‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Is Freezing Over in First Preview for Season 3

by Suzanne Halliburton

Grab a jacket, 9-1-1: Lone Star fans. And maybe some thick gloves and a pair of boots. The season three preview is chilly.

Fox dropped a 10-second clip of 9-1-1: Lone Star at the very end of the network’s The Big Leap, Monday night. The hour traditionally is occupied by the 9-1-1 spinoff, so it sort of made sense to introduce it there.

And the show is embracing a wild Texas ice storm. As “Cold As Ice” plays over the video, you see Rob Lowe as Captain Owen Strand. Then there’s his son, TK (Ronen Rubinstein) one of the paramedics. TK is trying to rescue someone who had fallen into an icy lake.

Emphasis, cold.

‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Is Telling Real Story of Crazy Texas Ice Storm

The beauty of 9-1-1: Lone Star and the mothership, 9-1-1, is that the crazy rescues have one foot in reality. Like Monday night’s 9-1-1 episode was about fighting fires during a prison riot while an escapee flees to a hospital to help his son. The catch was the inmate was on death row and wanted to donate his heart to his dying son.

9-1-1: Lone Star is filmed in Los Angeles, but it’s set in Austin, Tx. And a severe winter storm really did hit Austin — the whole state of Texas, in fact — while 9-1-1: Lone Star was in its second season last February. Austin experienced a blizzard that was sandwiched by an ice storm and a couple of smaller snow events. Roads were closed during “Snowvid.” A chunk of the town had no electricity and most of the city had no water. This went on for days. So it’s very realistic that the 126 would be scurrying around, rescuing folks stuck in the ice and snow.

The Fox tease also promised that 9-1-1: Lone Star would premiere sometime in January. There’s no official date, but you can start the countdown clock, albeit kind of unofficially.

As season two ended in May, the 126 was in disarray. An arsonist already torched the firehouse, so the firefighters and paramedics were scattered throughout the city. Then, at the end of the episode, they all got together to begin demolition of the 126 to save money on the rebuilding costs.

Captain Strand turned down a promotion to be deputy chief of the city’s fire department. He wanted to be more hands on, as opposed to a bureaucrat. But it turns out that Billy (Billy Burke) accepted the promotion. He’s a frenemy of Captain Strand’s. And in this instance, Billy was smiling as he told the 126 that he was closing their house, permanently.

When 9-1-1: Lone Star cranks back up, the firefighters from the 126, again, will be working throughout the city. Will they ever be able to reunite? Stay tuned.