911: Lone Star boss talks possible Liv Tyler return after season 2 exit

Rianne Houghton
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From Digital Spy

9-1-1: Lone Star spoilers follow.

9-1-1: Lone Star fans tuned in to the show's first episode without Liv Tyler's Michelle Blake in the US yesterday (January 18), but if her absence was noted, there's hope to be had.

Following Lone Star's season two premiere, the drama's executive producer Tim Minear has admitted that it's his "dream" for Liv Tyler to return to the series – and that her character is still very much in Austin, Texas.

Explaining Liv's (surprising) departure, Lone Star's opener revealed that Michelle had stepped down from her position to focus on helping the homeless.

Echoing the show's earlier comments that the door will always be "open" for Tyler, Minear told TVLine that there's plenty of scope for Michelle to re-visit the 9-1-1 spin-off. "I've talked to Liv about this," he said.

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Photo credit: Fox

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"I think there are really interesting stories to be told about a first responder who, as we put it in the first episode, gave up her occupation to pursue her vocation. I think that's a very interesting story to tell."

Minear added: "Just like my dream was to somehow get Abby to come back to 9-1-1 [after Connie Britton's departure], my dream is to get Liv Tyler back on Lone Star."

Lone Star's unofficial Liv Tyler replacement is Gina Torres, who made her debut as Tommy Vega, a former first responder reluctantly returning to work.

Photo credit: Fox
Photo credit: Fox

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Praising the show's newest recruit, Minear called Torres "an easy fit for the show". "It feels like she's been there the whole time," he said.

"There's a whole domestic side to her, and if Tommy had her choice, she wouldn't be re-entering the work force. She's the breadwinner supporting her family, but she also feels like she might be missing out by going back to work. I think that's very relatable for a lot of working parents today."

9-1-1 season 4 and 9-1-1: Lone Star season 2 air on Fox in the US.

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