‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Actor Calls Certain Firefighting Scenes a ‘Choreographed Dance’

by Suzanne Halliburton

Brian Michael Smith says he and the rest of the firefighters on 9-1-1: Lone Star all took classes on how to fight fires.

And when he sees the finished product on screen, when Smith and the other actors fight fictional fires in Austin, Tx, it’s like watching a dance sequence. To Smith, who plays firefighter Paul Strickland on 9-1-1: Lone Star, it’s always beautiful.

“It feels like a choreographed dance,” Smith said in a 2020 interview with AssignmentX. “But it also feels like we’re working together as a cohesive unit and a squad. And I feel like it was moments like those that allowed for us to really connect, and become as close as we’ve become, working together.

“And it’s reflective of what we saw when we did our training with the actual firefighters, with the fire station training. They really listen to each other, they believe in each other, they know that they have each other’s backs, and they know what to do on the scene. So you just have blind trust for the person standing next to you, which I think is really refreshing, and makes the job exciting.”

9-1-1: Lone Star fans are anxiously awaiting any word on when season three might premiere.

Thanks to the show’s Twitter account, we do know that the cast is hard at work. Early Thursday, the 9-1-1: Lone Star social media account posted a photo from production. The caption: “Rain or shine, the 126 is out on the grind.”

We know that the show returns for season three sometime early in 2022 and probably will follow its sister series, 9-1-1. The original 9-1-1 premiered for season five last month. The drama/comedy The Big Leap follows it.

Last month, Ronen Rubenstein, who plays TK Strand, posted the cover sheet of the season three script. The episode is called The Big Chill.

As 9-1-1: Lone Star Season Three Premieres, What Will Happen to the 126?

When 9-1-1: Lone Star closed season two, the 126 was left adrift. The firehouse had been damaged in a fire. Yes, really. And in the finale, the firefighters worked from some of Austin’s other stations. They did gather at the end to do their own renovation of the station.

However, Billy Tyson (Billy Burke) took the job of deputy fire chief. That’s the position that Owen Strand (Rob Lowe) turned down. And with his new power, Billy decided to close the 126 station because he’s always in a competition with Owen. Plus, he’s also vindictive. However, you can see in the Twitter photo that four of the key members of the 126 are together.

9-1-1: Lone Star showrunner Tim Minear said it’s a “definite possibility” that the 126 will be without a station to work from to start season three. And in the interview with TV Line, Minear said no one can trust Billy.