The ‘Lone Star cancelled’ announcement was quite inevitable. With Lone Star cancelled officially, it truly gets the TV season under way, now that it’s had its first cancellation. Yet in most years, the first new show to leave the air is derided by critics, and cheered for going off the air. But in this case, critics were trying to save this show, and hoped that it would get more time to develop. However, since audiences didn’t appear to feel the same way, it got Lone Star cancelled after just two weeks.
After ratings did not improve in week 2, its removal from the airwaves was just a matter of timing. Before FOX could make it official, they had to put something else on the air after House at 9 pm on Mondays. Once they selected Lie To Me to do that, there was no use in keeping up pretenses.
With the Lone Star cancelled development, it brings an early end to a show that was deemed to have a share of promise. Critics rated the pilot episode fairly high, praising James Wolk as a con man torn between two fake lives. However, critics are used to having shows they like get removed from the air – just not this quickly.
While shows like Bleep My Dad Says, Outlaw, Outscored and My Generation still have time to improve, despite terrible early reviews, Lone Star got cancelled first. However, it was put in perhaps the worst time slot of the bunch, as the 9 pm Monday slot was already crowded enough.
With Dancing With the Stars, football, and CBS comedies ruling the airwaves at 9 pm, Lone Star was cancelled because it fared poorly against the rest of the competition. Since NBC’s The Event got good ratings with its pilot, and Lone Star just got 4 million viewers, it made FOX more impatient.
However, The Event slid a bit in its second episode, and could just as easily crumble under its mysteries later on. But at the least, it will have at least a half season to find out, whereas with the Lone Star cancelled sentence, it won’t get even three weeks.
The show filmed several more episodes before word came down, so perhaps critics and remaining fans can now push for them to get a DVD release. If that happens, they can get a better idea on whether it was taken off too soon, or if it likely would have flamed out before long anyway.
Nevertheless, with Lone Star cancelled, the race is on to see which new show will go next. However, the winner is unlikely to have as many critics and bloggers mourning its demise.
HitFix- “Lone Star, EZ Streets and other swiftly-cancelled favorites”
New York Magazine- “With Lone Star Gone, Which Show Will Get Cancelled Next?”