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Canceled 'Lone Star' shines bright at Austin Film Festival

October 20, 2010 | 11:59 am

Lone star "Lone Star" has the dubious distinction of being the first casualty of the fall season. But the ousted Fox drama about a Texas con man juggling two families and an overbearing father is still getting love from admirers.

The Austin Film Festival and Conference on Sunday is hosting a panel on the show that Fox yanked after two episodes. The session, which will include a screening of the show's pilot episode, will feature the show's creator and executive producer Kyle Killen, who is expected to discuss the bittersweetness of helming the series, which earned largely positive reviews but low ratings.

"I'm as excited as I can be talking about a canceled show," Killen said in an interview. "I would love to be at the festival under different circumstances. But I'm excitied and bolstered by the enthusiasm on what the show did."

The "Lone Star" session had actually been scheduled for the festival when the show was still on the air. Killen thought the panel might be scrapped after the series was canceled.

He added that he still is trying to find a home for "Lone Star." "I've been talking to various cable outlets."

Noah Hawley, creator of the short-lived ABC series "My Generation," is also expected to appear at the festival to discuss the fate of his show, which was also pulled after a few weeks.

The festival runs Thursday through Sunday.

-- Greg Braxton

Photo: James Wolk of "Lone Star"; credit: Bill Witlock / Fox


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