‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Showrunner Tim Minear Explains Process of Writing in a Major Disaster

by Megan Molseed
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Now that the New Year is finally here, 9-1-1 Lone Star fans are in for a treat as the third season of the popular Fox drama is set to premiere on Monday, January 10.

And, while much of the country has been gripped by some intense winter weather, 9-1-1 Lone Star seems to be fitting right in when the 126 team will be facing an unexpected cold front and ice storm, creating havoc in the Lone Star state.

While fans are gearing up to welcome our favorite 9-1-1 Lone Star players back to the airwaves next week, showrunner Tim Minnear describes the process of writing a major disaster such as this into the script.

“Somebody had pitched the haboob, the dust storm. And [Executive Producer] Rashad [Raisani] and some of the other writers had been talking about the cold snap that happened in Austin in 2021,” Tim Minear tells Decider of the process that led to the showrunner coming up with the intense third season premiere storyline.

“We talked about doing that, and at first I hesitated,” the showrunner adds.

“A tsunami is one thing, right?” Minear quips.

“You create the spectacle, you build some streets in a tank in Mexico and you have the big event and then you have the fighting against the receding water and it’s very visual,” he explains. “But cold is cold.”

Tim Minear adds that creating a winter storm for the cameras while shooting in Los Angeles in ninety-degree weather wasn’t the easiest task, either.

“So the question was, first of all, how do we make it snow in Texas while we’re shooting it in Los Angeles and it’s 90 degrees,” the showrunner explains.

‘9-1-1 Lone Star’ Creates Winter Storm In 90-Degree Weather

“That was a trick,” Minear continues.

“We shot the whole thing here in the summer” the showrunner notes. “So all of that is the magic of my genius practical and digital effects people — mostly practical.”

Furthermore, Minear says, he is used to creating some incredible storylines that seem impossible to create.

“In Season 1, I remember Rashad and I were working on the finale of the solar storm,” the 9-1-1 Lone Star producer explains.

“We were probably four days into prep of an eight- or nine-day prep period. And we still didn’t know what we were going to do,” he remembers.

“All I knew is that I wanted to have a 9-1-1 call from outer space,” Minear remembers of the tall order he had to scramble to create. “That is sort of where the international space station call came from.”

Minear remembers how he decided of creating a situation where the characters battle a solar storm. The reason the showrunner chose this disaster?

Well, the answer is quite simple, really. He chose the flair because it is invisible.

“All I had to do was have the lights flash,” he says. “And then a Bird scooter go off by itself.”

And, Minear notes, it’s all about the “science,” really.

“You just sort of create the weirdness of that ‘she blinded with me with science’ moment,” the showrunner quips.