Sometimes – especially in 2020 – it’s difficult to find the funny. Movieline snark circa 1990 will take you only so far right now (though I love it dearly), especially as it pertains to the global pandemic which routinely reads like a lost Twilight Zone season, except ten times more zonky and chilling than anything Serling and his band of gremlins could ever have come up with. And so it is that we chalk up another headline pertaining to COVID and its far-reaching impact on the Hollywood community…
Courtesy of our ever-lovin’ estranged muchacho’s over at the Hollywood Reporter, Vents can sadly report today that the always brilliant actor Liv Tyler (That Thing You Do, Inventing the Abbots, Lord of the Rings) has reluctantly bid adieu to the hot Fox television show 911: Lone Star – entering its second season – due to concerns regarding the pandemic. Actor Gina Torres (The Matrix Reloaded, Firefly, Riverdale), a talented actor in her own right and a recent add-on to the cast of the show, is expected to pick up whatever slack story-wise remains with Tyler’s sudden departure.
Liv Tyler, per a multiple-year deal with Fox, had reportedly been commuting during the first season of the spinoff from her home in London to the set and, with the pandemic still raging, decided that the timing for the new season did not correspond with her own concerns about health and safety. Tyler is the second member of the 911 family to leave the popular series due to outside concerns; actor Connie Britton had previously bowed out of the flagship series in the franchise, 911.
In a statement to media about Tyler’s sudden exit, 911 co-creator and showrunner Tim Minear said, “What a thrill it was having a movie star of Liv Tyler’s stature to help us launch the first season of 911: Lone Star. We loved working with Liv and will be forever indebted to her for her haunting, powerful portrayal of Michelle Blake. While we were able to tell a complete chapter in Michelle’s story, as with Connie Britton on our mothership, we also feel like there are more stories to be told. The door here will always be open for a return.”
Gina Torres does have a solid working history with Minear, having worked with him on the cult favorite television show Firefly. Her role in 911: Lone Star is that of a paramedic captain reentering the work force for her family at the height of our own real world pandemic.
The Hollywood landscape, like everything else, is in flux at the moment because of world events and it will be worth watching to see what the terrain looks like once the fog of war that is COVID begins to dissipate. Vents wishes Ms. Tyler and the 911: Lone Star family all of the best.