The season’s most critically acclaimed new television series is also the season’s first casualty, as Fox’s Texas-set con man drama Lone Star has been pulled from the network’s schedule.
Starring James Wolk as a confidence man leading a double life in order to gain access to an oil industry empire, Lone Star pulled in rave reviews from TV critics for its compelling leading man and its controversial subject matter. Sadly, the audience wasn’t there; the series debuted with a dismal 4.1 million viewers in the coveted Monday 9 p.m. time slot, sinking even further to 3.2 million viewers in its second week. Despite the lighthearted but passionate plea from series creator Kyle Killen calling for “a minor miracle,” Fox pulled the series from its schedule yesterday, replacing it next week with the third season premiere of Lie to Me.
While only two episodes of Lone Star have aired, there are three other episodes in the can and production on the show’s sixth episode was underway as recently as yesterday. It’s currently unknown whether or not fans will ever see these unaired episodes, but if there’s a ray of hope, it’s this: Fox tells HitFix that “at this point in time, all that was being said was that the show was being replaced by Lie to Me.”
In other words, it’s still premature to say that Lone Star has been canceled, but the show’s days on death row are certainly getting shorter and shorter; at this point, it’s simply a matter of time before the switch is flipped and the electric chair is allowed to do its thing.
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