23 September 2020 22:34
Liv Tyler won't be appearing in the second season of spinoff series 9-1-1: Lone Star, its showrunner Tim Minear has confirmed. The Lord of the Rings star, who currently lives in London, wasn't keen on the prospect of flying over to the US to film during a pandemic allegedly, so has dropped out of the upcoming project. Produced by Minear, Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, 9-1-1: Lone Star stars centres on a group of "police officers, firefighters and dispatchers who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations." Oliver Clark and Rob Lowe featured along Tyler in its debut instalment. Related: 9-1-1: Lone Star's Rafael Silva on 'Tarlos', season 2, and playing a queer Latino cop in 2020 "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 Minear recently told The Wrap. "We loved working with Liv and will be forever indebted to her for her haunting, powerful portrayal of Michelle Blake," he continued.
"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. Earlier this month, it was announced that former Suits star Gina Torres had joined the cast of 9-1-1: Lone Star, and that she'll appear in a series regular role when the crisis drama returns in 2021. Related: 9-1-1: Lone Star director of photography gives his favourite moments from season one According to the aforementioned publication, she'll be playing a retired paramedic captain, who is forced to put on her uniform once more when her husband's restaurant goes under due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 2020 is finally looking up," Minear – who previously worked with Torres on Joss Whedon's Firefly series back in the early 2000s – said in a statement at the time. 9-1-1: Lone Star airs on FOX in the US and Sky Witness in the UK.
'We loved working with Liv and will be forever indebted to her for her haunting, powerful portrayal of Michelle Blake… The door here will always be open for a return.' Suits star Gina Torres will replace Liv in the show (Picture: Getty Images) Liv's departure will not disrupt a major story arc involving her character Michelle Blake's search for her missing sister, as it was resolved at the end of the first season. Suits star Gina Torres has since signed on to replace Liv in the series, portraying the role of Tommy Vega, the captain of a paramedic team. 911: Lone Star season two is expected to air in 2021. Which '911: Lone Star' cast member is opting out of season 2? The 911: Lone Star cast is going to look a little bit different in its second season.
With a diverse and charming cast led by Rob Lowe, 911: Lone Star proved to be very popular with its 10-episode first season. Due to COVID-19, of course, the second season of the series is delayed until sometime in 2021. Due to the current global pandemic, one of the original cast members has bowed out of the series second season. And just how will 911: Lone Star compensate for the loss of this cast member? Liv Tyler, who plays paramedic captain Michelle Blake, has exited the series. Tyler originally signed a multi-year deal with 911: Lone Star. Due to the pandemic, however, she has decided to not return for the show's second season. Tyler lives in London with her kids and commutes to LA to film the series. Tim Minear, the showrunner for both 911 and 911: Lone Star, makes it clear that Tyler is more than welcome to return when she can. In a statement, he said, "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. We loved working with Liv and will be forever indebted to her for her haunting, powerful portrayal of Michelle Blake. Gina Torres will join the 911: Lone Star cast for the show's second season. For eight years life was great, until COVID-19 changed her life." Both 911 and 911: Lone Star will incorporate COVID-19 storylines into their upcoming seasons. Actually, Firefly is where she previously worked with 911: Lone Star showrunner Tim Minear. When will 911: Lone Star return? Liv Tyler has quit the US TV show 911: Lone Star amid concerns about flying during the coronavirus pandemic. Tyler starred alongside Rob Lowe in the series, which is a spin-off from the Ryan Murphy police drama 911 starring Angela Bassett. Tyler, who is based in the UK with her husband Dave Gardner and their children, commuted back and forth to Los Angeles to film the show's first season. As the US entertainment industry prepares to reopen for filming, however, Tyler has chosen to withdraw from the show instead of replicating the same commuting arrangement for its second season. "The coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding travel amid a potential new wave of infections in the fall made continuing on the show a difficult proposition for Tyler," Deadline Hollywood has claimed. 911: Lone Star's showrunner Tim Minear confirmed Tyler's exit in a statement. "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," Minear said. "We loved working with Liv and will be forever indebted to her for her haunting, powerful portrayal of Michelle Blake...