Two of Fox’s most popular TV shows have been cancelled, and we can’t help but wonder what was the reason behind their cancellation!
The year 2019 brought an end to the two most well-acclaimed shows on Fox, ‘Gotham’ and ‘Lethal Weapon’. While fans were awaiting the renewal of both the series, the creators of the show decided to pull them off. Speculations have linked the cancellation of ‘Lethal Weapon’ to some on-set controversies and ‘Gotham’ to its fall in the ratings. But is this the real reason why the two shows didn’t renew for another season? Well, you will have to read ahead to find out more.
- Was the fate of ‘Gotham’ dependent upon ‘Lethal Weapon’?
- Why was ‘Lethal Weapon’ cancelled?
- Why was ‘Gotham’ cancelled?
Is there any link between the cancellation of ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘Gotham’?
After ‘Lethal Weapon’ was struggling to come out of its on-set tensions, it was reported that the show ‘Gotham’ was nearing its end. It was also said that maybe the fate of ‘Lethal Weapon’ will decide whether or not ‘Gotham’ will continue its rein on Fox. However, just like how all the rumours come to an end, it was soon made clear that there is no connection, whatsoever, between the cancellation of both the shows, one after the other.
So, why was ‘Lethal Weapon’ cancelled?
Well, we all are pretty familiar with the violent and abusive behaviour of Clayne Crawford that became apparent after the release of the first two installments of the show. Crawford’s ill-treatment towards cast members and the feud he had with the other main character of the show, circulated in the market and, thus, to ensure the safety of everyone, the creators of the show decided to fire Crawford from the show.
However, despite finding Seann William Scott as a replacement for Clayne for season 3, the creators of the show found it pretty difficult to keep the series glued together. Daymon also made it official that he would not be returning for season 4 due to deterioration of his physical health. Well, as ‘Lethal Weapon’s’ fans, we are all pretty sad about the cancellation of the show, but, at the same time, we cannot deny that the show would not have been the same without Damon being a part of it.
The reason why ‘Gotham’ will not return for season 6
After a lot of uncertainty around the possibility of renewal of ‘Gotham’, it was finally concluded that the series will not be returning to our screens for season 6. The official page of ‘Gotham’ on Instagram, shared this disheartening news with all the fans along with a caption which read: “Five years later and it all comes down to this. 🦇 The FINAL.”
While the actual reason for the cancellation of the show was not revealed, many believed that Fox decided to take it down due to the fall in its ratings. However, if we think about it, we can only say that instead of dragging the show endlessly, the creators made a good decision by giving us a series finale.
But, how did the producers plan the ending of the series? In an interview with “Deadline”, the producer of the show, John Stevens, opened up about the picturisation of the finale episode:
“Well, we had told all these stories, Bruce had left the city, so it actually felt in a good way, for a while we were like, ‘Oh boy, what have we done?’ But then it really gives us the chance to almost like, not reboot the show but tell a whole different chapter in the life of the city. That gave us the freedom and the courage to jump forward 10 years in the finale. You’re right in that last week also feels like a finale — but to the season, not to the show, I’d say.”
Do you think that ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘Gotham’ should return to our screens? Or do you feel that ending the shows was a sensible decision? Let us know in the comments below.