Trends come and go in Hollywood, but one type of show that continues to not only survive, but thrive in the television market, is the reboot. Left and right, reboots are being pitched, shopped, and bought by major networks, bringing familiar storylines with fresh takes to viewers. In a world where #TBTs are so big, there's no wonder why reboots work so well. So, when there were whispers regarding a Lethal Weapon reboot by FOX potentially coming to TV in the fall of 2016, fans of the original film franchise were clearly interested. And according to Jordana Brewster, star of the upcoming series, the series will not only bring back all of the nostalgic feels to fans of the original film franchise, but also introduce the Lethal Weapon legacy to a new generation.
"I feel like enough time has passed that we'll be introducing it to a whole new generation," Brewster tells Romper in a phone interview while teaming up with Zyrtec to help teach allergy sufferers all of the tips and tricks they needed to survive allergy season. While the show will introduce Lethal Weapon to a whole new span of viewers, Brewster points out that "there are still a lot of people who have really, really fond memories of seeing [the original] back in the day," so really, expect this show to appeal to everyone.
While some new series find audiences that stick, a safe, but fun type of show to bet on is that of familiarity. Audiences know the characters, they know the plot concepts, they long for the nostalgia. That's what Lethal Weapon is promising to do, but with a 2016 filter. "I remember seeing [Lethal Weapon] in the '90s and loving it," Brewster remembers. She will certainly not be alone when the show premieres in the fall lineup.
According to Brewster, who is set to play Maureen Cahill in the upcoming series airing alongside Empire on Wednesday nights this fall, there was something about the reboot that felt special from the very beginning. "I knew when Damon Wayans [Roger Murtaugh on Lethal Weapon] was cast, it would be so funny."
As for the added pressure of bringing back a set of characters and plot lines that fans are familiar with, Brewster says that it's sometimes hard to breakout of what fans' expectations are. "People get nostalgic, or get a little bit curious, but then I think [the show] will define itself because obviously being on television it's a different medium than a film — there's a lot more room to explore."