9-1-1: Lone Star — Grade the Premiere! Plus, Get the Story Behind That Big Twist for Rob Lowe's Character

TVLine | 1/19/2020 | Andy Swift
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Fox two-stepped down to Texas on Sunday for the series premiere of 9-1-1: Lone Star, a dramatic tale of heroism, tragedy and the importance of a personalized skincare regimen.

Here’s the story: Six months after an ammonium nitrate-fueled explosion wipes out all but one member of Austin, Texas’ Ladder 126, the Department of Justice turns to a decorated Manhattan fire captain (Rob Lowe as Owen Strand) to help rebuild the fractured firehouse from the ground up. The manicured-yet-rugged city mouse is naturally hesitant to upend his entire life… until a series of unfortunate events forces him to reevaluate his priorities.

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For starters, Owen’s son TK — an out gay firefighter with a substance abuse problem, played by Ronen Rubinstein — tries to kill himself when his boyfriend, to whom he planned to propose, reveals he’s in love with someone else. (Side note: Who would choose a spin instructor over a firefighter? TK can… and will… do better.) On top of that, Owen’s doctor diagnoses him with stage 1B lung cancer.

“We try to find a personal emergency for our characters,” executive producer Tim Minear tells TVLine of Owen’s medical ordeal. “When you met Abby in Season 1 of 9-1-1, her mother had Alzheimer’s. And Athena’s marriage was falling apart. And Bobby had a secret that he left behind in Minnesota. These personal emergencies are a big part of the show, so when we decided to make Rob a survivor of 9/11, that is the story of those first responders. They may have left the dust cloud behind 20 years ago, but they couldn’t always completely run away from it. The incidents of after-effect illnesses with people who were at ground zero is a real thing.”

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