9-1-1: Lone Star
Genre
Created by
Starring
Composers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes60 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
CinematographyAndrew Strahorn
Running time42–48 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkFox
ReleaseJanuary 19, 2020 (2020-01-19) –
present (present)
Related
9-1-1

9-1-1: Lone Star is an American procedural drama television series focusing on the fire, police, and ambulance departments of the fictional company 126, located in Austin, Texas. The use of "Lone Star" in the name associates it with Texas, the "Lone Star State". It was created for Fox by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear. The series is a spin-off of the television series 9-1-1, and was ordered by Fox in May 2019. It premiered on January 19, 2020.[1]

Fox renewed the show for a fourth season in May 2022, which premiered on January 24, 2023.[2][3] In May 2023, the series was renewed for a fifth season.[4]

Premise

From 9-1-1 co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, 9-1-1: Lone Star follows a sophisticated New York firefighter who, along with his son, relocates from Manhattan, New York to Austin, Texas. He must try to balance the duties of saving those who are at their most vulnerable and solving the problems in his own life. He is joined by other firefighters as well as members of the police department and emergency medical services. Series star Rob Lowe serves as co-executive producer.[5]

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Guest

Crossover cast

Regular cast members of the original 9-1-1:

Episodes

Main article: List of 9-1-1: Lone Star episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankViewership
(millions)
First airedLast aired
110January 19, 2020 (2020-01-19)March 9, 2020 (2020-03-09)259.09[16]
214January 18, 2021 (2021-01-18)May 24, 2021 (2021-05-24)158.71[17]
318January 3, 2022 (2022-01-03)May 16, 2022 (2022-05-16)207.43[18]
418January 24, 2023 (2023-01-24)May 16, 2023 (2023-05-16)355.73[19]

Production

Development

On May 12, 2019, it was announced that Fox had given the production a series order for a 9-1-1 spin-off. 9-1-1 creator Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear would serve as executive producers along with cast member Rob Lowe.[5] Angela Bassett, who starred in the original 9-1-1 serves as an executive producer. Writer John Owen Lowe, son of Rob Lowe, also works on the show's writing team.[20][21]

On April 13, 2020, Fox renewed the series for a second season which premiered on January 18, 2021.[22][23] On May 17, 2021, Fox renewed the series for a third season which premiered January 3, 2022.[24][25] On May 16, 2022, Fox renewed the series for a fourth season which premiered on January 24, 2023.[2][3] On May 1, 2023, Fox renewed the series for a fifth season.[4] On November 15, 2023, it was announced that the fifth season of 9-1-1: Lone Star was pushed to fall 2024, amid the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike and the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike.[26]

Casting

On May 12, 2019, it was announced that Rob Lowe had been cast in the series as lead role.[5] On September 11, 2019, Liv Tyler was announced to star opposite of Lowe.[6] Jim Parrack joined the cast on September 18, 2019.[8] Two days later, Ronen Rubinstein and Sierra McClain were announced to have joined the cast.[7] On September 23, 2019, Natacha Karam, Brian Michael Smith, Rafael L. Silva, and Julian Works joined the cast.[9]

On September 3, 2020, Gina Torres was cast as a series regular for the second season.[27] On September 22, 2020, Liv Tyler departed the show prior to the second season. Tyler had been commuting between her London home and Los Angeles to film the show. Due to potential travel difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic and not wanting to be away from her young children for long, she asked producers to let her out of her multi-year contract. The possibility of her return was left open.[28] Lisa Edelstein was cast in a recurring role for the second season.[11] On October 8, 2020, Derek Webster joined the cast in a recurring capacity for the second season.[13] On May 25, 2021, Brianna Baker was promoted to series regular for the third season.[10] On September 28, 2022, Neal McDonough, D.B. Woodside, and Amanda Schull joined the cast in recurring capacities for the fourth season.[29]

Filming

Despite being set in Austin, Texas, nearly all filming of the series occurs in Los Angeles, California.[30] The lack of on-location filming in Austin has prompted criticism from the local film industry, claiming that Austin has the production infrastructure to host the series.[31][32][33]

