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Fox TV gives a credible 'Lethal Weapon' a new lease on life

Fox TV gives a credible 'Lethal Weapon' a new lease on life

It has been 30 years since the noisy arrival of “Lethal Weapon” —  the film, then the franchise — in which Mel Gibson played Martin Riggs, an LAPD detective with a death wish, and Danny Glover played his partner, Roger Murtaugh, a detective with a family.

Now, 18 years after those characters were last taken out for a spin, they have been dusted off and shrunk down for “Lethal Weapon,” the TV series, which begins Wednesday on Fox.

The series begins where the original movie did — leaving out Riggs’ mullet — with some small, mostly enlivening tweaks and...

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