‘9-1-1’: Showrunner’s Comments Hint at Another Crossover with ‘Lone Star’ in Near Future

by Suzanne Halliburton

The crossovers between 9-1-1 and its Lone Star franchise are so-over-the-top fun. And good news for fans, there are hints there will be more.

Tim Minear is the show runner for both series, which are two of the top dramas on Fox. But we’ll have to wait awhile for the highly-anticipated crossovers to happen. That’s because this season, there’s a big chunk of months that separate the debuts for each show.

9-1-1 goes first. It’s Fox’s top-scripted drama and it’s set for a Sept. 20 debut. That’s a big day on the TV calendar for another reason. CBS moved NCIS to Mondays for the fall after spending 18 years as Tuesday night staple. NCIS makes its season 19 premiere on Sept. 20, with new franchise NCIS: Hawai’i to follow the next hour.

But back to 9-1-1. The show is all about the cops, firemen, paramedics and dispatchers who try to keep Los Angeles safe and sound. The 9-1-1 social media team already dropped a hint about the first episode. Los Angeles goes dark with a city-wide power outage. Think of all the different kind of emergencies the writers can create with a blackout as a backdrop. It’s just as creative as a dam break. That’s how the show premiered in season four.

However, 9-1-1 Lone Star fans will need to wait until spring to watch the Austin-version of the show. Fox placed the new series The Big Leap in their fall lineup, rather than Lone Star. It’s to help Minear, as he guides the two franchises.

‘9-1-1’ Won’t Find ‘Lone Star’ Until Next Spring

So sometime next spring, Lone Star debuts. The shows will need to coordinate their timelines, Minear said, in order to do a crossover. And maybe there will be a two-parter, with one show flowing into another. The Covid-19 pandemic precluded the shows from doing that this past season.

“I do think that there is probably in a crossover in the future there,” Minear told TVInsider.

Back in February, several characters from 9-1-1 helped Lone Star deal with a massive wildfire that threatened areas west of Austin. The episode was called Hold the Line. And besides the fire, the episode also dealt with a missing boy and a helicopter crash. The 9-1-1 characters Hen (Aisha Hinds), Buck (Oliver Stark) and Eddie (Ryan Guzman) made the trip to Texas.

Maybe Lone Star and its star Rob Lowe journeys from Austin to Los Angeles for another crossover. Or perhaps other characters from the 126 head to Southern California.

“It’s too soon to answer that,” Minear said. He added that he’s “looking forward to seeing other characters get to cross paths” because “those different combinations are very exciting.”

Minear added: “I don’t close the door on anything. Ask my writing staff. I’ll change my mind three seconds before we start shooting.”