Entertainment TV Liv Tyler Not Returning to 9-1-1: Lone Star Season 2 Due to Coronavirus Concerns: Reports "The door here will always be open for a return," said showrunner Tim Minear By Benjamin VanHoose Published on September 23, 2020 08:27 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Liv Tyler on 9-1-1: Lone Star. Photo: Kevin Estrada/FOX Liv Tyler won't be back on 9-1-1: Lone Star duty next season. According to reports from Deadline and Variety, the actress, 43, won't reprise her role as EMS Captain Michelle Blake for the upcoming second season of the Fox spinoff series, partially due to concerns surrounding the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “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,” said showrunner Tim Minear in a statement to the outlets. “We loved working with Liv and will be forever indebted to her for her haunting, powerful portrayal of Michelle Blake.” Minear explained that Tyler's character will not be recast or killed off, teasing that the Lord of the Rings actress is welcome to return to the series in future seasons. “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,” added Minear. “The door here will always be open for a return.” Rob Lowe Says Steven Tyler Played a Role in His Sobriety: ‘He’s a Big Part of Who I Am Today’ Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories Reps for Tyler did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. Tyler is engaged to sports agent/manager Dave Gardner, and the pair live in Britain with their brood: daughter Lula Rose, 4, and son Sailor Gene, 5, plus Tyler’s 15-year-old son, Milo William, and Gardner’s son, Gray. 9-1-1: Lone Star recently added Suits star Gina Torres to the cast. The actress will play paramedic Capt. Tommy Vega, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and will share the screen with returning lead actor Rob Lowe for the Austin, Texas–set drama. RELATED VIDEO: Brooke Shields Is ‘Taking Travel Tips’ from Naomi Campbell as She Wears Face Shield for Flight Liv Tyler Says She Doesn't 'Have a Desire' to Marry Fiancé David Gardner: 'I Love Being Engaged' "We are so excited to be expanding our 9-1-1-verse with the addition of Gina Torres," Minear told THR. "I've been dying to write for her again ever since Firefly. Gina brings warmth, intelligence and command to everything she does. 2020 is finally looking up." The outlet reports that the show will begin filming in the fall for a premiere in early 2021. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from the WHO and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.