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CANCELED: Fox's 'Lone Star'
September 28, 2010  | By Diane Werts

Wow. That didn't take long. Lone Star is dead. Not after a lone episode, but after just two.

Fox plugged the plug Tuesday by scheduling Lie to Me for an early return next week in the Texas saga's Monday 9 p.m. ET time slot.

Critics like me extolled Lone Star, but apparently we're the only ones who watched it. The premiere week's bad ratings actually got worse for this Monday's second episode, despite additional critical support and the online pleas of the show's creator.

Too bad. Lone Star was a provocative adult drama, exactly the kind of series viewers now applaud on cable channels from HBO and Showtime to FX and AMC. Maybe viewers just don't turn to the networks anymore for shows like these. (Except they flock to The Good Wife on CBS.) Or maybe the show's vague marketing did it no favors. (What's it about again?)

Some writers contend star James Wolk just wasn't a magnetic enough draw to get and keep people watching. Others think the lead con man's romantic double-dealing and economic scams turned off viewers.

Or maybe Lone Star simply got aced by Bristol Palin.

Did you watch Lone Star? What did you think?




emkaz said:

This is an absolute shame. Here I was applauding the network's effort to produce a complex, high quality program (as seen on cablers), and they prematurely yank it. I am incredibly disappointed.

Davey said:

Based on your and other critics' urgings, I watched the premiere and almost went to sleep. He's not a unique character, has no charisma, and there was no plot to speak of. Maybe with time there would have been some subtle buildup, some hidden nuances that created tension and flow, but there was no hint of anything like that in the first outing. Seen it all before. I went in hoping for another Breaking Bad, but just got a lot of posturing. Like, apparently, everybody else, I deleted from the dvr immediately.

Nicky said:

What a shame. This was exciting and well written. I was just talking about what was going to happen in the story and now, done. Can't stand reality shows; guess I'll go back to PBS.

Kevin said:

Networks keep expecting another Lost out of the gates and it might never happen. Lonestar and The Event are this years's attempts and one is already dead. I tried Lonestar and thought it was ok, not nearly as good as the hype but ok. At least if a show like this is tried on cable you know you will get a full season (The Riches, for example). On the Networks, they just disappear, like the Nine or Threshold, or they get hasty low quality wraps like Life on Mars. The networks are fine for cop and lawyer shows, and cable can handle the shows with story arcs.

Gina said:

Lone Star was a treat to watch. It was well-written and well-acted, which is a rare combination on network TV these days. Meanwhile, I fear that Two and a Half Boobs, I mean Men, will never go away.

Mac said:

With a work time shift, I watched the two new episodes of House (first time I saw House on Fox). These episodes were sponsored by Lone Star. Every break. If House can't be your lead in - you're dead. Now, let's hope Fox pulls those ads (the two women-one man photos you're using) from all of the mall kiosks around. Pulling my six year old grand daughter by them, while looking for the restrooms, was embarrassing. Typical Fox. I'm not prudish (love Mad Men), and it's OK to use these photos where the little ones won't stray, but having a 12 foot version of that crap blown up in the mall is disturbing. As for those promos for Lone Star, after House we watched an episode of Everwood on DVD. Bye, Lone Star, see ya in the used DVD bin with those "never seen" episodes.

angela said:

I watched it and really liked it. It doesn't hurt that James Wolk is very good looking and reminds me of a young Kyle Chandler or George Clooney. He knows his craft well, and will go far. And who could mind seeing Adrianna Palicki from Friday Night Lights, or David Keith for that matter?

In just 2 hours the characters had more depth than I've seen in a lifetime of seasons on other TV shows. And they were anything but boring. Cat was another sweetheart that seemed right out of Friday Night Lights, and her sister Gretchen in episode 2 had me hooked after repeating "son" in a texas accent while she sashayed away from Bob.

The humor was alive and well, with David Keith color coding sticky notes, or reading the telephone manual. And the photography was definitely worth paying attention to. I'll remember for some time the haunting long shot of Bob all alone, as he pulled into the big shiny brightly lit, but too empty Shell gas station in the middle of the night.

And the scene inside the Shell? If I had just tuned in at that moment, I would have sworn it was Friday Night Lights I was watching.

For those who said the idea of loving two women was disgusting, I suspect they are the ones doing exactly that. We Americans are so proud of our morality, on the outside, where it doesn't count.

James T. said:

The mistake was in the name, Lone Star, which emphasized the Texas locale.

I don't know why others avoided it, but that was certainly the reason that I didn't bother. There are so many reasons to not want to think about Texas these days (home of Bush, the ultra-conservative Texas School Board, the governor who wants to secede, the many executions, etc.).

OTOH, The Good Guys doesn't emphasize its Texas location, and it seems to be doing just fine.

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