While a lead-out to a giant hit like Empire might be a more coveted position, FOX none-the-less is showing confidence in Lethal Weapon, the film-to-TV adaptation that they'll pair with the hit as its lead-in this fall. The series will start airing late September.
Lethal Weapon is one of many film-to-TV adaptations coming this fall. MacGyver was picked up to series on CBS, which also launched a Rush Hour series this Spring. The Exorcist is also coming to FOX, airing on Fridays after reality show Hell's Kitchen (get it?!).
Official descriptions from the press release follow:
Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, Academy Award-nominated "The Exorcist" terrified audiences around the world. Now, more than four decades later, THE EXORCIST returns as a contemporary psychological TV thriller following two very different priests tackling one family's case of terrifying demonic possession. Directed by Rupert Wyatt ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes"), the series stars Alfonso Herrera ("Sense8," "The Chosen"), Ben Daniels ("Flesh and Bone," "House of Cards") and Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis ("Commander in Chief," "Thelma & Louise").
Based on the hit movie franchise of the same name, LETHAL WEAPON follows iconic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. From the moment the brash and impulsive MARTIN RIGGS (Clayne Crawford, "Rectify") meets prudent, by-the-book ROGER MURTAUGH (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, Sr., "My Wife and Kids," "In Living Color"), it seems as if this partnership is doomed. But after their first case together, both realize this arrangement might just work out after all – if only Riggs doesn't get them killed first.