Lone Star: Series Creator Kyle Killen Talks TV Show’s Cancellation

Lone StarLast week, after the poor debut of FOX’s Lone Star, TV show creator Kyle Killen asked people to give the series a chance and hoped for a “stunning upset” in the ratings.

Sadly, that didn’t happen and the ratings for episode two dropped even lower. It was no surprise when FOX pulled Lone Star from the schedule and cancelled production.

Killen has had some time to reflect on the events of the past couple weeks and has written another post about Lone Star. He expresses gratitude for the chance to make the show and to the many viewers for their support. He also talks about the possibility of Lone Star moving to another channel but understands the chances are remote at best.

Here are some excerpts. You can read the whole post here.

So here’s the thing. We made a good show. Not Shakespeare. Not MASH. But something I was proud of. I can’t really speak to anyone else’s reaction, I can only be honest about my own. We assembled a staff, a cast, and a crew that I think was committed to telling interesting and thought provoking stories and who were excited about where we’d planned to head. And now it’s over. The part of me that feels awful that these people are now out of work wishes they’d done anything other than join this show. The part of me that’s so excited about what we did can’t thank them enough for signing on and making it happen.

As for the show’s future, if you read the news you know what I know. We’re actively looking at other homes for it, but those situations are rare. Imagine trying to just jam the engine from a Toyota in a Chevy and you get some idea how hard it is to take a show from one network to another. These things are custom jobs and what looks simple on the surface requires an incredible amount of engineering underneath. Whether we’ll pull something like that off is anyone’s guess. But we’re certainly trying.

Lastly, I literally don’t have the words to thank those of you who participated here and on twitter and facebook and, you know, the real world, in supporting the show. I’ve been in the habit of writing incredibly inane things in this space for some time and have to say that I was blindsided by the scale of the reaction to my last post. Of all the incredible and unexpected things to come out of this entire process, those last few days were perhaps the most incredible and certainly the least expected. I feel like we tried to get a write in candidate elected president together, and while we were completely and utterly destroyed when the votes were tallied, I’ve never felt such an odd and full connection to a group of people I’ve never met and likely never will. Given all that, ‘Thank you’ seems woefully insufficient to convey my gratitude. Perhaps I can just mow all your lawns for the hell of it.

What do you think? Do you agree with Killen? If you had your way, which channel would pick it up?

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  1. dc says

    In answer to the last question, Fox fits best but has choice. Next in line would be the USA “characters welcome” channel as they grow into production. If the production is held back because it’s undercapitalized, what could you do in HBO stylevwithbHBO fundingband HBO leniency. The subject matter. Story-line accuracy and family challenges are all robust enough to scale up tp deep HBO calibre drama.

    It is a stunningly fresh, original. Provocative, realistic platform that needs time to hit it’s stride…just like madmen did. –DC

  2. Dayton says

    Watched the pilot last night for the first time from my DVR. Thought it was great,can’t see why it wasn’t given a little more time. I watch little tv,but looked for this on my schedule right away. Just found out it was cancelled. Great premis.

  3. Teresa says

    Why did u have to cancell this show after only two episodes, you didn’t even let the word spread BRING IT BACK.

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