Fox is answering the call for "911" fans eager for more stories about dispatchers and first responders, ordering a spinoff series starring beloved TV veteran Rob Lowe ("Parks and Recreation," "Code Black").
"911: Lone Star" will be set in Austin, Texas, and has been ordered straight to series by the network. There's no premiere date yet, but it is expected to debut sometime during the 2019-2020 television season.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lowe plays "a sophisticated New York cop" who uproots his life and moves to Austin with his son, where he "must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in his own life." The trade also says that there's no word yet on whether any members of the original "911" cast -- which features Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, and Jennifer Love Hewitt -- will be joining "Lone Star."
The flagship series was created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear, who will co-executive produce the spinoff alongside Lowe. Minear will also pull double-duty as showrunner on both series.
"The beauty of having a hit drama like '911' from the genius minds of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear is it allows you to explore thrilling stories as told through an array of distinctive characters," said Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn in a statement. "In '911: Lone Star,' they’ve given us a special opportunity to expand the franchise into new territory — literally and figuratively — and we’re thrilled to have the incomparable Rob Lowe headline this new iteration when it joins our schedule next season."
According to THR, Murphy is hoping that "911" will launch a franchise akin to NBC's trio of "Chicago" procedural shows, from producer Dick Wolf. Stay tuned to see if any other spinoffs join the "911" fold in the coming years.
[via: The Hollywood Reporter]