Way To Kill Lone Star, Guys

Uncle Television is a figment of Tim Surette's imagination who infrequently comments as a guest editor for TV.com. He has a mustache and wears a top hat. His views do not necessarily reflect those of TV.com or its parent corporation, but probably do reflect some deep-seeded views of Tim Surette.

What up, yo.

A lot of you are probably wondering who I am. You know how Nature has its Mother? How Time has its Father? Well, television has me, a creepy uncle. Uncle Television. And I've come to say I'm very disappointed in you all.

Actually, all but the 4.1 million of you who actually watched Lone Star. See, for once, a network took a chance on a good television series. One that doesn't involve cliche cops chasing cliche bad guys. One that isn't web cams broadcasting what's going on in a house full of horny attention-starved high-school dropouts. One that isn't a glorified karaoke contest (scripted or not, I'm looking at you, Glee!). And yet, nobody watched.

Now there's talk of Lone Star becoming the season's first cancellation! Say what?!? Coming into the season, this show was the biggest critics' darling of them all! More than one know-it-all TV reporter called it the best pilot of the season! Heck, some even said it was too good for network TV!

So why didn't you watch!? Were you one of the almost 22 million people who tuned in to see someone who is famous only because her mother is famous for being a right-wing nutjob dance horrifically? Or did you watch a coke addict convicted of beating his wife and who makes more than a million dollars an episode read hackneyed one-liners while wearing a bowling shirt and as someone pressed a button that simulated laughter? Or perhaps you tuned in to a new show simply because it dazzled with action and teased you with cliffhangers even though you know it's going to fizzle out with hundreds of plot holes and unanswered questions? (Okay, I admit it, I enjoyed The Event too).

But why, WHY did you not watch the show that depicts the struggle of human nature, a bad man trying to do good, true love realized, and one man's attempt to fix everything before it's too late? Why didn't you watch Lone Star? Why must you give networks another reason to not take the chance on the next great script that would lead to the next great show that would make the world a better place? Why would you give Fox more ammo to air another frickin' talent show where people dress up like idiots and fart pop songs?

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!?

At least you didn't watch Gossip Girl.

Laters,
Uncle Television


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I can't watch it for very long before the plot holes drive me insane. Can none of the victims remember these 'master cons' well enough to have a police sketch done up?

I'm giving it another shot but now the father is taking rent deposit cheques on a phony apartment. He's telling them all they can move in tomorrow. They f*#^ing checques won't even clear before they know the scam is up ARRGH.
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Oh my goooooodddddd,what a waste of time,i had problems staying awake,and i can honestly say that it is one of the most most moooosssst boring premieres this fall and there was a lot of premiers,and after hearing such great rewiews how this is one of the ``best`` pilot this fall ...puffff....CRAP.HOPE THEY CANCEL IT BEFORE THEY SINK DOWN WITH IT AS WELL.......all best....I apologize for my english in advance....
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As others have said this is definitely an FX or AMC like show. If it's not "the cow says moo" simple it generally doesn't survive on network TV. As for me I won't be watching, because I loathe conman shows. God knows I've tried to watch them, but for some reason they just turn me off (also based on the fact that most of those shows ended up tanking I guess I'm not alone).
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i wathed it an it has a great story but i couldn't stop texting during the show it was kinda boring and i really wanted it to be good but it just wasn't
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hahaha i watch in for 10 minutes then forward through the next 30, and regretted ever watching it , just a waste of network time and finances if u ask me. Dead cast, lame storyline, honestly at one point i thought they weren't even trying to make it watchable, the cast were probably just wishing for it to be over anyways
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Well, I'm one of the ones who watched it, so I guess I earned my right to comment. Personally, after watching it I had no intention of ever watching it again. I found no reason to care about the characters, particularly the lead character with his wife and girl friend. who now wants to walk away from his years of scamming without any consequence. I wasn't very impressed by the acting either, even J.V. wasn't at his best. I hope it does get cut fast, will leave more time on the schedule and more budget for something good, although recent trends don't give me any reason to expect there will be anything good.
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While I watched Lone Star, I was not entirely surprised by the ratings. It was the start of the new tv season, and a huge bunch of shows premiered on that day. People were pumped (while sitting on the couch, yeah i know), and terms like 'The Event' and Chase and Hawaii and spies and dancing celebrities were being thrown about all over. Lone Star's pacing, while good enough, did not compare to an otherwise amped up Monday night. I know nothing of the way things work, and this is purely conjecture, but I think Lone Star might've worked better on Tuesdays with a Glee lead-in.
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I watched Lone Star and loved it. I hope it survives.
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I Think Lone Star will works fine on Cable channels ! am i right ?
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the pilot sucked. The characters were boring. Instead of good writing we got crappy indie songs every five minutes. The short lived FX show Thief was better than this pile of garbage.
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Wouldn't that be "deep-seated" rather than "deep-seeded"? I don't have any desire to watch a show entirely about a man who cheats on his wife or girlfriend or both. I didn't watch anything during that hour. I turned off the TV and waited for Castle.
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i watched it on hulu bc I had to work.Some people dont have a 9- 5 job.I guess Uncle TV does not understand this idea.Oh well I didn't like it.It felt too formulaic I really wanted to like it but in the end I just couldnt.
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I watched and liked. Thought it was good pilot building towards future eps and the promos for next one looked even better.
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i watched the coke addict who was convicted of beating his wife (he didnt beat her btw he just threatened her) bottom line hes funny and the audience is real, they are just really stoned XD, so am i tho so i cant judge XXXXDDDDD
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I watched it but didn't really like it. Will be watching the next episode, just in case.
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I did not watch this show because its premise seemed very uninteresting and unrealistic to me. I don't know why I would want to watch a show about a con man who has been carrying on in this lifestyle for some time and now suddenly grows a conscience and begins attempting to right the wrongs in his life.

