Lone Star

Sky1 HD today (Tuesday 3 August, 2010) announces a deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution to air breakout comedy RAISING HOPE and two hotly anticipated drama series from the LA Screenings, RIDE-ALONG and LONE STAR.

RAISING HOPE is a single-camera family comedy series from Emmy® award-winning Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl); RIDE-ALONG a drama set in Chicago’s Police Department, created by Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Unit); and LONE STAR a Texas-based drama from the team behind Party Of Five.

Sarah Wright, Acquisitions Controller, Entertainment commented: “We’re thrilled to have secured three of 20th Century Fox’s best upcoming series’ for Sky1 HD. As a channel we want to continue to bring customers television worth paying for and RAISING HOPE, RIDE-ALONG and LONE STAR were standouts from the LA screenings – quite simply three of the best shows this year. ”

RAISING HOPE follows the Chance family as they find themselves adding an unexpected new member to their already flawed household. Parents Virginia (Martha Plimpton, Fringe, The Good Wife) and Burt (Garret Dillahunt, Burn Notice) are rocked by the news that their son Jimmy (newcomer Lucas Neff) has fathered a baby boy with a wanted felon, Lucy. With Lucy locked up in jail, Jimmy is charged with raising his child. RAISING HOPE also stars Academy Award® and Emmy® award-winner Cloris Leachman as Maw Maw and Shannon Woodward (ER) as Jimmy’s new love interest Sabrina.

RIDE-ALONG, a new drama from Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Unit) presents the city of Chicago as a paradox that serves as the setting. During a ride-along, a civilian spends a shift in the passenger seat of a squad car, observing the work day of a police officer. But in this series, the audience is the passenger, taking an unpredictable ride through the streets of Chicago and navigating crime and corruption with the most respected – and notorious – cops in the city.

Starring Jason Clarke (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Public Enemies) as Jarek Wysocki, a local legend and veteran of the Chicago Police Department. Joining Clarke are Jennifer Beals (Lie To Me) as Chief of Police Teresa Colvin, Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights) as Jarek’s partner Caleb Evers, Devin Kelley (Tease) as Jarek’s niece and also a rookie beat cop, Vonda, and Todd Williams (In Plain Sight, CSI) as Isaac Joiner, a charismatic cop who takes unnecessary risks on the job that land him and Vonda in some dangerous situations. Also starring Delroy Lindo (Gone In Sixty Seconds) as Alderman Ronin Gibbons a building-magnate-turned-politician who has ruled his ward with a velvet glove for three decades. Jarek and Teresa are convinced Gibbons and his cohorts, including Liam Hennessey (Billy Lush, The Black Donnellys), an Irish tough guy in Gibbons’ construction empire, are dirty to the core, but they’ve never had the evidence to prove it. When a murder investigation leads them to Gibbons, they are determined to bring him to justice and clean up Chicago – if that’s even possible.

LONE STAR welcomes newcomer James Wolk as Robert/Bob Allen, a charismatic and brilliant schemer who has meticulously constructed two lives in two different parts of Texas. He’s juggling two identities and two women in two very different worlds – all under one mountain of lies.  As “Bob,” he lives in Houston and is married to Cat (Adrianne Palicki, Friday Night Lights), the beautiful daughter of Clint (Jon Voight, Midnight Cowboy, 24), the patriarch of an ultra-wealthy Texas oil family. More than 400 miles away in the suburban west Texas town of Midland, he’s “Robert,” living a second life with his sweet, naïve girlfriend, Lindsay (Eloise Mumford, Law & Order: SVU).

In Midland, he plays the perfect boyfriend while secretly bilking local investors of their savings. In Houston, he’s a devoted husband, charming Cat and her family to cement his position in the rich family business he aims to clean out.

Bob has lived both lives successfully for years without arousing any suspicions…so far. While one brother-in-law, Drew (Bryce Johnson, Popular, The Mentalist), admires Bob, his other brother-in-law, Trammell (Mark Deklin, Nip/Tuck, Desperate Housewives), is growing suspicious of his motives. With the cons closing in on him, Bob begins to fear his secret lives may unravel as he becomes divided by his love for two women; his loyalty to his father and mentor, John (David Keith, An Officer and a Gentleman, Men of Honor); and his respect for his father-in-law, Clint.

Now as he tries to hold his two lives together, while fending off angry investors and the growing suspicions of those around him, Bob puts it all on the line hoping he can beat the odds, leave the schemes behind and keep two separate relationships afloat.

Steve Cornish, SVP & MD, 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, commented: “Following the continued success of other Fox series on the channel, we are excited that Sky 1 HD will now be launching these three new shows which we are certain will also prove to be must-see TV.”


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