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It’s Official: Fox Cancels ‘Lone Star’

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: We have the first cancellation of the 2010-2011 season. No big surprise here – Fox today pulled the plug on the critically praised new soap Lone Star after 2 low-rated airings. Starting next Monday, Lone Star will be replaced by procedural Lie to Me, which has been called to duty earlier than planned. Lie To Me‘s third season will launch next week in the Monday 9 PM slot, which the crime drama once occupied. Following Fox’s cancellation, 20th Century Fox TV decided to immediately cease production on the show, which was filming Episode 6. It is not clear what will happen with the 3 produced episodes that have not aired yet.

The writing was pretty much on the wall after the much-hyped Lone Star opened with a 1.3 rating in 18-49 last week. It got a reprieve but, instead of rebounding, it actually slipped from its disastrous premiere last night to a 1.0 rating, tied with the CW’s Gossip Girl in the 9 PM hour. That’s how, armed with strong reviews, solid cast and a big marketing campaign, Lone Star, became one of the biggest series misfires in recent TV memory. The consensus was that it was a series better suited for cable. But, since Lone Star was developed and budgeted as a broadcast series and in light of its quick demise on Fox without any devoted following, an afterlife for the series on cable appear extremely unlikely.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing’ Wins, ‘Event’ Drops, No Miracle Bounce For ‘Lone Star’

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED WITH FINAL NUMBERS: Here we are in the oh-so-important week 2 of the season. On the first night, it was great news for ABC, pretty good news for CBS, and not so good news for NBC and Fox.

NBC’s flagship drama The Event (2.9/7 in adults 18-49, 9 million viewers overall) was down 19% from its promising premiere last week. The number will go up – NBC points out that the supernatural thriller was the most time-shifted series on the first 3 nights of last week. Still, a worrisome sign for the serialized series. Also down, 9%, was NBC’s new 10 PM drama Chase (2.1/5), which finished third in the hour. At 8 PM, Chuck (2.0/5) was flat, the only NBC series to not post a week-to-week drop.

Lone Star creator’s Kyle Killen prayers for a miracle ratings rebound in Week 2 were not answered. The soap (1.0/3) fell 23% from its disastrous premiere rating and tied the CW for fourth place in the 9 PM hour. What’s worse, the numbers fell precipitously from the first to the second half-hour, by almost 50%. There is no chance the series would continue at these levels. House (3.8/10) was down 10% from its disappointing season premiere and is now running neck-and-neck with CBS’ comedies for second place behind ABC in the 8 PM hour.

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‘Lone Star’ Creator Rallies Support: ‘We’re Going To Have To Pull Off A Minor Miracle’

Nellie Andreeva

Ahead of next week’s second airing of new Fox drama series Lone Star, which got a temporary reprieve after its disastrous premiere ratings on Monday, the show’s young creator Kyle Killen this morning wrote this emotional plea for support on his blog.

You’re Invited To Our Stunning Upset

Do you like to root for the underdog? Because I’ve got an underdog of epic proportions for you. We’re talking long, long shot. Like a legless horse in the Kentucky Derby. A blind basketball team facing the 95 Bulls. If somehow Rudy and Rocky had a baby it still wouldn’t be as big an underdog as our little show… Lone Star.

You may have heard about last Monday night when several heavily sequined, dancing celebrity, conspiracy laden, bowling shirted nuclear bombs landed directly on our heads. When everyone who watched your show is a paid critic or someone you went to high school with, that’s less of a premiere than a slideshow.

But! BUT!

But here we are. Still alive. A little groundhog peeking out of a bomb crater to see if there’s six more weeks of nuclear winter or if, perhaps, something can grow in this hole. And that’s where you come in.

For us to survive we’re going to have to pull off a minor miracle. Statistically, new shows tend to lose viewers in their second week. We’re aiming to gain them. In fact, screw it, let’s just double our audience. The

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‘Lone Star’ Not Canceled By Fox… Yet

By | Wednesday September 22, 2010 @ 1:59pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Despite its disastrous premiere this week, the new Fox drama series Lone Star will air its second episode next Monday at 9 PM as planned. So don’t believe that Internet chatter to the contrary. That said, I hear the network is going to be looking very closely at whether the dismal numbers improve for the series that night. Otherwise, the show could have a short future. But Fox execs are shattered. They thought they got this one right.

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