UK-based Liv Tyler is exiting 9-1-1: Lone Star due to circumstances related to family and travel during the pandemic.
Her character Michelle Blake will not be recast, leaving open the possibility of a return in the future. But her absence will be filled next season by Gina Torres as Paramedic Captain Tommy Vega.
“What a thrill it was having a movie star of Liv Tyler’s stature to help us launch the first season of 9-1-1: Lone Star,” Tim Minear, series’ co-creator, executive producer and showrunner, said in a statement.
“We loved working with Liv and will be forever indebted to her for her haunting, powerful portrayal of Michelle Blake. While we were able to tell a complete chapter in Michelle’s story, as with Connie Britton on our mothership, we also feel like there are more stories to be told. The door here will always be open for a return.”
9-1-1: Lone Star airs in Australia on Seven.