jon voight james wolk lone star 320 'Lone Star': FOX welcomes James Wolk as a con man deep in the heart of TexasJames Wolk is one to watch on FOX’s new series “Lone Star,” playing a con man leading two lives in Texas.

Disclaimer: These
posts are not reviews — shows often make tweaks to their pilot episodes
between filming in the spring and their fall debuts. Full reviews will
come closer to the premiere date.

What it is: FOX is giving the big “House” lead-out to an interesting new drama — “Lone Star,” which follows the double life of Robert/Bob Allen (Wolk), a con man working in the oil industry in Texas. He is run practically ragged trying to balance running cons with his father (David Keith), two women (Eloise Mumford and Adrianne Palicki), a suspicious brother-in-law (Mark Deklin) and an imposing father-in-law who owns a big energy company (Jon Voight).
Who’s making
Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, the creators of “Party of Five,” Marc Webb, the director of “(500) Days of Summer”; and creator Kyle
. “Lone Star” is Killen’s first foray into the biz.

What to look for: Jon Voight is a scene-stealer as the imposing Clint Thatcher, and the state of Texas is a character in and of itself (the show films on location in Dallas). It’s also fun to play out in your mind where the show will go with the double lives — for instance, Keyser posits to Zap2it, “Where will he spend Thanksgiving?”

What pops: We’re already marking James Wolk as one to watch. His nuanced portrayal of con man Allen is one of the things we are most looking forward to in the fall TV season. The surrounding ensemble is also strong; we can’t wait to see the dichotomy of the simple Midland, Texas, life juxtapose with the wealthy Houston Thatcher family. 

About the only thing that doesn’t work for us is looking ahead in this series. When it gets picked up (and we do say “when,” not “if”), where will it go? How long can they sustain the meat of the show? We think it’s doable, but it is definitely a concern considering the nature of the plot.

Reminiscent of: “Friday Night Lights” (for the Texas-Adrianne Palicki connection), and the Sawyer flashbacks from “Lost” (for the con man aspect), but really it doesn’t remind us of anything on TV — and that’s a good thing. 

Here’s sneak peak of the pilot; the show will air at 9 p.m. ET Mondays this fall on FOX.

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Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."