First Canceled Show Of The Season: ‘Lone Star’

by | September 28, 2010 at 5:31 PM | TV News

'Lone Star' (Photo: Fox)

'Lone Star' (Photo: Fox)

The verdict is in and we have the first flop of the fall 2009-2010 season: ‘Lone Star.’

It’s official: Fox has canceled the struggling series due to low ratings after two airings, the network confirmed Tuesday.

Despite its disappointing debut, the con man drama’s failure has somewhat blindsided TV peeps, since the well-reviewed show was pegged by many critics as one to watch this fall.

But in its second outing Monday night, ‘Lone Star’ was a-lone in last place again: it dropped another 7% to 3.78 million viewers, after pulling a dismal 1.3 rating in the key adult demo for the premiere. (Guess the creator’s begging for viewers kind of backfired, huh?).

New episodes of the Tim Roth series ‘Lie to Me’ will air in its place at 9 p.m., beginning next Monday with the Season 3 premiere.

Fox is known for being swift with the axe, but this one seems particularly abrupt, considering the praise and save-the-show campaigns that popped up for the ‘Dallas’-style series, which starred newcomer James Wolk and veteran actor Jon Voight. Airing in the highly competitive Mondays-at-9 time slot definitely hurt, so it’s surprising the network didn’t try to give the show a shot on another night before pulling it entirely.

Looks like you can mess with Texas after all.