Tarlos hive, rejoice! 9-1-1: Lone Star has been confirmed to return for a fifth season.
The beloved emergency drama, which focuses on the fire and police departments in Austin, Texas, was renewed by Fox on 1 May.
However, Lone Star’s mothership series 9-1-1, starring Angela Bassett, will be moving over to ABC for its seventh season.
Created by Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minnear, Lone Star has received acclaim for its diverse casting, receiving three consecutive nominations – and one win – for Outstanding Drama Series at the GLAAD Media Awards.
Brian Michael Smith, who plays firefighter Paul Strickland, memorably made history as the first out Black trans man in a series regular role on network television.
The cast also includes Ronen Rubinstein and Rafael Silva as power couple Tyler Kennedy “TK” Strand and Carlos Reyes – more commonly known as “Tarlos” – who have become one of the most shipped TV relationships in recent memory.
Following the renewal, Rubinstein posted a video celebrating the news.
“Let’s fucking go, baby! Season five y’all, we did it!” he said.
“Thank you to everyone that helps making this show possible. This show is a wild one, and it takes multiple villages to make it happen. Thank you to everybody involved: the cast, the writers, the producers, the directors, the crew, everybody.
“And to you guys, the best fans in the fucking world… Excuse my language, I’m just too hyped right now. I love you guys, this one’s for you.”
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— Ronen Rubinstein 🧜🏼♂️ (@RonenRubinstein) May 1, 2023
Rob Lowe, Liv Tyler, Sierra McClain, Jim Parrack, Natacha Karam, Julian Works, Gina Torres and Brianna Baker round out Lone Star’s ensemble cast.
During a 2021 conversation with GAY TIMES, Silva attributed the success of the series to the talents of the writers’ room and the diverse array of loveable characters, all of which are unapologetic and unabashed in their identities.
“The diversity and inclusivity of [9-1-1: Lone Star] resonates with people because that’s what the world has always looked like,” he said.
“[Lone Star] shows more truth than perpetuated stereotypes of each person, of gay characters, of trans characters, of the Muslim culture, even the Texan culture. It has resonated with a lot of people because it portrays what the world looks like today, and what it’s always looked like.”
You can read our entire cover conversation with Silva here.