FOX is making the call for another double-dose of the 9-1-1 franchise, renewing the original series for a fourth season and Rob Lowe-starring 9-1-1: Lone Star for a second season. Executive produced by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story), Brad Falchuk (The Politician), and Tim Minear (Firefly), the two series have performed incredibly well for the network so the news is not a surprise. Factoring in viewing stats from multiple platforms, the original series averages 16 million viewers per episode, while the spinoff series averages 12.3 million. The news comes on the same day that an all-new episode of 9-1-1 debuts, with "The Taking of Dispatch 9-1-1" following up on last episode's Call Center hostage situation.
"'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," said Michael Thorn, president of entertainment 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 stars Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi, Rockmond Dunbar, Corinne Massiah, Marcanthonee Reis, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Ryan Guzman. Alexis Martin Woodall, Bradley Buecker, Bassett, Krause, John J. Gray, and Kristen Reidel also serve as executive producers. Buecker directed the series premiere and continues to direct episodes of the series. 9-1-1: Lone Star stars Lowe, Liv Tyler, Ronen Rubinstein, Sierra Aylina McClain, Jim Parrack, Natacha Karam, Brian Michael Smith, Rafael Silva, Julian Works, Brianna Baker, and Mark Elias. Woodall, Buecker, Gray, and Bassett are also executive producers along with Rashad Raisani. Buecker also directed the spinoff series' premiere as well as additional episodes. Murphy, Falchuk, and Minear executive produce both series. 20th Century Fox Television produces both series, in association with Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision.