Lethal Weapon Renewed by FOX; Seann William Scott to Replace Clayne Crawford

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Former Lethal Weapon star Clayne Crawford has broken his silence after being fired from the Fox and Warner Bros.

Rather than replace Crawford's Riggs character, the series will opt to write Scott in as a new character who will be partnered with Damon Wayans' Murtaugh.

Getting back to the show, FOX has officially ordered a third season of the hit action-drama, that renewal confirmation came from Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. He is to play a new character opposite series regular Damon Wayans in the series based on the film franchise of the same name.

"Seann is a fantastic addition to this already wonderful cast", said Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn in the announcement.

Last week it was revealed that Fox and producers Warner Bros.

Crawford admitted to being disciplined over two on-set incidents involving outbursts, giving his side of the story and apologizing for "my part of the conflict".

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"Furthermore, I apologize to all the crew and cast for any negative attention 'Lethal Weapon" is receiving because of these incidents'. His casting was sealed after he met with Wayans over the weekend.

Studio Warner Bros. issued a statement declaring Crawford's contract was not picked up for the third season.

"We. Are. Back. #LethalWeapon has been renewed for Season 3 and we're SO EXCITED to welcome Seann William Scott to our Lethal family!"

Lethal Weapon also stars Keesha Sharp as Trish Murtaugh, Chandler Kinney as Riana Murtaugh, Dante Brown as Roger Murtaugh Jr., Jordana Brewster as Dr. Maureen "Mo" Cahill, Michelle Mitchenor as Sonya Bailey and Johnathan Fernandez as Scorsese. In multi-platform average audience, Lethal Weapon averages 8.7 million (+105% vs. Live+Same Day), and is Fox's No. 2 returning drama behind Empire. It seems FOX has made a decision to do the latter, and Seann William Scott has landed his first-ever network series role.

The action drama is executive produced by Matt Miller, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz and McG.

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