Six days before Fox is set to unveil its fall 2018 lineup, the network is yet to make renewal decisions on its three Warner Bros. TV series, Lethal Weapon, Gotham and Lucifer. As Deadline previously reported, the Season 3 pickup of the strongest of the three, Lethal Weapon, was put in jeopardy by complaints of co-lead Clayne Crawford’s on-set behavior, including two alleged incidents involving him. (Crawford has since put out his side of the story and apologized for “my part of the conflict.”)
As we said in our story, producer Warner Bros. TV had set out to explore potential recasting of the role. Over the past two weeks, the studio has approached a number of actors for the role though noone has been locked in yet. While a recasting would mean a replacement of Crawford, according to sources, he has not yet been formally terminated from the series. (The actor later today confirmed on Instagram that he has not heard from the studio or network about being off the show.) Crawford has been carrying on with his duties — just hours ago he took to Instagram to promote Lethal Weapon‘s Season 2 finale, which airs tonight.
Since Crawford already has fulfilled his filming obligations for Season 2, which wrapped production awhile back, the studio could simply not pick up his option for Season 3, letting it lapse on June 30, instead of moving in to fire him for cause.
A replacement or a list of potential candidates is considered key in WBTV’s efforts to secure a third-season renewal from Fox, something that is up in the air but could be decided in the next few days.
UPDATE: Following the flurry of stories about Crawford’s future on Lethal Weapon this afternoon, including reports that he has been fired, he just tweeted a tongue-in-cheek response, using #LethalWeapon and #Fox. He then reposted the same photo on Instagram with an equally cheeky caption, writing, “No word from Fox or Warner Bros. I hope I’m not fired!! Dang.”. Here are them both: