9-1-1: Lone Star
Everything is bigger in Texas — even the crises. This Austin-set spinoff of Fox’s first responders series is even more over-the-top, with emergencies that include a runaway rodeo bull in a parking lot and a violent tornado wreaking havoc on the state capital.
“You name it, we’ve got it,” boasts Rob Lowe, who plays vain firefighter Owen Strand.
The skin care–obsessed New Yorker relocates to assemble a team for Austin’s devastated 126 Fire Battalion. He’s cut out for the job since he’s the lone person from his Big Apple firehouse to survive the 9/11 attacks, and he rebuilt that unit from scratch. But in this new gig, his progressive Empire State of mind rubs some the wrong way. “[He has] a different worldview,” Lowe notes.
One of Strand’s adversaries is Michelle Blake (Liv Tyler), who commands the medical unit operating out of the firehouse. Practical and tough, she harbors a private pain: Her sister disappeared in 2017, and Blake is intent on discovering the truth.
“It’s a meaty, cool, Ryan Murphy hook,” Lowe says, nodding to the cocreator. “I’ve never been a part of a show that was this big in terms of ambition.”
—Ryan A. Berenz
9-1-1: Lone Star, Series Premiere, Sunday, January 19, 10/9c, Fox