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In some ways, Rob Lowe is a fit for the Ryan Murphy universe. Something about his actorly vanity — so much a part of his star persona that it tends to impact every project he works on — feels lurid and unseemly in exactly the bad-taste way as does much of Murphy’s work. A plotline, for instance, in which a cancer patient has to choose between lifesaving treatments and his hair-regrowth therapy might be a tidy morality tale of the sort that bulk out “American Horror Story” episodes.
But, strangely enough, Lowe is not on one of the shows that bear its creator’s signature dark mania, but instead within the expanded Murphy universe on the sunny, fun new drama spinoff “9-1-1: Lone Star.” And Lowe’s plotline about choosing between his hair or his life is played for sympathy, as part of an overall heroic man’s journey towards a better understanding of himself. Maybe it could be that with yet more narrative massaging than it gets here — if we hadn’t seen this particular side of Lowe so many times...
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