Matt Miller, the creator of Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” series, has inked a new exclusive multiyear overall deal with Warner Bros. TV, a person with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.
Miller is also a co-creator of NBC sitcom “Trial & Error,” which we learned last week is currently being shopped by WBTV to other platforms. Season 2 of the low-rated comedy is currently toiling away in the hot (and lightly viewed) summer months, and the deadline for NBC to renew or cancel the comedy has passed. They could still bring it back though — if NBC wants to and is the highest bidder.
Under terms of his new deal, Miller will continue to develop new drama and comedy series for the studio.
“Lethal Weapon” has been a nice, steady ratings getter for Fox. The dramedy faced cancellation however, due to the on-set behavior of star Clayne Crawford. Eventually, WB fired Crawford for his antics, recasting “American Pie” alum Seann William Scott in a new lead role opposite the returning Damon Wayans.
Miller’s relationship with Warner Bros. Television dates all the way back to 2007, when he wrote on “Chuck.” Other credits from the partnership include word on “Human Target,” “666 Park Avenue,” “The 100” and “Forever.”
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Actor Seann William Scott took over the role of Martin Riggs for the show's third season, which got the green light from Fox on May 13. A representative from Warner Bros. Television said the studio "decided not to renew Clayne Crawford’s contract for ‘Lethal Weapon'" after reports of bad behavior on set, described as "complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment."
Crawford apologized last month and wished the "Lethal Weapon" team luck on their third season without him. “To my cast and crew – CONGRATULATIONS on season 3!” Crawford wrote. “To the Fans – Thank you for the overwhelming support and love. Riggs was a dream role and the experience will live with me forever. My heart is full. Good Luck nxt season!!” he said on Instagram over the weekend.
"I take great pride in treating everyone in life with dignity and kindness," the 40-year-old actor said in April. "I am very grateful for my job, and I work extremely hard at it. I have a responsibility to do good work for my coworkers, my family, and my home state, and most especially for the fans. I hope they will stick with me and stick with the show."
Fox bosses said the decision to move ahead with a new season without Crawford was not their decision, but that of Warner Bros.
"Ultimately, our partners at Warner Bros. come to us about three weeks ago to tell us that they could not deliver ‘Lethal Weapon’ as we’ve known it before, that there were some real challenges in the cast. They thought long and hard about it. I know that was not their first choice,” said Dana Walden, Chairmen and CEO, Fox Television Group.