Dammit. The fall TV season has claimed its first casualty, and of course it’s a show I liked. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to watch the pilot episode of Fox’s new con man drama ‘Lone Star’ until late Sunday night, which didn’t give me enough time to write up a recap before the second episode aired this past Monday. I still have that second episode on my DVR, and was planning to watch it soon and talk it up a bit here in the blog. I guess I needn’t bother, because Fox just pulled the plug on the series.
‘Lone Star’ (no relation to the John Sayles movie of the same name) stars James Wolk as a young con artist straddling two completely falsified lives in Texas. One seems to be an average suburban life with cute young girlfriend in a small town where he’s sold most of the locals shares to an oil field that doesn’t actually exist. In the other, he’s married the daughter of an oil tycoon (Jon Voight) and wormed his way into a VP position in the company. The problem is that he’s worked himself in so deep that he’s actually started to like both lives, and has fallen legitimately in love with both women. Now he wants to go straight, much to the consternation of his father (David Keith), who expects him to bleed both the town and the company dry, then cut and run.
The pilot episode was pretty fantastic. It’s a great story with a strong cast, and has a lot of potential for gripping drama to develop over the course of a season or more. Too bad we’ll never know. After lackluster ratings, Fox officially yanked the show off its schedule effective immediately. Next week, the network will bump up the premiere of ‘Lie to Me’ to fill the time slot.
This is just the latest in a long string of interesting series that Fox has commissioned only to cancel right away. (The most notorious example was ‘Firefly‘, of course.) To be honest, as I watched the premiere, I felt like this was just too adult and mature a program for the network. I’m sure it would have had greater success on a cable channel like TNT or AMC.
According to a studio spokesman, production of the series will cease immediately. “We will have shot five completed episodes after the pilot, and will not complete principal photography on episode 106.” There’s no word on what will happen to the unaired episodes. It’s possible that they may get burned off on FX at some oddball weekend morning hour. Even if that happens, I’m sure there will be no resolution to the storyline.