Fox has handed out renewals to both 9-1-1 and its spin-off 9-1-1: Lone Star for the 2020/2021 season. This comes at an uncertain time in the industry as the ongoing production interruption has many networks flying by the seat of their pants when it comes to filling the airwaves next season. With that in mind, it doesn't come as a major surprise that they've opted to renew a couple of proven hits.
Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear co-created the shows. 9-1-1 will be returning for season 4, while 9-1-1: Lone Star will be coming back for season 2. No return dates have been set by the network yet, but the current situation makes it hazy in regards to when they will be able to begin production. Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment at FOX Entertainment had this to say in a statement.
"9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star are truly two of the strongest and most thrilling dramas on broadcast television, as well as being centerpieces for FOX Entertainment. 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."
9-1-1 debuted in January 2018 and focuses on the lives and careers of emergency responders who put their lives at risk to save others. 9-1-1: Lone Star debuted its first season last year and is set in Austin, Texas. It explores the high-pressure experiences of police officers, firefighters and dispatchers who are forced into frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations. These people must attempt to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in their own lives.
9-1-1 stands as Fox's most-watched show at the moment, averaging 16 million viewers across all of its platforms. Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi, Rockmond Dunbar and Ryan Guzman star. Meanwhile, 9-1-1: Lone Star averages just over 12 million viewers per episode and ranks as one of the most successful new shows of the current season. Rob Lowe leads the cast of the spin-off, with Liv Tyler, Jim Parrack, Ronen Rubenstein, Sierra McClain, Natacha Karam, Brian Michael Smith, Julian Works and Rafael Silva rounding out the ensemble.
For those who wish to catch up on either show, they are available via On Demand Fox Now and Hulu. 9-1-1 is in the middle of its third season, with new episodes airing on Monday. We've included a promo for the latest episode, The Taking of Dispatch 9-1-1, for you to check out as well. This news comes to us directly from Fox.