Jim Parrack has appeared in over 60 films and series during his acting career. But he thinks there is something different and special about his current project 9-1-1: Lone Star.
During a 2020 interview, Jim Parrack gushed about his Fox series 9-1-1: Lone Star. In the show, he plays Judd Ryder, a firefighter who suffers from PTSD. He plays a complicated role where he carries a lot of grief for the deaths of his former Austin 126 crew.
9-1-1: Lone Star has a lot of qualities that Parrack admires, and he hopes the audience appreciates the series as much as he does. But there is one thing he wants his fans to understand. Parrack wants everyone to know that the writers “entrust” viewers with a lot of the more obscure storylines. And most shows don’t.
“The people you’re watching care about you and want you to be a part of the thing that we’re going on,” he said directly to viewers. “We have a lot of discussions on set about what we entrust to the audience. We don’t want to explain things to them – we’re giving them credit, and if they watch, they’ll be a part of it. There are a lot of shows, and everybody knows it, where they instruct you while you watch instead of invite you in, and we’re not like that.”
‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Showrunner Revealed Why the Show Is Set in Austin, Texas
Tim Minear thinks that LA’s backdrop creates a perfect setting and vibe for the EMS crews in 9-1-1. So when he was planning his spinoff series, 9-1-1: Lone Star, he put a lot of thought into the new location. And he decided that Austin’s culture and landscape would create the perfect feel.
“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 told Assignment X . “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.”
To help keep the series true to its roots, Minear hired texas native writers. In fact, fellow showrunner Rashad Raisani is also a Texan. And he’s not shying away from all the stereotypes that surround the Lone Star State.
“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.”