“Lone Star” Cancelled

The first casuality of the new fall primetime lineup was revealed on Tuesday, and the news was not good for fans of the critically-hailed, but lowly-rated con series Lone Star.

Lone Star has been cancelled, effective immediately — and just two episodes into the show!

The FOX drama has the dubious distinction of becoming the first show of the new season to be axed, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.

(Last year, it was The CW’s Ashton Kutcher-produced fashion-themed series A Beautiful Life that was the first show axed by the proverbial gullotine.)

Despite earning acclaim from critics, the series about Robert/Bob Allen (newcomer James Wolk) — a charismatic and brilliant Texas con man juggling double lives — averaged a humiliating 4.1 million viewers during last week’s series premiere. After ratings dipped to just 3.2 million for Monday’s sophomore outing, FOX decided to pull the plug, pronto.

Lone Star will be replaced with episodes of the procedural crime drama Lie to Me, which was due to return on Wednesdays in November.

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