A bit of a shake-up to the cast of Fox series 9-1-1: Lone Star.
Liv Tyler, who led the first season of the series with Rob Lowe, will not be returning for season two. As was first reported by Deadline, the decision not to continue on with the series is “related to family and travel during the pandemic.” Tyler is based in London, where she lives with her partner and children, and was flying back and forth to Los Angeles while filming s1.
Tyler’s character, paramedic captain Michell Blake, will not be recast or written off – so there is a chance Tyler will reprise the role down the road.
“We loved working with Liv and will be forever indebted to her for her haunting, powerful portrayal of Michelle Blake,” Tim Minear, 9-1-1: Lone Star co-creator/executive producer/showrunner, said in a statement. “While we were able to tell a complete chapter in Michelle’s story, as with Connie Britton [who also left after s1] on our mothership, we also feel like there are more stories to be told. The door here will always be open for a return.”
The character of Michelle Blake managed to have a completed arc during with the first season, so at least fans won’t have a frustrating plot thread to deal with when season two returns.
As for the new female lead, that role will be filled by Gina Torres (Suits, Firefly), who will be starring as Paramedic Captain Tommy Vega.