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Lone Star: What James Wolk Learned from the Cancelled Series

James Wolk on Happy EndingsAs you probably remember, FOX’s Lone Star was the first TV show of the 2010-11 season to be cancelled. Despite being one of the most-anticipated series, the show tanked in the ratings right from the start. When the numbers didn’t improve for episode two, FOX pulled it and shut down production. Four episodes have never aired.

Lead actor James Wolk guests on Happy Endings tonight and recalled the FOX series. He told THR, “The Lone Star experience was tough at the time,” he says, “but it really allowed me to look at things from a 3,000-foot high view. You can think something is the greatest thing in the world, but, as we know, anything can happen. It really taught me that I always want to make choices that I believe in artistically. No one can take that away from you.”

Wolk’s been busy since Lone Star went off the air, including filming an indie comedy — For a Good Time, Call… — that premiered at Sundance, acting in a production of Next Fall in Los Angeles, and recurring on Showtime’s Shameless.

Happy Endings is Wolk’s first foray into sitcoms. He began acting for the theatre and noted, “I would liken sitcom work more to theatre work than I would, perhaps, to dramatic television. It’s so quick. It kind of feels like the pace of a play. It’s just been refreshing.”

What do you think? Do you like Wolk’s work? Would you like to see him star in another TV series?

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Jan J. February 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm

This guy is an amazing actor. I too loved him in “Front of the Class,” a very challenging role playing a guy with Tourette’s syndrome, and have watched it multiple times. It is unfair to cancel a show so soon and I hope he finds another big project soon as I would like to see more of him!


ND Mitchell February 9, 2012 at 5:51 am

James Wolk is an AWESOME actor! I loved his role in the Hallmark film, Front of the Class. That film is on my DVD list to buy soon. I did like Lone Star and I wish FOX would have aired the remaining episodes and give the cast a heads-up so the series could wrap up for a series finale. I would have loved to see what would have happened next between him and his TV father. Looking forward to him on Happy Endings. He is very handsome & sexy so I think he will go far and hopefully have another series because he deserves it!


Jake February 8, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I think in the article here in the one sentence it says…”When the numbers didn’t improve for season two, FOX pulled it and shut down production. Four episodes have never aired.” I think you meant to write..When the numbers didn’t improve for “episode” two.Just thought I would point that out in case it confuses anyone else that maybe didn’t watch the show.I watched both episodes and wanted more,because I think it would have been great given the chance.The same with “My Generation”.


admin February 9, 2012 at 4:52 am

Thanks for that catch folks.


Ross February 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Um, did you say “season two” instead of “week two” or “episode two”?


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