaugh's wife's, who just recently quit her job at a law firm, photo on a bus advertisement next to Getz. While this could be played off as a simple one-time joke, it could actually be a very fun way to incorporate more of Getz, who was portrayed brilliantly by Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!) , into the series.
In addition, it would also be interesting to see a deeper dive into Riggs' grief in losing his wife and future child. Though the series has been good at dealing with it here and there, it would be unique to see a story arc in the second season dealing with his sadness and seeing it crossover into the field a little more.
Lethal Weapon airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox. Viewers can also catch up on the series on Fox Now. How do you feel about the series renewal? Are you looking forward to more of the hilarity and thrilling action? Let us know in the comments below!
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)