In what sounds like a game of television Mad Libs gone completely askew, Rob Lowe is joining Ryan Murphy's 9-1-1 television franchise in a spin-off set in Austin, Texas called 9-1-1: Lone Star. So if you had money in your television spin-off pool on "9-1-1 gets a second installment," congrats, because it's happening.
9-1-1: Lone Star will follow Lowe's sophisticated New York cop who, along with his son, re-locates to Austin, and must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in his own life.
The original Fox show — which stars Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Oliver Stark — follows the lives of Los Angeles first responders, including police officers, paramedics, firefighters, and dispatchers, and the crazy, life-threatening situations they face just doing their every day job. 9-1-1: Lone Star will be the same, just in Texas. The series was created by Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear, who will all serve as executive producers, along with Lowe.
"The beauty of having a hit drama like 9-1-1 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," Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment, Fox Entertainment, said in a statement. "In 9-1-1: 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."
In response to joining the show, Lowe explained, "Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear's ability to make smart, unique, great television is unmatched. I'm elated to join this team."
No other cast members have been revealed at this time.
9-1-1: Lone Star will premiere during the 2019-2020 television season.