‘Lone Star’ pulled from Fox schedule

The Jon Voight series, Lone Star, was pulled from Fox’s schedule on Tuesday after poor ratings from its on its second airing on Monday.

Lone Star is set in Houston and Midland, but was being filmed in Dallas. A view from Voight’s “downtown Houston” office overlooked Infomart on I-35 in Dallas. Interiors were filmed at the Studios at Las Colinas.

Critics were raving about the series. Many said it belonged on cable, however, rather than network television.

Although only two episodes aired, they were in the middle of filming episode six. No word yet on whether production on the series shut down today.

Chase, the NBC series also based in Dallas, had a big drop in viewers for its second airing on Monday also.

Fox’s second Dallas-based show, The Good Guys, will finish filming its 20th episode in October. That show has also been low-rated, but is not as expensive to produce as Lone Star, so Fox may stick with it longer.

The three shows are using local actors. Austin-based casting director Beth Sepko is working with all three. Sepko won the Emmy Award twice for her casting of Friday Night Lights, which was filmed in Austin with a series finale at the Cotton Bowl earlier this summer for airing next year.

Any of our readers work with any of these shows? Let us know. We want to highlight your appearances. Dallas Voice associate advertising director Gary Karwacki’s partner Rick Espaillat was in the third episode of Lone Star. We’ll have to wait to see if it gets an airing.

—  David Taffet

As the lights fade on ‘Friday Night Lights’ at the Cotton Bowl, Dallas welcomes 3 new TV series

David Taffet, Channel 21 News, Dillon, at the Cotton Bowl

I’ve spent most of the weekend at the Cotton Bowl, where we filmed the season finale of “Friday Night Lights.” But “FNL” fans take heart. The episode we were filming is the last of season five. NBC is just airing season four this summer. So there’s one more year of Panther, I mean Lion, football. (I still haven’t gotten used to cheering for EAST Dillon.)

And while we may have said goodbye to the Lions and Panthers from Dillon, Texas, we’ve also said hello to three new series being filmed in Dallas beginning this summer.

The Good Guys” on Fox is a cop show. They’ve aired six episodes and were picked up for another seven. The Fox 4 news anchor is played by Clarice Tinsley. One of the cops lives in a trailer under a ferris wheel in an amusement park (Fair Park). It airs Mondays at 9 on Fox.

Chase” has been in production all summer for NBC. The Jerry Bruckheimer (“Pirates of the Carribean,” “Amazing Race,” “CSI”)  show “drops viewers smack into the middle of a game of cat-and-mouse as a team of U.S. marshals hunts down America’s most dangerous fugitives.”

According to local actors on the set of “FNL” who’ve already worked on “Chase,” it looks like another winner.

A third show, “Lone Star,” is a Fox January replacement. Jon Voight stars as the head of an oil family that likes football. The original series title was “Midland.” So it’s completely different from “Dallas” or “Friday Night Lights.” This takes place in Midland and Houston. It’s just filmed in Dallas. And “FNL” football is based on Odessa Permean and, again, this is Midland.

Why film in  Dallas? We have the equipment, facilities and talent. And several successful series under our belt.

Dallas” and “Walker Texas Ranger” each had runs of more than 10 years. “Prison Break” filmed two of its four seasons in Dallas and its ratings didn’t drop off significantly until its last Los Angeles-filmed season.

So what about the series finale of “FNL”?

No spoiler alerts here. It was all over the news that “FNL” was up in Dallas filming at the Cotton Bowl, which can only mean one thing. The East Dillon Lions made it to next year’s Texas High School playoffs. Or was it the Dillon Panthers? And being the finale, they won. But maybe not.

The ending was filmed both ways, just in case NBC decides to pick up the show for a sixth season. Ratings have (finally) picked up for season four.

But just because it’s picked up doesn’t mean they don’t win. The Panthers won in season one. We’ll have to wait until next spring (or maybe summer) to find out.

And look for me on the field as usual. I stretch my acting ability on this series playing — a reporter. No really. It’s a stretch. I report news for Dallas Voice. I’ve written arts and travel. But on this series, I’m a sports reporter. Completely different. Really. Nothing like when Clarice Tinsley plays Fox 4 news anchor on “The Good Guys.”

—  David Taffet

Jon Voight makes an appearance at Fresh 2010

Last Sunday, the Fresh 2010 event took place at the Starlight Room in the West End. A night of cocktails, food, live music and fab fashion sounds like a heck of a way to spend Sunday night. Benefiting Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage, the event featured performances by Gary Floyd, Denise Lee and others but also celebrated Paul Jentz as the honorary Fresh Taste Maker based on his contributions to the LGBT community through DGLA, the Human Rights Campaign, DIVA and other organizations.

But I was surprised  by Legacy’s executive director Melissa Grove sending me an e-mail mentioning that Oscar winner Jon Voight came out to the party. As you can see below he mixed and mingled with the gents and the models. When I asked Grove how she managed to get him there, she was quick to respond.

“He heard it was going to be a great party.”

Ummmm … cool.

—  Rich Lopez