‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Showrunner Tim Minear Explains Why the Show Doesn’t Film in Austin

by Lauren Boisvert

If you didn’t hear “9-1-1: Lone Star” showrunner Tim Minear say it, you probably wouldn’t have guessed that the show isn’t filmed in Austin, Texas. Well, maybe if you live in Austin. But, still, the show does a good job of fostering suspended disbelief about where it takes place.

Minear spoke to Decider recently about “9-1-1: Lone Star” and what he has planned for the show. Through his answers, we get a sort of behind-the-scenes look at the show. He mentions that they don’t film in Austin; recently, they had to create a huge ice storm for “Lone Star” while filming in Los Angeles in the summer.

He then elaborates on the filming locations, and on if they’d ever film in Austin. Minear talks specifically about the past year, and how hard it is to film around COVID-19 restrictions.

“For the pilot, we did go to Austin,” said Minear. “We’ve now sent drones out there twice, to get drone shots of Austin — obviously the iconic Capitol Building.  But so far, it’s just been cost-prohibitive. And obviously then the pandemic happened. I mean, it’s incredible that we actually managed to produce that crossover last year, with the wildfire, at the height of the pandemic.”

He continued on about the crossover, saying, “Even though we are on the same lot and even though it’s the same company, you have to be into the protocols of whatever production it is you’re working on. So you can’t just walk off the ‘9-1-1’ set onto the ‘Lone Star’ set because you are now cross-contaminated, theoretically.”

So, it’s safe to say, “9-1-1: Lone Star” won’t be filming in Austin, Texas any time soon. Mostly for cost, but also because of these unprecedented times we live in. Safety is important, especially for a show about safety.

‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ is Coming in…Cold?

In a promo for the upcoming “9-1-1: Lone Star” season, the show’s official Twitter posted a video captioned, “This season is comin’ in HOT, or shall we say… ICE COLD!!”

There’s a huge ice storm descending on Austin, and the teams are ready to answer the calls. The video includes clips from the episode spliced with comments from the cast. “This season, the stakes are mammoth,” said Rob Lowe, who plays Owen Strand. Lowe continued, stating that “buildings collapse under the weight of the snow,” and that it’s going to be a “thrill ride.”

Gina Torres, who plays Tommy Vega, assured fans that “season three is going to knock everyone’s socks off.” This season promises thrills, close calls, and plenty of life-saving, just how we all like it. Who cares if it’s not filmed in Austin if it keeps delivering amazing storylines every season?

The new season of “9-1-1: Lone Star” premieres tonight, January 3, on FOX.