Fox's Lone Star was one of the biggest talks of the 2010 Fall TV Season, with even our own Anthony Ocasio praising it as one of the best pilots of the season. However, despite all the critical praise heaped upon it, Lonestar ultimately crashed and burned in the ratings, snagging only 4 million viewers.
The buzzards are already circling, with whispers of Lone Star's cancellation spreading wide and far in the mere 36 hours since it debuted on TV. However, Vulture has the exclusive word that Fox is not ready to pull the plug on their new contender quite yet...but still, the chances of the show clinging to life are looking slimmer by the minute.
I happened to catch Lone Star on Monday night - but it was purely by accident. I was watching the House Season premiere and just happened to leave my TV tuned to Fox afterward. My 9pm slot was already booked up (my girlfriend wanted to see Dancing With The Stars, while I was curious about NBC's The Event), however within the span of three minutes, Lone Star had snagged my full attention and those other shows immediately got the DVR treatment.
Lone Star was something of a mystery to when I started watching it, so I'm going to assume that most of you (except those 4 million who tuned in) don't necessarily know about it either. Here's a synopsis:
In Houston, Texas the very charming Bob Allen (James Wolk) is married to Cat (Adrianne Palicki), whose father Clint (Jon Voight) is the patriarch of one of the richest oil families in the country. His plans for the future are to position himself high enough in the oil company so he can one day clean them out. Hundreds of miles away in Midland, Texas, Robert Allen has a girlfriend named Lindsay (Eloise Mumford) and spends his time bilking investors out of their hard-earned cash. Bob and Robert happen to be the same man, living two lives -- which are coming dangerously close to colliding.
This was a pilot that defied my every guess and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. It was truly thrilling ride watching con man Bob/Robert work his oil con on two fronts; deal with his hardcore con man father (David Keith); coax Lindsay and her entire blue-collar community out of their money; and try to win his ruthless father-in-law's favor without meeting a grisly Texas justice fate. James Wolk was also one hell of a leading man, making Bob/Robert an anti-hero who all at once displayed limitless charm and cunning, deep emotional turmoil, and cojones of steel. The supporting cast (especially David Keith and Jon Voight as the father figures) were also pretty tight. I was pleasantly surprised, and then, really excited to get into this show.
At the current moment Fox is said to be continuing production on the show, with episode six going in front of cameras this week. However, the ratings were so low that even if more viewers tune in next week the smart money says it won't be enough - but don't let the possibility of an awkward cutoff stop you from checking this show out.
If you want to see some good TV drama and a nice spin on the con man genre, catch Lone Star next Monday on Fox @ 9pm, immediately following House. It's much better than what NBC offered with The Event.