Fox renews 9-1-1 & spinoff, Lone Star for new seasons
After ranking as the two highest-rated scripted series for the network, Fox has chosen to greenlight a fourth season of the action procedural 9-1-1 and a second season of its hit spinoff Lone Star led by Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation) and Liv Tyler (The Leftovers), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
9-1-1 is a fast-paced exploration into the lives and careers of first responders — cops, paramedics, firefighters — the people who put their lives on the line to save others. The critically acclaimed hit drama. The series is based on the real-life, high-pressure experiences of emergency response providers who are thrust into heart-stopping situations that are equal parts unpredictable, intense and uplifting. These emergency responders must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in their own lives.
The series co-created and executive produced by Ryan Murphy alongside Brad Falchuck and Tim Minear who serves as showrunner. It stars Angela Bassett (American Horror Story, Black Panther), Peter Krause, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi, Rockmond Dunbar, and Jennifer Love Hewitt, who’ve joined the cast in season two.
“911 and 911: Lone Star are truly two of the strongest and most thrilling dramas on broadcast television, as well as being centerpieces for Fox Entertainment,” Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn said Monday in a statement. “Creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, as well as their incredible teams of writers, directors, casts and entire crews, make jaw-dropping, edge-of-your-seat magic in every episode. From Los Angeles earthquakes and tsunamis to Texas-sized tornados and bucking broncos, both shows deliver incredible spectacle with strong, identifiable characters you care about week to week. We eagerly look forward to many more thrilling rescues in both series, which help honor this country’s brave first responders, as well as those around the world.”
The third season of the Angela Bassett-starring series is averaging 10.48 million viewers per week and a 2.4 rating among adults between 18-49 while its spinoff averaged about 9.1 million weekly viewers and a 1.8 in its demographic throughout its ten-episode first season. The network says that between its live ratings and its multiplatform viewing, including Hulu and other services, the mothership series averages 16 million viewers, the highest of the programs on the series, while Lone Star garnered 12.3 million viewers.
Minear is showrunner on both 911 and 911: Lone Star, which hail from Disney’s 20th Century Fox TV, and executive produces both with Murphy and Falchuk.
Other exec producers on 911 are Alexis Martin Woodall, Bradley Buecker, John J. Gray, Kristen Reidel and stars Angela Bassett and Peter Krause. On 911: Lone Star, Woodall, Buecker, Gray, Bassett and Rashad Raisani are EPs, and lead actor Rob Lowe is a co-exec producer.
Set in Austin, TX, the 9-1-1 spinoff follows a sophisticated New York firefighter (Lowe) who, along with his son, re-locates to Austin, and must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in his own life.
The series stars Golden Globe-nominated actor Lowe and Tyler, and also features Ronen Rubinstein, Sierra McClain, Jim Parrack, Natacha Karam, Brian Michael Smith, Julian Works, and Rafael Silva.
9-1-1: Lone Star is created and executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, with 20th Century Fox Television also set to produce. Lowe will also serve as co-executive producer.