The debut Fox drama "Lone Star" is on death watch after its disastrous premiere, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
But the expected cancellation isn’t attracting gleeful schadenfreude, the story says. "The "Star" pilot drew critical acclaim and stood out from the pack of new pilots for being different than the increasing glut of procedural hours," according to the article.
The fear is that the cancellation may foretell an unwillingness by television networks to try shows that break from the mold, the story points out. "Lone Star" drew just 4.1 million viewers, dropping 68% of the lead-in provided by "House," the story points out. While the show was in a competitive time-slot, that didn’t impact NBC’s "The Event."
Nevertheless, Fox does have some other options rather than cancellation: it could move the program to another night, relaunch it later in the season, or burn off the episodes in summer or on Hulu, the article says.