Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Please watch LONE STAR

Apparently, LONE STAR is in danger of getting cancelled. After one episode. Even though it's great. Sighhhh.

Here's a preview for the pilot, which you can watch in its entirety by clicking here.




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13 comments:

Mar said...

after one episode? how can they possibly judge the show on one episode? they should be firing the marketing team, not the show.

Steve said...

Yeah, it's crazy to think it could be cancelled so soon, but apparently the ratings were just dreadful. I liked the pilot and will be tuning in as long as it's on.

GregM said...

This got a great review from Alan Sepinwall, whom I'd seriously consider trusting with my life. I'm kinda tapped out on TV (Mad Men, Chuck, Fringe, and now Terriers & Boardwalk Empire--all excellent!) but it'd be a shame to see the best new network show of the year get cancelled. I'll either tune in or DVR it next week.

GregM said...

And your recommendation means something as well, Amanda!

Jay Faerber said...

I just caught this last night and loved it, and was surprised to read about all this cancellation talk this morning on the various industry sites. Score another one for originality in Hollywood, huh? Time to crank out another NCIS spin-off.

Amy Butler said...

Just watched it and really liked it. I posted a review at my blog but it's got spoilers so I won't rewrite here. Basically I had a real issue with the end until I realized the story I wanted the writers to tell and the story the writers are telling where two different things.

And they were completely right.

Here's to hoping it stays on!

Carlos M. Hernandez said...

This makes me sad, but I'd like to point my finger at FOX first. The deal is: I did not know what this show was about when I saw the ads on television (which were very few because I don't watch much on-air television). I read the wiki entry (which also does a poor job of describing the series) because the title sounded interesting and I heard good reviews so I watched and I thought it was one of the best pilots I've seen on television.

I mentioned the show to people on a message board and someone responded back that they were not interested in a show about a guy trying to balance two women in his life.

The show is not even about that, which just proves the point that the marketing failed.

Sasha said...

Maybe it was a problem of not having enough billboards/street advertising?

I loved the show--just watched it--but it does seem like it would skew relatively young (for a network show, anyway), and how many people under 35 watch enough TV on an actual TV to catch aired trailers/ads?

I'd heard great word-of-mouth around town, but I hadn't seen any actual advertising or had any idea what the show was about until just now.

Jeez, I so hope it isn't canceled! It's fantastic :) Love the premise, love the acting, the editing was incredible...

Dan Williams said...

One problem might be the title "Lone Star."

This was the title of a really bleak movie by John Sayles. As soon as I read the title, I thought of the movie and was really turned off. I'm wondering if a large chunk of the audience is feeling the same.

In any case, the net could do a blitz marketing campaign and rebroadcast the pilot on another time slot next week, if they want to give it time to find an audience. It makes sense if the pilot receives critical approval, which this one did. It took "Hill Street Blues" two years to build it's audience.

Jane said...

I wanted to like it based on reviews, but I didn't, and I've been trying to figure out why ever since.

Adrianne Palicki was great. Everybody else was cookie cutter. Jon Voight's character was cliche, the girlfriend was too syrupy sweet. The lead also didn't cut it for me – no subtlety, even when he wasn't speaking. As far as the concept, I'm not sure today's audiences have the patience to invest a couple dozen hours into a series where the main conflict is a battle inside one guy's conscience, (especially if the actor is better suited to tv commercials).

In terms of stakes, it's not really set up for major consequences. Presumably he doesn't get seriously busted, and he keeps both women. Complications ensue, and then...nothing?

I've read several comments elsewhere suggesting this was the network's attempt at television for grown ups, like Mad Men. But Mad Men sells nostalgia, it sells style, good writing and acting, and the conflicts are many and varied. This seems to have one note, and it didn't play it particularly well.

Crystal said...

I didn't watch the show but the billboards really turned me off. It just makes the premise look so stupid, at least in my opinion.

Jenny said...

I haven't seen the show but I don't think it's really the quality of the show that's the problem. I think it might have something to do w/ the concept of the con artist; because of all the news coverage of con artists, Madoff, Enron, Worldcom, Abramoff (which will have it's own movie soon), the Global economic meltdown/the taking of tax payer money by giant corporations, people are probably sick and tired of hearing about this concept even if it is a man who has a conscious to do what's right. Most Americans I think are just sick of it bc it almost seems like the only place they can find someone who feels guilt about everything thats happened is a fictionalized person. And with the current economic downturn and still high unemployment, many people have become and are still bitter about what's happened.

Scott said...

Lone Star is cancelled. Officially.