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911: Lone Star - Liv Tyler Exits Due to COVID-Related Circumstances

When 9-1-1: Lone Star returns for its second season on Fox, it will be without its original female lead. Liv Tyler will not be returning to the breakout show, on which she starred opposite Rob Lowe, due to circumstances related to family and travel during the pandemic. Like was the case with Connie Britton, who left the mothership 9-1-1 series after the first season, Tyler’s character Michelle Blake, the paramedic Emergency Medical Services captain, will not be recast, with a possibility for her to return. The void of Tyler’s departure will be filled next season by the addition of Gina Torres as Paramedic Captain Tommy Vega.

I hear the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding travel amid a potential new wave of infections in the fall made continuing on the show a difficult proposition for Tyler. She lives in London with her partner and children, including a five-year-old and a four-year-old. The Lord of the Rings actress had been commuting between London and Los Angeles where 9-1-1: Lone Star films. I hear with some intricate scheduling and her kids joining her in Los Angeles for shoots during vacations, she successfully went back-and-forth last season without being away from her children for long.