A new Fox TV drama starring Rob Lowe is set in Austin. But, the big question is: Will we be spotting Rob Lowe out and about when he’s not shooting scenes?
The short and sad answer is no.
The series, 9-1-1 Lone Star, is scheduled for a two-night premiere in January. Although the show takes place in the Capital City, Chris Alexander, executive vice president of corporate communications and publicity at 20th Century Fox Television, tells CultureMap the show will be filmed in Los Angeles rather than Austin.
“It always stings to see a show set in Austin film elsewhere, especially with all Austin has to offer, including a talented crew base, facilities, vendors, and diverse locations,” Brian Gannon, director of the Austin Film Commission, tells CultureMap. “Obviously, there are many factors that come into play when networks are deciding where to base a series.”
Over the years, a number of TV and film productions have been shot in and around Central Texas, including Dazed and Confused, Friday Night Lights, Miss Congeniality, Office Space, Spy Kids, Temple Grandin, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, True Grit, Varsity Blues, and Walker, Texas Ranger.
Every year, the creative sector — including TV and film productions — pumps billions of dollars into the area’s economy.
“Along with job creation and a healthy boost to the local economy, film, television, and commercial productions promote Austin,” Gannon says. “We are grateful to have a number of high-profile series set in Austin, like Fear the Walking Dead, which is currently filming season five, and the recently wrapped second season of the Facebook high school drama series Skam Austin.”
According to a May 12 announcement from Fox Entertainment, 9-1-1 Lone Star, a spinoff of Fox’s top-rated drama, 9-1-1, follows a “sophisticated” New York cop, played by Lowe, who relocates to Austin with his son. Lowe’s character, the announcement says, “must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in his own life.”
Lowe, who rose to fame as a member of Hollywood’s “Brat Pack," is co-executive producer of 9-1-1 Lone Star. He already appears on Fox as host of a game show called Mental Samurai. Previous TV shows starring Lowe include The Grinder, Parks and Recreation, and The West Wing.
Lowe’s latest series is being produced by 20th Century Fox Television in conjunction with Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision.