911: Lone Star will move the 911 franchise and Rob Lowe to Texas for more life saving drama.
Every network wants a Law and Order style drama franchise where it can just move any concept from city to city with a new cast. It looks like Fox has decided that Ryan Murphy’s 911 (technically styled 9-1-1) will be filling that role.
Variety reports that Fox has ordered a 911 spinoff titled 911: Lonestar that will star Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation, general Brat Pack movie star). Lowe will play a New York cop who relocates to Austin, Texas with his son and gets to gets to work rescuing Austin’s most vulnerable citizens…and presumably learning a thing or two along the way.
“The beauty of having a hit drama like 911 from the genius minds of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear is it allows you to explore thrilling stories as told through an array of distinctive characters,” Michael Thorn, president of entertainment for Fox Entertainment, said. “In 911: Lone Star they’ve given us a special opportunity to expand the franchise into new territory – literally and figuratively — and we’re thrilled to have the incomparable Rob Lowe headline this new iteration when it joins our schedule next season.”
The original 911 was created by the very busy team of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear. Murphy maneuvered his early work on Fox (Glee) and FX (American Horror Story et. al) into a big pay day at Netflix. But Fox has been eager to keep his name on as executive producer on as many existing properties as possible. All three producers will remain on as execs for 911: Lonestar and Lowe will executive produce as well. There is no word yet on who will run day-to-day operations on the show.
911: Lonestar Cast
Deadline reports that Liv Tyler is set to join 911: Lone Star as the show’s female lead. Tyler will star as Chief Paramedic Michelle Blake who is described as brilliant and wry and a worthy foil for Rob Lowe’s Owen. Actually the description over at Deadline is pretty exhaustive while also somehow being vague. Tyler is best known for her film work in Armageddon and The Lord of the Rings series. She most recently appeared on television in HBO’s The Leftovers.
Rob Lowe is a big name for this Lonestar state spinoff. Lowe was most recently seen on CBS’s medical drama Code Black. He has a previously established relationship with Fox through the single camera comedy The Grinder. On TV he’s likely best known for playing the ebullient Chris Traeger on Parks and Recreation.
911: Lonestar Release Date
There is also no word yet on a release date for 911 Lonestar, but 911 Season 3 will premiere on September 23 on Fox and air on Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET.