Fox's 9-1-1 Spinoff Has Found Rob Lowe's Co-Star

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The upcoming spinoff for Fox’s hit drama 9-1-1 has found Rob Lowe’s co-star, and the newly cast star is a familiar presence on both the small and silver screen! The mega-popular original series is coming back for its third season later this month, and the Lowe-led spinoff is set to premiere in January 2020, which means pivotal pieces needing to snap into place for 9-1-1: Lone Star behind the scenes.

Cue the casting of Liv Tyler! Yes, the Lord of the Rings and Leftovers star has signed on to star opposite Rob Lowe in 9-1-1: Lone Star. The spinoff will take place in Austin, Texas, hence the “Lone Star” reference in the title.

The series will follow Rob Lowe’s Owen, a New York firefighter described as “sophisticated.” Owen and his son have relocated to Texas’ capital, where he has to balance helping vulnerable people as well as solving the problems in his own life. Now that the backdrop of the series has been explained let’s dig into Liv Tyler’s 9-1-1: Lone Star character.

Liv Tyler will take on the role of Chief Paramedic Michelle Blake, per Deadline. She is described as a little rock ‘n’ roll, which could very well be an inside reference to Tyler’s father, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. Michelle is said to sometimes behave like a bad girl, but that she is also always a boss. (The Steven Tyler comparisons continue.)

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Insights into the character's personality do not end there. Michelle is also “compassionate,” and “ruthless,” “brilliant and wry.” How does she work with Rob Lowe’s Owen? From the sound of things, 9-1-1: Lone Star is setting up quite the dynamic between the duo, and Michelle is the only in the station who can match wits with Owen.

Outside of work, Michelle is consumed by a significant mystery in her personal life – the disappearance of her younger sister, Iris. She vanished two years ago, but Michelle has yet to find answers regarding her sister’s disappearance. Even though it may cause her to destroy her own life in the process, Michelle remains determined to unearth the truth.

This is a super intense character, and you can bet loads of drama is destined to unravel on 9-1-1: Lone Star! The flagship series is coming back to Fox's primetime schedule with UFC vet Ronda Rousey and a giant tsunami, so there is that.

After hosting a game show for Fox, Rob Lowe is ready to get back to the scripted drama side of his career. Fans will have to tune in and see how he and Liv Tyler play off each other. The spinoff is giving their characters an exciting dynamic to start with.

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Will Rob Lowe’s Owen help Liv Tyler’s Michelle find the truth about her sister? Something tells me that it is highly possible, but the Fox series holds the definitive answers.

The spinoff, 9-1-1: Lone Star, will premiere January 19. It will air in 9-1-1’s timeslot (Mondays at 9 p.m. ET) while 9-1-1 is on hiatus. Fox’s 9-1-1 will premiere Season 3 this fall on Monday, September 23, at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

Britt Lawrence

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