There’s a good reason that 9-1-1: Lone Star films in Austin, Texas.
In an interview with Assignment X, showrunner Tim Minear joked that they threw a dart on the map to determine the filming location. But in all reality, the show has the perfect location and it was well thought out.
“The thing that I think works so well on 9-1-1 is that kind of combination of blue sky and urban, like L.A. gives you everything,” Minear explained. “And Austin does as well. You have this sort of hipster culture. You have sort of Blue America in the middle of Red America. [Austin] has it all, and we just thought we would do a barbecued flavor version of the show. It’s a taste of 9-1-1.”
The majority of the show’s writers are from Texas. Fellow showrunner Rashad Raisani is also from Texas. He noted that the show has a “particular resonance” for him.
“There’s a lot of preconceptions about people in Texas,” Raisani said. “And how they react to people of color, and people of different religious backgrounds, and political backgrounds. And I think there’s always some truth to stereotypes. So we play that, we don’t shy away from that.”
The most important thing at the end of the day for him is that they put aside their differences. Whether that be political, cultural, religious, etc. “Which is what all of these first responders do every day.”
‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Worst Part of the Job
9-1-1: Lone Star has one contraption that has been the most annoying part of the job. Brian Michael Smith said that he and the rest of the act have a least favorite aspect of the job, the rain machine.
“The rain machine is the bane of my existence,” Paul Strickland actor, Brian Michael Smith shared. “We had to do a scene in the rain, and at first, it was exciting and exhilarating, because it really pumped up the adrenaline. But it gets cold at night, and when that cold water gets to those turnouts [firefighter uniforms], you start to feel it.”
After just one scene with the rain machine, the novelty wore out. It wasn’t fun anymore and it was freezing and uncomfortable.
“If I don’t have to do another rain machine in my life, I think I’d be a happy guy,” he concluded.
Smith also discussed what it’s like for the team to battle fires on the set. While the fire is controlled, it is very real and the stunts are legitimate.
“It feels like a choreographed dance,” Smith expressed. “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.”