Amidst recent drama from the set of Fox’s Lethal Weapon involving Clayne Crawford, the network has opted to not renew the actor’s contract. They announced today that Seann William Scott (American Pie) has been signed as his replacement.
The announcement was made in connection with the series renewal for a third season. This comes a day before Fox is ready to announce it’s 2018 Fall lineup. Lethal Weapon has been one of the highest rated dramas for the network and appeared to be a no-brainer renewal until Crawford’s outbursts.
The season 2 finale ended with a cliffhanger that left open the possibility of Crawford not returning. Scott will be added as a new partner for Damon Wayans’ Murtaugh. Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn noted, “Lethal Weapon is packed with action, drama and pure fun and we can’t wait to see Damon and Seann together on screen.”
Several actors took to Twitter voicing their support for Crawford and disappointment with the network’s decision.
Clayne is a passionate, talented & caring artist. One of my fondest memories in my entire acting career is playing his father in the Sundance series @Rectify for 4 seasons as well as becoming friends. I look forward to hopefully work with @ClayneCrawford again…if I get lucky. https://t.co/fIFcRmFdrh
— Bruce McKinnon (@Bruce_McKinnon) May 12, 2018
The actor graciously acknowledged the outpouring of support.
Thank you brother! https://t.co/jtC0jgON7i
— Clayne Crawford (@ClayneCrawford) May 13, 2018
Reportedly other actors were approached within the last few weeks regarding the role with Scott coming out on top. This will be his first foray into network television. Scott is best known for roles in American Pie and the recent Super Troopers 2. Lethal Weapon is based on the movie franchise of the same name. It also stars Wayans, Keesha Sharp, Jordana Brewster, and Chandler Kinney.