9-1-1 TV series fans, this is not a fire drill! The new spinoff, 9-1-1: Lone Star, is set to premiere this weekend and will hopefully benefit from running after Fox’s Sunday night football programming. As with all spinoffs, the potential for a crossover event presents itself. But will Fox take it? For the first season, apparently not.
9-1-1: Lone Star executive producer Tim Minear recently explained to TVLine that while he’s not completely opposed to the possibility, for the first season of 9-1-1: Lone Star he believes that each show “should stay in their own lane.” For those eager to see at least some connection to the original show, Minear did confirm that a character who was rescued on 9-1-1 would be needing the services of the new Texas-based firehouse in an upcoming episode.
“A character from 9-1-1 who was the subject of a rescue relocates to Texas — and wouldn’t you know it, she ends up needing to call 9-1-1 there, too,” said Minear, per TVLine.
If you were in a holiday coma and missed the announcement of the 9-1-1 spinoff, prolific TV producer Ryan Murphy alongside co-creators Minear and Brad Falchuk are taking the concept of following the people behind emergency management systems to Texas with 9-1-1: Lone Star. The series will star Rob Lowe as Owen Stand, a Manhattan fire chief who moves to Austin with the mission to rebuild a firehouse. The show will also star Liv Tyler as Michelle Blake, a chief EMT who is tragically haunted by her missing sister, EW reports.
Additionally, just like the original series, 9-1-1: Lone Star will feature a diverse cast, including a Black transgender man played by Queen Sugar’s Brian Michael Smith, and a thrill-seeking Muslim woman played by Natacha Karam. The emphasis on diversity is even built into the show, as the Department of Justice specifically tasked Stand to address diversity concerns.
9-1-1: Lone Star will premiere Jan 19 on Fox at 10 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, the original series, 9-1-1, will return to Fox in March.