And...FOX just is that way! They rarely give shows a chance to live up to their potential/hype often canceling many of these shows during the first season. If you're looking for someone to blame if Lonestar is canceled, blame FOX not the people who did or did not watch it.
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Move Lone Star to FX. There's not really a weak spot at 8 or 9pm where it would stand a chance. Could come in 2nd or 3rd but I doubt that's what Fox is looking for.
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Way to go! Put a great show against a "popular" show and count the viewers. Why not trying Lonestar against something less popular.



You have to be able to find another time slot for this show. You'd be foolish not to.
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The premiere was pretty good, I think I liked the music in the show more than the actual show, but the premise is great and I hope it stays, but judging by everyone else, expecting a short one-season show with no real ending.
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I did watch it, albeit on Hulu, and I have to say I wasn't that impressed. James Wolk's performance was too "actor-y," the pacing was artificially fast, and the dialogue seemed way too in love with itself. While I'd love to see Jon Voight chew up some scenery on a weekly show, I don't think this one was it.

Terriers? Now THAT'S a show with promise.
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You are an idiot!
Network tv sucks!
Oh, and Tim. I wont follow you on twitter.
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nickel_peid put Tiger Woods on a tv show and you'll see what happens.
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Are you really surprised? No one wants to watch a show about a liar who cheats on his wife.
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I agree ..... shame on u non watchers and no-chance givers
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This show has that James "Sawyer" Ford from LOST feel to it. If they want ratings, they'll need rename the show Confidence Man and recast it with Josh Holloway as the lead character. Lone Star makes me think of a country western song or the Texas BBQ joint.
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Alot of people now just download these shows off the internet so ratings for shows aren't accurate.
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i'm with you Uncle Television...
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I don't take anyone seriously who starts with, "What up, yo?"
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What is wrong with me? I didn't watch Lone Star. Something must be wrong with me. I would say it is everyone's choice what they decide to watch, people's tastes are different and if the trailers weren't enough to draw people in then who's problem is that. Is this show suppose to be cutting edge television? To me it is another show about con men - a show jumping on the band wagon of Leverage and White Collar (two shows which are great btw and I am totally addicted to).
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Lone Star is a very good show, enjoyed a lot the pilot, hope they dont cancel another good and promissing show !!
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It was easy to watch, and they managed to tie up the plot holes in the end and make it work. Great pilot. I just don't see it going anywhere. Will be just another situation drama. The only other route is something like Dexter without the killing or perhaps Leverage without the ensemble cast. Torn between two (duped) lovers will only carry a series so far.

