Who's Rob Lowe's 'Unstable' Netflix Tech Titan Based On? Explained

Netflix is partnering up with actor Rob Lowe and his son John Owen Lowe to create a comedy series called Unstable. Who's Rob Lowe's 'Unstable' Netflix tech titan based on? The show is set to be released at the end of March 2023, shortly after the release of Dog Gone. The Lowes and Victor Fresco, the creator of Santa Clarita Diet, are producing the series. Fresco is also likely to serve as the head writer. There is currently no director attached to the project.

#1. What’s the plot of Unstable?

rob lowe series on netflixSource: Variety

The show stars John Owen Lowe as a socially inept son, who is employed by his highly successful and idiosyncratic father, portrayed by Rob Lowe, in an attempt to protect him from potential calamity. The setting is a modern, high-tech biotechnology research firm.

#2. Who is cast in Unstable?

rob lowe series on netflixSource: USA Today

As said above, the two main stars of the series are Rob Lowe and his son John Owen Lowe. Rob Lowe is currently starring in and producing season three of 9-1-1 spinoff 9-1-1: Lone Star. Lowe is also currently working on his upcoming Netflix biopic film called Dog Gone. In the series, Lowe will be playing Ellis Dragon, described as a “brilliant, eccentric biotech scientist and entrepreneur.” John Owen Lowe is a writer, producer, and actor who starred in Fox legal comedy The Grinder alongside his father and in the Netflix film Holiday In The Wild.  In the series, John will play Jackson Dragon, the son who “has always had trouble living in the huge shadow that Ellis casts.”
Rounding out the cast is
  • Sian Clifford as Anna Bennet – The CFO of the Dragon’s company.
  • Aaron Branch as Malcolm Drummond who is a childhood friend of Jackson’s. Per Netflix, “He used to be Ellis’ assistant but has recently been promoted to project manager. He adores Ellis; in fact, Malcolm is jealous that Jackson gets to be Ellis’ son.”
  • Rachel Marsh will play Luna Castillo a genius biotech engineer working in one of the labs with her friend and research partner, Ruby.
  • Emma Ferreira will play Ruby Rosario is also a biotech genius.
  • Fred Armisen as Leslie
  • JT Parr as CHAZ
  • Tom Allen as TJ

#3. Elon Musk was one inspiration for Lowe's biotech founder

Who’s Rob Lowe’s ‘Unstable’Source: Variety

In "Unstable," Rob Lowe stars as Ellis Dragon, a brilliant biotech mogul whose life has been thrown off track since the death of his wife. Fred Armisen plays his live-in psychologist, while John Owen Lowe is his son Jackson. Jackson had left to become a flute teacher, but his return to the lab provides the opportunity for father and son to get back on their feet. The show features plenty of humorous improvisation to highlight the story.
Many of the laughs in early episodes come at the expense of Ellis, Lowe's impossibly wacky founder, whose idea of bliss is walking around his office nude. For inspiration, the Lowes simply read newspaper headlines."We cherry-picked funny character traits from a whole bandwidth of people," says Rob. "It's a comedy of manners about our modern obsession with brilliant and possibly crazy billionaire innovators."
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Who’s Rob Lowe’s ‘Unstable’Source: People

John Owen gets more specific: "The easy answer here is Elon Musk. When his tweeting out of things (related to taking his automaker Tesla public) helped tank (its) stock at one point, this was clearly a human being who's been given too much power and influence and doesn't know what to do with it."
Are they suggesting Musk is, like the show's title character, unstable?
"Might be, might be," Rob hedges. "Or, is he someone who's seeing the world in a way that we mere mortals don't have an ability to see?"
John Owen Lowe: Show is about getting 'out of (a) father's shadow'
Ultimately "Unstable" is less about tech rule-breakers and more about familial bonds.Given that John Owen has a big hand in the scripts (along with co-creator Victor Fresco, "Santa Clarita Diet"), many themes revolve around growing up in the shadow of a famous father: Cue Rob's early Brat Pack days and scandals, followed by comedic turns in the "Austin Powers" series and now his hunky firefighter phase in Fox's "9-1-1: Lone Star." is a website that provides you with sport updates and Entertainment news to brighten your day. Don’t hesitate to visit our site to know more about TV & Movies.
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