Thursday, September 22, 2016

FOX's Lethal Weapon

Matt Miller (of ABC's Forever and NBC's Chuck) is behind the TV adaptation of the Lethal Weapon franchise. The characters are tweaked in ways that seem minor in the pilot: TV's Riggs is a Texan former Navy SEAL whose dead wife is named Miranda. Feature film Riggs was Army Special Forces with a dead wife named Victoria.

Clayne Crawford as Riggs and Damon Wayans as Murtaugh aren't Gibson and Glover, but they are likable enough for me. I had previously seen Crawford on NCIS: New Orleans as LaSalle's bipolar brother, Cade.

Just as the Lethal Weapon movies remain a cut above the Rush Hour movies, TV's Lethal has an edge on CBS's Rush Hour, canceled last season. Its challenge is balancing breakneck action scenes and more leisured scenes, such as those with the Murtaugh family.

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