FOX Picks Up ‘9-1-1’ Spin-Off Series ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Starring Rob Lowe
This is one which seems to have popped up out of nowhere… FOX has handed a series order to a ‘9-1-1’ spin-off called ‘9-1-1: Lone Star‘ with Rob Lowe set as the lead.
The series comes from the ‘9-1-1’ creative team of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, and stars Lowe as a sophisticated New York cop who, along with his son, re-locates to Austin, and must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in his own life.
“The beauty of having a hit drama like 9-1-1 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,” commented Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn. “In 9-1-1: 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.”
There had been some talk of a spin-off, ever sign the parent show burst onto the network to huge success last year. However, discussions had always been a bit vague about if they would actually do it, or what it would be. It seems there was some work going on behind the scenes, with ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ being the result.
Oddly, this is the second drama headlined by Rob Lowe which sees him as a lawman, moving to a new location with his child to start a new life. Back in October, it was announced Lowe would play high-flying US police chief Bill Hixon in British crime drama ‘Wild Bill’. In that series, Lowe’s character is appointed chief constable of the East Lincolnshire Police Force, so relocates to the UK with his 14-year-old daughter Kelsey in tow, hoping they can flee their painful recent past.
It looks like ‘9-1-1: Lone Star‘ is being lined up to premiere on FOX in the US sometime in January 2020. The UK drama ‘Wild Bill’ has been filming around London and in Lincolnshire and is due to air later in 2019.