9-1-1 fans can rest assured that mother nature will still have her say in the show's first spin-off, 9-1-1: Lone Star. At Fox's TCA winter press tour presentation, TV Guide, along with a small group of reporters, spoke with lead actor Rob Lowe about what kind of natural disasters fans can expect to see on this new Austin-based extension of the first responder procedural. He confirmed that the show will indeed introduce an environmental catastrophe — and soon.
Lowe told TV Guide, "The one that I'm really looking forward to is, there's a massive tornado that will be the episode after ... the Super Bowl. This show is massive. They go all out."
He also assured that the show will borrow from the original show's formula of mixing things up. "We like to toggle between the big massive [disasters] and then the weird [cases]. We always try to keep the, 'I can't believe they just did that' or the 'I can't believe we just saw that.'" One such, he teased: "There may or may not be an explosion at a bull semen factory. Oh, yeah. It is Texas."
9-1-1: Lone Star premieres with a Sunday, Jan. 19 following the NFC Championship football game, before airing in its regular time slot on Monday, Jan. 20 at 8/7c.
Editor's Note: Rob Lowe's initial quote was slightly adjusted to accurately reflect his statement.
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