Viewers Must Save Fox’s LONE STAR from Cancellation and for the Future of Quality Television

     September 22, 2010

This argument would be a lot easier if I were pleading to longtime fans of an established TV series to stop the show from cancellation. However, today I write to the collective TV viewing public to help avert a tragedy. Fox’s new series Lone Star debuted to poor ratings this week as it found itself against Dancing with the Stars (give me a break) and The Event, a series whose lingering mystery doesn’t cover up the shows gimmicky writing surrounding it. Some might be thinking this is just the nature of the TV industry where only the strong survive. If only strength was determined by the quality of writing, directing and acting then I might be willing to let the system take its course on Lone Star, but I can’t stand by and let a perfectly good show go to waste.

Hit the jump to hear my plea and find out what you’re missing.

lone_star_tv_show_image_02If you’re out of the loop, Lone Star sees James Wolk as a charismatic and brilliant schemer who has entangled himself in a deep, complex web from which he can’t break free. He’s caught between two very different lives and two very different women. As “Bob,” he lives in Houston and is married to Cat (Adrianne Palicki), the beautiful daughter of Clint Thatcher (Jon Voight), the patriarch of an ultra-wealthy Texas oil family. More than 400 miles away in the suburban west Texas town of Midland, he’s “Robert,” living a second life with his sweet, naive girlfriend, Lindsay Holloyway (Eloise Mumford). Bob/Robert is dedicated to both of his lives and wants them to co-exist as legitimately as possible to escape his still overbearing father’s con-man upbringing.

Sadly, no one tuned in to Lone Star on its premiere night, and the ratings were so poor that the series is already running the risk of being canceled. At first, THR had said the show may not even get a chance to air its second episode. However, Vulture has since revealed that Lone Star will get at least one more episode on the air, but even a 30% increase in ratings might not save the series from the axe. While it seems like hope may be lost, the fact is if viewers don’t dig into this show, more original and risky content on the flickering box will henceforth be shunned and we’ll be stuck with more of the same boring shit next season. You don’t want to be responsible for that do you? As much as this plea is about saving Lone Star, it’s also about protecting the future of quality television entertainment.

lone_star_tv_show_image_01Lone Star was by far the best pilot I’ve seen from this new season television (you can read my review right here). Coming from someone who was anticipating The Event as a healthy replacement for Lost, I found myself more captivated and compelled by the first 15 minutes of Lone Star than the entire 45 minute run of The Event. And don’t even get me started on the plethora of reasons your time would be better spent watching Lone Star than some garbage reality competition series watching washed up celebrities bust a move with professional dancers. If you’re looking for entertainment like that, then I suggest you get a root canal through your rectum. But if you’re looking for a smart, well-written, incredibly directed, and masterfully acted presentation of crafty deception and distinctive intrigue that’s a nice departure from the procedural droll that hits networks every year, tune into Lone Star next week. Oh, and if you’re worried about not knowing what’s going on, you can check out the entire pilot below.