Liv Tyler has decided not to return for 9-1-1: Lone Star Season 2 due to COVID-19-related travel issues. The actress was commuting for the role from London to Los Angeles.
“What a thrill it was having a movie star of Liv Tyler’s stature to help us launch the first season of 911: Lone Star,” co-creator and showrunner Tim Minear said.
“We loved working with Liv and will be forever indebted to her for her haunting, powerful portrayal of Michelle Blake. While we were able to tell a complete chapter in Michelle’s story, as with Connie Britton on our mothership, we also feel like there are more stories to be told. The door here will always be open for a return.”
Liv Tyler’s role will not be recast for Lone Star Season 2, but there will be a possibility for her to return.
Torres will be a series regular in the second season, which is scheduled to begin production in Los Angeles later this fall for a premiere in early 2021 as part of the network’s midseason schedule.
Torres will play Paramedic Captain Tommy Vega, who was at the top of her game when she hung up her uniform to raise her twin daughters. For eight years life was great, until COVID-19 changed her life. With her husband’s restaurant going under, Tommy has no choice but to re-enter the workforce to support her family.
Though it breaks her heart to be apart from her little girls, Tommy will show the world that no matter how much time has passed, when she puts on that uniform, she’s still a boss.
“We are so excited to be expanding our 9-1-1-verse with the addition of Gina Torres,” Minear said earlier this month. “I’ve been dying to write for her again ever since Firefly. Gina brings warmth, intelligence and command to everything she does. 2020 is finally looking up.”
9-1-1: Lone Star is this season’s #1 new series among Adults 18-49 (tie with FOX’s LEGO Masters) and the #2 most-watched new series. With a Total Multiplatform average audience of 12.3 million viewers, 9-1-1: Lone Star garners a +97% lift from its Live + Same Day delivery.
Creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear reenergize the procedural drama with 9-1-1 and its newest extension of its universe set in Austin, TX, 9-1-1: Lone Star, exploring the high-pressure experiences of police officers, firefighters and dispatchers who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations.
These emergency responders must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in their own lives.
9-1-1: Lone Star is produced by 20th Television in association with Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear are creators and executive producers, with Minear serving as showrunner on the series.
Alexis Martin Woodall, Bradley Buecker, Rashad Raisani, John J. Gray, Angela Bassett and Rob Lowe are executive producers. Buecker directed the series premiere and continues to direct episodes of the series.