The guy's father carried the show. Without him, it's got no spark at all. I'll keep watching but if it's canceled, I won't lose any sleep. I'll just pretend the lead actor stopped robbing old folks of their pensions.
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I did watch it and I'm sorry but I just didnt like it at all. It had to much of a soap opera feel to me. I hate tv shows like that, Desperate Housewives, yuck!!! It was original and I do applaud them that. I also hate all the reality tv and I agree that it needs to be on its own channel so the rest of us dont have to worry about it, but apparently it has an audience because they keep coming back. Yeah people are nuts!!!!!! Sorry about Lone Star but it just didnt work for me Iam more of a Supernatural, Boardwalk Empire, Deadwood(unfortunatly also canceled) type person.
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I DID watch it and LOVED it !!!! Seems like the networks don't give a show a chance. With so many new shows coming out, perhaps some people can't watch more than a couple...hence the numbers. Do they ever think of that?
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i like lone star... great pilot!
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People have way too much drama in their lives already. They prefer dumb shows for the fantasy effect. The premise of a guy living 2 lives with 2 different women would not grab attention. I don't care how great the storylines could be.
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Its a sad time where things like pushing daisies and lone star get canned but we get X factor series 904 and heroes got to limp on for 3 seasons of crap (first being good) reality tv needs to shoved on its own channel then the the station destroyed
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Sad sad sad! Finally get an original show. I think others may be correct. People are too enamored with mindless drivel like Reality TV to appreciate or give a chance to something new.
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gossip girl is mad tight yo
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Is an awesome series that has very good potential!

simply loved it...
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i agree with you ,the television this days!!!!!!!

lone star and Boardwalk.Empire those two the only show worth to watch ,just those 2 ,
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I'm in the UK and watched it on-line. For the first episode it made a good start setting up the characters. I hope the numbers pick up and it stays. Has the makings of a great show.
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I was the wrong side of the Atlantis to be watching I'm afraid. Am hoping a UK netowrk picks this (and several new shows) up, but you can never be sure.

Also had to add......YES!!!! Someone else who thinks Glee is overstated, fake highschool wannabe pop star crap! I'm sorry doesn't anyone else find 24-31 year olds playing 16-17 year olds creepy?!
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I watched ( like it matters...I'm not from usa ), and it's not that I didn't like it...but I didn't love it neither...I give the show points for being the most original new show...but being original doesn't mean that it's "the best show ever". So far, the best new show IMO is Terriers ( followed closely by BE )...nobody's watching terriers neither.
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I think people are seriously way too stupid and don't deserve good shows like this. It doesn't hurt that he's hot either! But because I don't want it canceled because of you d-bags. Please just TIVO it even if you don't intend to watch- so that the rest of us can enjoy!
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everything about it looked stupid. therefore, people didn't watch. or maybe it's because people are beginning just to disagree with you just to disagree with you.
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First of all... this show is incredible... everyone should be watching it.
Second of all.... whatever is going on over at the Fox scheduling department needs to stop, it has ruined far too many shows. It was the problem with Firefly (running the episodes out of order... airing on Friday nights), it was the problem with Arrested Development (moving the show to so many different time slots... double header episodes then weeks of nothing), and now it is going to be the downfall of Lone Star.
You know how many people from Texas would watch just because it is a Texas based show? Instead Fox decides to put it up against Monday Night Football.... genius Fox.
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the name was a turn-off, when i saw it as an upcoming show & had heard nothing bout it ... It just didn't grab my attention to wanna view
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Just another night time soap. So I don't care. But I that doesn't mean I watched any of the other junk in the time slot either. I just shut the TV because nothing was worth watching.
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Alright, I admit that I watched the coke addict convicted of beating his wife and who makes more than a million dollars an episode read hackneyed one-liners while wearing a bowling shirt as someone pressed a button that simulated laughter. And I don't regret it.
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I watched it on the computer Wednesday night. Local cable guide listed for next week, which I had set to record. The show was OK and worth time to develop more. I does beat most shows on. I agree with others thought the name is a turn off. Unless you are from Texas you don't really want to watch or hear anything with Lone Star in the title.
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