North Texas-filmed shows can't catch a break. Earlier this year, ABC's The Deep End, filmed in Las Colinas, was axed after a handful of episodes in the spring. Now Fox's Lone Star is out after two episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter and, well, everyone else.
The difference here is that Lone Star was one of the best-reviewed new shows of the 2010-'11 season, while The Deep End wasn't exactly beloved. Critics and audiences don't necessarily agree, of course, but the quickest-canceled shows of the past two years -- the Fox sitcom Do Not Disturb and the CW drama The Beautiful Life -- were critical bombs.
Lone Star's chief problem was that it was up against two established hits, Dancing With the Stars and Two and a Half Men, although NBC's The Event has been doing OK against those two shows. It also didn't really pair well with House, its more successful lead-in. And viewers are increasingly reluctant to latch on to broadcast shows with serial storylines because, well, sometimes they get canceled after two episodes.
The other two series currently filming in DFW, NBC's Chase and Fox's The Good Guys, have had their own ratings struggles, with Chase coming in third in its time slot this Monday and losing a chunk of its Event lead-in, according to Nielsen Media Research, and The Good Guys suffering low ratings during its summer run, although it seems (a little) safer in its current Friday time slot.