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There’s plenty of whining on the Internet today about Fox making Lone Star the first cancellation of the season. Some are saying it is being punished for being different or being a serial drama or not having a big name lead. That everything else new this season is just derivative and boring. Left out of the discussion, it seems to me, is that it is a really dumb idea for a TV show.
This dude is a con artist. He’s pretending to be married to a hot blonde, and also has this double life with this equally hot brunette. His con artist daddy says run the scam, steal the money, don’t fall for the fake life. The dude says he loves both women and he’s gonna keep on running between two homes. The daddy dude he fake works for says he can spot a phony and he has his eye on him.
An OK movie premise, I guess, but this thing was supposed to run five years?? Lone Star never passed the what’s the next episode sniff test, in my opinion.
The show had an enormous problem even the programming geniuses at Fox should have recognized. Men wouldn’t watch it because he’s getting away with what we all want and he’s making us all look like two timing weasels. Women won’t watch it because he’s a two-timing weasel. That doesn’t leave many viewers.
That it was too good for today’s TV market is ridiculous. Viewers have never been more sophisticated. If you’re going to bring a cable premise, bring it to cable. Watered down Californication just leads to Swing Town. Lone Star wasn’t even Knots Landing meets Sister Wives.
This thing started small and shed viewers like crazy minute-by-minute. In other words, the few that did sample it didn’t like it. There’s no way you bring this thing back in episode four, five or seven. It is D.O.A. Next.