And the first official cancellation of the 2010-11 TV season is… a real bummer. Fox has pulled the plug on its critically adored con-man drama Lone Star after two low-rated episodes.
Lie to Me—which wasn’t expected to kick off its third season until later this fall—takes over the show’s Monday-at-9 time slot beginning next week.
Lone Star got off to a disastrous start last week, averaging just over 4 million viewers. The depressing numbers prompted series creator Kyle Killen to pen an open letter to fans urging them to tune in for episode 2. “For [Lone Star] to survive we’re going to have to pull off a minor miracle,” he wrote. “Statistically, new shows tend to lose viewers in their second week. We’re aiming to gain them. In fact, screw it, let’s just double our audience.”
Unfortunately, viewership for last night’s episode sank to 3.2 million viewers, sealing the show’s fate.
Production on Lone Star will cease immediately, confirms a 20th Century Fox spokesperson. “We will have shot five completed episodes after the pilot,” says the rep, “and will not complete principal photography on episode 106.” It’s not clear what will happen to the unaired episodes.
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