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Lone Star: FOX Not Cancelling New TV Show, Yet

Lone StarAfter Monday’s disastrous debut of Lone Star, there has been talk that FOX might scrap the series after just one episode. Now, it looks like that won’t happen.

In Lone Star, Robert Allen (James Wolk), is leading a double life so that he and his father can pull off cons both big and small. Things get especially complicated when Robert feels personally connected to his marks and starts to regret what he’s doing. Others in the series are Jon Voight, Adrianne Palicki, Bryce Johnson, David Keith, Eloise Mumford, and Mark Deklin.

The show premiered to a terrible 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and just 4.1 million viewers. It ranked a distant fourth in both categories and lost 69% of House’s lead-in audience in the demo.

Network execs are understandably confused by the series’ lack of viewers. After all, they gave the show a great lead-in, lots of promotion, and have a handsome and likable lead actor. FOX execs and many critics really like it too. The Washington Post called Lone Star “better than almost anything new this season,” while the New York Times said the show is “clever” and “endearing.”

According to NYMag, FOX isn’t throwing in the towel just yet. Lone Star is still in production, with the cast and crew working on episode six. FOX will keep the show on the air at least until this Monday. Their hope is that it will make some connection with viewers now that they’ve had a chance to sample the shows on the other networks.

TV show supportAt this point, any positive growth might be enough reason for them to keep it on the air another week. Unfortunately, they won’t see the DVR ratings for a couple weeks. Given the tough competition of the night, many people very likely recorded Lone Star to watch later.

Any way you look at it, the Lone Star’s ratings would have to come up a lot for it to be considered a moderate success. Even those that tuned in for the premiere may not bother to return, having already heard that the show is cancelled.

What do you think? Is Lone Star worth saving? Will you tune in, even though there’s a good chance it’ll be cancelled?


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Robert October 17, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I loved this show ! Immediately set my machine to record series. The show was probably on the wrong network. I hope they can move. I am still stunned it was pulled. Bob


Debbie October 15, 2010 at 9:34 am

I’d like the show back. It was really good!


Lona October 13, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I was impressed with this new innovative show, a great story line that keeps you interested. Get rid of some of these ridiculous reality shows and bring back something worth watching.


Anonymous October 13, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Best show on tv. Bring it back!! Iwas on the edge of my seat both week. If you don’t bring it back, this shows why you’re last of the networks.


#1 Houston Mom October 12, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I personally loved the show and the plot. The characters and the dilemmas are good. I really hope they do not cancel the show, especially since I am one of the people that records it on DVR. Give it a chance Fox, I have been telling people about it!


Wesie October 11, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Please, please bring this show back. Try not running it opposite Dancing With The Stars and Monday Night Football. Best new show out there in years! Finely a provocative, well written show with a great cast


Pat Baucom October 9, 2010 at 10:04 am

Sure did like Lonestar and want to find out when and where to find more episodes. So many new programs to review at once probably cut down on its viewers–give us all time to get to see it. Please………………….!


Maureen October 7, 2010 at 10:52 am

I have been traveling, so watched the first episode on demand. Couldn’t wait to watch the second episode, recorded it to watch later. I love this show and just found out it has been pulled from the schedule. I sure hope FOX will find a new time slot for it or it gets shopped to another network. This was the best new show of the season. I was really looking forward to watching the amazing talents of David Keith (con artist father).


Hope' October 6, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Whaaaaaaaa!!!!! They can’t cancel this show. It’s was so intence it gave me the chills more than once. Also the acting in this show is awesome the women are beautiful, and the men are hot!!! Finally a good show and they want to take it away from us viewers :). PLEASE SAVE “LONE STAR”


Anonymous October 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm

great show, please bring it back


Pooch Panocha October 6, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Weloved Lone Star. one of the best of the new tv. programs. it has creativity and depth andfine actors. give it a chance.


amy October 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm

great show- we all love it mom -age 50, dad-age 55, daughter-14 – it crosses generations and is a well thought out provocative show. I should not be canceled.


Brandon Vason October 6, 2010 at 7:05 am

Best new show in along time!


Thomas Galusha October 6, 2010 at 7:04 am

GET smart Fox! You can compete against Gossip Girl, The Event or 2 and1/2 men!!! It’s very good!


Sloan hadfield October 5, 2010 at 9:09 pm

I LOVED this show and I want it to continue to air….


Connie October 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I couldn’t believe that Lone Star wasn’t on Monday night and I have been trying to find where you moved it. Now I find out it could be cancelled??? Why??? It’s the best show I saw during premier week!!!! Bring it back!!!


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