Lone Star canceled

Lone Star No More

After only two episodes and poor ratings Fox has decided to axe Lone Star. Lone Star was a one-hour drama about the art of the con in the oil business and is the first casualty this season.

Filmed in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, Lone Star was about Robert Allen (James Wolk), a Texas con man married to wife Cat (Adrianne Palicki) but leading a second life with his girlfriend Lindsay (Eloise Mumford). Equally in love with both of them, Lone Star's central character was pining for a normal life. With stars Andie MacDowell, Jon Voight and Rosa Blasi, it looked like a winner.

Lone Star has been cancelled

But from the first episode, the audience was not there. Immediately media reports started about Fox canceling the show. Did they think that viewers would watch the second week of a series that was in danger of being canceled imminently? The rumor of Lone Star's cancelation was surely its death knell.

Some think a character-driven show like this needed more time to develop a following. Competing with Dancing With the Stars, Two and a Half Men and NBC's new show The Event, this was a disastrous scheduling mistake for Lone Star.

Kyle Killen, one of the creators of the show, pleaded for a second chance. Apparently no one listened. Amy Lippman, Kerry Kohansky Roberts, Chris Keyser and Paul Weitz were executive producers.

Lie to Me will take over the Monday 9 p.m. time slot immediately.

You know, networks always have options. Fox could have moved it to another time slot. Maybe the show was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. It's too bad Fox couldn't have had a little patience and waited a bit.

Could Fox have saved it? SheKnows wants to know what you think.

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Comments on "Lone Star canceled"

Carolyn October 12, 2010 | 5:38 PM

That was a horrible thing to do.......loved the show and searched everywhere for it on Monday nite and 'should have guessed it, Fox cancelled it'...it was a great show! That is the only primetime series I was even interested in....great cast, great story....what more would you want???? Bring it back RIGHT NOW!!!!! Devoted Fan!!

Marika October 07, 2010 | 5:43 PM

Bring Lonestar back. Sorry to say but FOX messed up. Only good thing going on FOX right now is HELLS KITCHEN.

Mel. October 07, 2010 | 5:35 PM

Lonestar was a greta show with huge potential. Fox missed the boat on this one and another network needs to pick it up. As much as people think they have their own opinions, that always look at the critics reviews, and the critics said it was a great show! So please NBC/HBO/CBS pick it up and you'll see the people follow this show.

Nick October 05, 2010 | 8:58 PM

This Show was my favorite in the Monday Line-up....it was a well written show and loved both episodes... sure its a little slow but this show had the makings of a great season.

DaviD October 05, 2010 | 8:46 PM

I loved this show! I told everyone I know to watch it, and then it's gone after the dirt two episodes??? WTF!!! FOX needs to get it together!! And look what they put on in it's place?????! A face reader. There has to be someone there to better evaluate shows!

DD October 05, 2010 | 1:42 PM

Loved this show and was very disappointed that they can canceled it just after the 2 episodes. I really hope some other network picks it up. The story line was great and different for a change.

Linds October 04, 2010 | 10:21 PM

Shame on you for cancelling such a smart show. This was one of the most interesting shows to come along in a long time; thought provoking and intelligent. Unfortunately, it's a sign of the times that such immature shows as Two and a Half Men and even (and I'm not going to be very popular here),the new Hawaii Five-0 get more favour than a SMART show. What passes for intelligence in today's TV audiences anyway????

placa October 04, 2010 | 9:21 PM

Was a good start--no guts on fox--and 'bboy'-you obviously have no sane theatrical comment, you only want to rant politically- you can be 'MY' 'bboy' sweetie-P

Jake October 03, 2010 | 4:08 PM

I'm glad they canceled this show. First, Lie to Me is way better. Second, Fox has a particular fan base. Don't try and be something you're not. Would this show be better on HBO, probably. They would be allowed to show nudity. And you can bet they would.

Donna October 03, 2010 | 2:25 PM

I am very disappointment that this show went off the air. I wish that Fox would give a show a chance to grow. I only just introduced my family to this show by having taped the first two episodes. We were all looking forward to seeing how Bob takes the company to the top. James Wolk would have been a pleasure to see every week and he had a great supporting cast. Put the show on a different night! My Dad mentioned how the show reminded him of the days of Dallas and Dynasty and you all know how those shows turned out!

Rick October 03, 2010 | 2:03 PM

That's just AWFUL! My wife and I get 2 weeks to get involved in a series, and it's gone. We too watched the pilot twice. She says we're the kiss of death. Thanks for the reminder that FOX cancelled Arrested Development. I hope some other network will pick this up. Booo, Rupert. Go home!

Larry Greenberg October 02, 2010 | 9:41 PM

This had the makings of becoming one of the absolute best TV shows of the decade. Provocative plot with incredible cast supported by wonderful writing. I am shocked and so disappointed that this show has been cancelled. Shame on Fox particularly considering all the crappy shows they and all the other networks air. Frankly this show is too good for Fox. Should be on HBO or Showtime.

bboy October 02, 2010 | 6:08 PM

I'm sooo happy this show got cancelled! I haven't forgotten the lame comments Mr. Voight had to say about the newly elected President in 2008. Serves him right. Maybe he will learn to keep his political comments to himself when he depends on ratings.

Yvonne October 02, 2010 | 11:32 AM

I can't believe they've taken one of my favorite programs off after only two episodes. First they take away 24, now this! Years ago, many programs that eventually made it big would have been taken off the air if they hadn't allowed them to survive more than two episodes. I hope they are picked up by another network.

Maria October 02, 2010 | 10:57 AM

Was prepared to like this show but after first episode not surprised at it's early cancellation. Most TV viewers I think don't sit transfixed watching and listening to every word and nuance and this show needed that type of attention otherwise one loses track of who was the wife or girlfriend (one was brunette and one was blonde, right?) and what the con was about.

Jeffrey October 02, 2010 | 10:03 AM

I was really getting into this show! WTF! Bring it back!

MB October 02, 2010 | 9:46 AM

Good Show. Bad Time Slot. Shows like this build momentum with word of mouth. I watched Lie To Me once and still think it is the worst show on TV - a guy solves crimes by watching how people twitch their mouths? Stupid. Way to go FOX. I hope Tampa Bay plays San Francisco in the World Series and nobody watches your network.

Tatedolan October 01, 2010 | 6:34 PM

I really liked the show and I'm very disappointed! Why didn't they just move it to another time slot? This is why I never watch Fox. I am surprised that Lie to Me is still on. Figures!

M Swim October 01, 2010 | 4:26 PM

I loved the first show, cause of the intrigue, but it's kinda like a moral dilemma.. In the second show, the main characater tried to justify himself having two wives.. That might work in Turkey or Utah, but not mainstream US or Canada, and my wife (and me ) were both uncomfortable making a hero of a man that F*cks around on his wife(wives) and is glorified for it.. The storyline could only have survived 4 or 5 episodes anyways

Elaine Smith October 01, 2010 | 2:14 PM

I loved this show, looked forward to a season of something different than a sitcon! What a shame to cancel so soon, shame on you FOX!!

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