Reception

Critical response

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On Rotten Tomatoes, the series' first season has an approval rating of 77% based on 13 reviews, with an average rating of 6.80/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "If not as outlandishly fun as its predecessor, 9-1-1: Lone Star still packs an entertaining punch and is a great showcase for the handsomely self-aware Rob Lowe."[34] On Metacritic, the season has a weighted average score of 67 out of 100, based on reviews from 8 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[35]

Daniel D'Addario of Variety suggests that the series "started from the casting" but that it is not misconceived and is as solid as its predecessor, even if aspects of its conceit are "at times so utopian as to defy belief." He praises the "charismatic and inclusive ensemble" and hopes that the series will make use of them and not focus too much on its lead actor.[36] Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter called the series fun and thrilling, stating its succeeds to be a solid franchise companion, "full of explosions, infernos and death-defying stunts, but most of it is delivered in the attempted service of a more complicated series of character studies, an admirable goal not always smoothly executed."[37] Kelly Lawler of USA Today praised the ensemble cast, and said that producers Minear and Falchuck have "clearly tapped into what worked in "9-1-1," transplanted it easily to Texas and found a way to give "Lone Star" a tone and atmosphere all its own."[38] Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com wrote: "There's something almost impressively brazen about the way these shows use melodrama, embracing it like old-fashioned soap opera writers."[39] Joel Keller of Decider said " If you loved 9-1-1, you'll love this show." Keller praised the performances of the actors and the action sequences, complimented the dialogue and the development of the characters.[40]

Amanda Bell of TV Guide rated Lone Star 3.5 out of 5 and stated the series manages to find its own identity without duplicating 9-1-1, called the series inclusive through the diversity of the characters, and said the series celebrates Texas's culture.[41] Melissa Camacho of Common Sense Media rated the series 3 out of 5 stars, complimented the depiction of positive messages and role models, stating the series highlights friendship, teamwork, and community across its characters, while noting the diverse representations.[42]

Sean O'Neal of Texas Monthly criticized the show for its stereotypical portrayal of Texas, and the "baffling" choice of Austin for a conservative Texas setting.[43]

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per season of 9-1-1: Lone Star
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Viewership
rank
Avg. viewers
(millions)
18–49
rank
Avg. 18–49
rating
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Monday 8:00 p.m. 10 January 19, 2020 (2020-01-19) 11.41[44] March 9, 2020 (2020-03-09) 5.38[45] 2019–20 24 9.09 13 1.8[16]
2 Monday 9:00 p.m. 14 January 18, 2021 (2021-01-18) 6.03[46] May 24, 2021 (2021-05-24) 5.21[47] 2020–21 15 8.71 11 1.5[17]
3 Monday 8:00 p.m. (1–10)
Monday 9:00 p.m. (11–18)
18 January 3, 2022 (2022-01-03) 5.50[48] May 16, 2022 (2022-05-16) 4.63[49] 2021–22 20 7.43 16 1.0[18]
4 Tuesday 8:00 p.m. 18 January 24, 2023 (2023-01-24) 3.92[50] May 16, 2023 (2023-05-16) 3.32[51] 2022–23 35 5.73 25 0.8[19]

Accolades

Award Year Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
BMI Film & TV Awards 2020 BMI TV Music Award Mac Quayle Won [52][53]
GLAAD Media Awards 2021 Outstanding Drama Series 9-1-1: Lone Star Nominated [54]
2022 Outstanding Drama Series 9-1-1: Lone Star Nominated [55]
2023 Outstanding Drama Series 9-1-1: Lone Star Won [56][57]
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards 2022 Best Broadcast Network Series, Drama 9-1-1: Lone Star Nominated [58]
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2022 Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Buddy Sosthand Nominated [59]
ReFrame Stamp 2021 IMDbPro Top 200 Scripted TV Recipients 9-1-1: Lone Star Won [60]
Visual Effects Society Awards 2022 Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode Brigitte Bourque, Tyler Deck, Jason Gottlieb, Josephine Noh, and Elia Popov (for "Hold the Line") Nominated [61]

Explanatory notes

  1. ^ Known as 20th Century Fox Television in season 1.
  2. ^ Silva is credited as Rafael Silva in seasons 1–2 and as Rafael L. Silva from season 3.
  3. ^ Formerly portrayed by Lexi Crouch.
  4. ^ Formerly portrayed by Xandi Crouch.
  5. ^ Later portrayed by Kelsey Yates.
  6. ^ Later portrayed by Skyler Yates.

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