Austin, Texas, is the setting of new Fox spinoff series
You’d think that if a series is popular enough to yield a spinoff, the second show also stands a good chance of success.
Yes, you’d think that … but recent television years have shown that it doesn’t always end up that way.
Still, that doesn’t stop producers and networks from rolling the dice and trying to expand upon their successes. A new example is Fox’s and prolific show-maker Ryan Murphy’s “9-1-1: Lone Star,” which arrives with a two-night premiere Sunday and Monday, Jan. 19 and 20. Rob Lowe returns to weekly TV work as the sole survivor of his New York firehouse on 9/11, now relocating to Austin, Texas, to help another company of firefighters move past a tragedy of their own.
While Fox’s hopes clearly are high for “9-1-1: Lone Star,” here’s a look at some other spinoffs of recent vintage and how they’ve fared: