In a major network shake-up, Fox has officially pulled the plug on the popular series “9-1-1” after an impressive six-season run. However, fans of the thrilling first responders drama need not despair, as the show is set to make a triumphant return on ABC for its eagerly anticipated seventh season. This exciting development has been confirmed by Variety. Moreover, the network also revealed that its companion series, “9-1-1: Lone Star,” has been greenlit for a fifth season, keeping the action alive at Fox.
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Fox expressed its gratitude in a statement, acknowledging the significance of “9-1-1” during its tenure on the network. The show’s creators, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear, along with the talented ensemble cast including Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi, Ryan Guzman, and the dedicated crew at 20th Television, were lauded for their remarkable contributions.
“It has been an honor to be the founding network of ‘9-1-1,’ and we are grateful to Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear, together with Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi, Ryan Guzman, and the rest of the cast and crew, and 20th Television for delivering such an impactful series to Fox,” the network stated. “We wish them well after ‘9-1-1’s’ final Fox season concludes.”
“9-1-1” initially found its home at Fox when the network and studio 20th Television were part of the same corporate entity. However, since Disney’s acquisition of the studio in 2019, Fox’s financial involvement in the show shifted, despite its continued popularity. Insider sources reveal that production budgets for “9-1-1” episodes now exceed a staggering $9 million each, a figure that has grown over time.
Craig Erwich, president of Disney Television Group, expressed enthusiasm for bringing “9-1-1” into ABC’s prestigious lineup, underlining its status as a groundbreaking and distinctive drama on network television. He cited Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear’s creative vision, as well as the exceptional cast, as key factors in the show’s success. Erwich also praised the collaboration with 20th Television and eagerly anticipated more heart-pounding and uplifting tales involving the beloved characters.
The cast of “9-1-1” features Angela Bassett as Athena Grant, Peter Krause as Bobby Nash, Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall, Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley, Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han, Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson, Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz, Corinne Massiah as May Grant, Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant, and Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz. The show’s creators, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear, also serve as executive producers, alongside Alexis Martin Woodall, Bassett, Krause, John J. Gray, Kristen Reidel, and Juan Carlos Coto.
Notably, this move to ABC is not without precedent, as “American Idol” successfully transitioned to the network in 2018 after a lengthy run on Fox. Furthermore, this development coincides with the impending conclusion of Ryan Murphy’s overall deal with Netflix, prompting speculation about his potential return to 20th Television, his former creative home.
In a related announcement, “9-1-1: Lone Star” is set to return with stars Rob Lowe, Gina Torres, Ronen Rubinstein, Sierra McClain, Jim Parrack, Natacha Karam, Brian Michael Smith, Rafael Silva, Julian Works, Brianna Baker, Kelsey, and Skyler Yates. Like its predecessor, “Lone Star” is co-created and executive-produced by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear, with Bradley Buecker serving as an executive producer and director of the series premiere. Additional executive producers include Martin Woodall, Rashad Raisani, John J. Gray, Angela Bassett, Rob Lowe, Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson, and Bob Goodman, with 20th Television as the studio behind the production.