Airs: Wednesdays 8/7c on FOX
Movies converted to TV shows have struggled in recent years. I mean, sure, M*A*S*H did pretty well for itself, but that might be stretching the definition of “recent.” Lethal Weapon attempts to correct this by taking the script from the movie and using it as the pilot episode.
If you’ve seen the movie, you know that Riggs loses his wife and has a death wish, so he is completely reckless. Murtogh (played well by Damon Wayans) is a bit different though – he isn’t too old for this [stuff] as Danny Glover is in the original. The plot was nearly identical to the movie (if I am remembering correctly).
Given the similarities to the original, I will have to watch a few more episodes to determine if the writers have any original ideas or if they are relying completely on the script. If the second episode opens with a bomb on Murtogh’s toilet, we will know that they will scrape the bottom of the barrel by the fourth episode.
WWYT Rating: 6.5 (pending further review)
Nielsen Rating: 2.2 Leading in to Empire is just a golden timeslot. If the ratings hold it will stay. Chance of renewal 65% (unchanged)