The third season of Lethal Weapon has been given an extra two episodes upping its run from thirteen to fifteen installments with Damon Wayans remaining onboard, for now. Earlier this month, Damon Wayans revealed that he was planning to leave the hit series following the conclusion of the third season.
“I’m going to be quitting the show in December after we finish the initial 13. So I really don’t know what they’re planning, but that’s what I’m planning. I’m a 58-year-old diabetic, and I’m working 16-hour days.”
Naturally, this announcement came as a surprise to fans, even more so for the network and producers who had no idea that this was what Wayans wanted. New cast member Seann William Scott seems to be settling into the role as Murtaugh's new partner Wesley Cole. Shortly after production started on season three, Wayans commented that the set was "a lot lighter" without former co-star Clayne Crawford.
“We’re only the first (episode) in but it is definitely a lot lighter in tone, and we are having fun, on and offset. It’s just a lot looser; nobody’s overthinking, just doing and having fun doing."
According to Deadline, Wayans has now spoken with producers to tweak the shooting schedule to allow for less exhaustive days on set. Deadline also confirms that Wayans is open to the idea of continuing with the show should it be picked up for a fourth season. Production on season three will now conclude early in the new year instead of December now that there are two extra episodes to film. We'll have to wait and see if these bonus installments will serve as Murtaugh's exit, but at least Wayans is sticking with the show for a bit longer.
UK fans can catch season three on ITV1 later this year.