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Lethal Weapon: ABS-CBN’s Latest Tagalized American Series

ABS-CBN has once again imported an American series and dubbed it in Filipino.

Unfortunately, viewers will not get to see a third season of ‘Jane the Virgin’, whose first two seasons were aired by the network last year with lukewarm results. Instead, ABS-CBN will premiere another American TV series which, based on the title, should be familiar to moviegoers worldwide.

Remember the ‘Lethal Weapon’ series of films? Between 1987 and 1998, the franchise released four films starring Mel Gibson as Martin Riggs and Danny Glover as Roger Murtaugh, each of which were commercially successful.

Fast forward to 2016, and the ‘Lethal Weapon’ franchise now has its own TV series. This time, the roles of Martin and Roger were given to Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans respectively.

The ‘Lethal Weapon’ series also stars Jordana Brewster, Keesha Sharp, Kevin Rahm, Johnathan Fernandez, Michelle Mitchenor, Chandler Kinney and Dante Brown. Recurring cast members include Floriana Lima, Richard Cabral, Tony Plana, Hilarie Burton and Thomas Lennon.

In the United States, ‘Lethal Weapon’ premiered on September 21, 2016, and was aired on FOX. The series was renewed for a second season following a strong performance in the ratings.

But as ‘Lethal Weapon’ makes its way to Philippine free TV, there are some doubts as to whether or not this series will fare well with most Filipino viewers. For starters, the ‘Lethal Weapon’ series is currently aired on Warner TV Philippines, which means some are already familiar with the story.

And considering their unenthusiastic response to ‘Jane the Virgin’, ABS-CBN may have taken a huge risk with this move. While ‘Lethal Weapon’ is only a mere filler for the network in anticipation for yet another franchised reality show (the first season has 18 episodes in total), it only defies the fact that ABS-CBN wanted nothing more than to dominate every chance they get.

That said, the next several Saturdays could see ABS-CBN slip up a bit after a long reign atop the ratings game. ‘Lethal Weapon’ may only be a temporary fix, but a period of losing could be in the offing.

‘Lethal Weapon’ airs every Saturday after ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’ on ABS-CBN.


8 thoughts on “Lethal Weapon: ABS-CBN’s Latest Tagalized American Series

  1. Pio Dose said on the public group that “According to the plug, it’s only Saturdays because GGV is adjusted to an earlier timeslot on Sunday.”

    I don’t think putting Lethal Weapon on a Sunday will do better kasi sa GGV and Sunday’s Best.

    • Also, KMJS is winning in the ratings so yeah, it’s not a good idea to have Lethal Weapon on Sundays as well. ABS is probably concerned about that, hence putting GGV at an earlier timeslot in order to give KMJS a more formidable opponent.

  2. Jose Tiamson says:

    Probably ratings wise it will be a challenge but at least they got a full hour to air it. Just watch episode one, at least halos walang cuts except for some unnecessary scenes which is not suitable for children. Now I’ll find time to watch the original version of the episode to compare.

  3. Looks like ABS-CBN invested on yet another US TV series. Taken, which is currently on its second season on NBC, will premiere this Saturday at 5:00pm. Taken is based on a popular film trilogy of the same name. With just 10 episodes on its first season, will ABS-CBN have good fortunes with another US TV series or suffer the same fate as Lethal Weapon, kung saan hindi tinapos ang mismong airing ng TV series na yan?

    With ABS-CBN airing both Koreanovelas and US TV series, GMA relying on Koreanovelas and TV5 relying heavily on US TV series, are we seeing something?

    • I won’t be surprised if they don’t finish that whole first season in favor of perhaps another game show that only celebrities participate. It’s always an ABS thing to butcher American TV series these days, unlike 5 which is more committed to bring a whole season’s worth of shows.

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