ITV, which hasn’t had a successful set of recent acquisitions, has snapped up the UK rights to the TV series of Lethal Weapon. Pushing Daisies didn’t do well on ITV’s flagship channel, and neither did The Americans, although that was and still is a quality show. So it’s a bit of a surprise that the channel will be showing Lethal Weapon.
The new series is based on the hit movie franchise from the 1980s and tells the story of the classic cop duo Riggs (Clayne Crawford) and Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles.
Family man and by-the-book LAPD Detective Roger Murtaugh (Wayans) is back to work after a near fatal heart attack – and his doctor has told him he needs to keep his stress levels under control. That might not be so easy given that he’s been paired with ex-Navy SEAL-turned-detective Martin Riggs (Crawford), who has moved to California for a new start at the LAPD.
During their first case, hot-headed Riggs drags conventional cop Murtaugh on a freeway chase and into a shootout with drug dealers; despite his protests, the older cop feels more alive than he has in years. Meanwhile, Riggs gets a glimpse of why Murtaugh is so determined to get home safely at the end of each day – he has a family and a newborn baby. And Murtaugh finds out what happened to Riggs’ marriage, that he sadly lost his young wife and unborn child, and his devil-may-care-attitude hides his grief.
By the time their investigation ends, Riggs realises he may have found something worth living for – a partner and friend in Murtaugh. Even Murtaugh figures this arrangement might just work out after all. If only Riggs doesn’t get them killed first….
In addition to Wayans and Crawford, Lethal Weapon stars Kevin Rahm (Mad Men), Jordana Brewster (The Fast and the Furious films), Keesha Sharp (Are We There Yet?), Dante Brown (Mr. Robinson), Chandler Kinney (Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street) and Johnathan Fernandez (Upright Citizens Brigade).
Lethal Weapon will be broadcast in the US autumn, so the hope is that it will soon follow here. More news when we get it…