‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Featured a ‘Mayor of Kingstown’ Star’: Here’s Why He Left

by Suzanne Halliburton
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It was such a sad episode of 9-1-1: Lone Star. Tommy Vega, the tough captain of station 126 paramedics, came home to find her husband dead.

Charles, the father of their twins, the stay-at-home dad and former restaurant owner, passed away of an aneurysm. And Tommy, portrayed by Gina Torres, could do nothing to save him. He already was gone by the time she found his body.

And that’s how 9-1-1: Lone Star said goodbye to Derek Webster. Tommy’s husband had a background role in season two. But he still was a well-liked character. The couple was friends with Judd (Jim Parrack) and Grace (Sierra Aylina McClain). And Charles staying at home with the daughters, allowed the show to tell more stories about Tommy as a working mother.

And now Tommy was a widowed mother. Tim Minear, the 9-1-1: Lone Star showrunner, said he took a chance in killing off Charles.

“It was not a no-brainer,” Minear told TVLine. “In fact, I got a lot of pushback from different quarters. It’s not like Derek’s people told me I couldn’t have him next year.”

Minear added: “On one hand, killing off Derek seemed like a gamble, but was it really? I knew I’d be giving Gina Torres an acting showcase.”

Webster, Torres Joined ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Cast for Season Two

Torres joined the cast of 9-1-1: Lone Star for season two. The show needed a new female lead after the departure of Liv Tyler, who portrayed paramedic captain Michelle Blake.

Webster had another job already lined up. He shifted from one Fox drama to another, joining the cast of Our Kind of People.

But now he’s joined the cast of Mayor of Kingstown, the new Taylor Sheridan drama on Paramount+. The show, which stars Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner, premiered on Paramount Network to an audience of 2.5 million.

“The testing was through the roof leading up to the series,” said Chris McCarthy, the president and CEO of MTV Entertainment. “So we felt really good and confident about Taylor delivering only what Taylor can for us. And the numbers really show that. It is kind of astounding to see a new series at this stage get those numbers.”

While Webster was a restaurateur on 9-1-1: Lone Star, he portrays a cop on Mayor of Kingstown. The series follows the follows the McLucky family who live in Kingstown, Mich. The town’s main business is incarceration, with several prisons in the area.

Meanwhile, 9-1-1: Lone Star is in production for season three. The Rob Lowe rescue drama kicks off Jan. 3. The show, which is set in Austin, Tx., will feature a Lone Star-sized ice storm as its rescue theme for the first episode. It’ll be true to life, since a series of winter storms shut down Austin for a week in February,