Fox Renews ‘9-1-1’ and ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’

by Suzanne Halliburton

Fans of 9-1-1 and its Lone Star version applauded the news Monday that Fox will be returning both shows for another season. reported that Fox is bringing back each for another run. It’s probably no surprise that the shows were picked up. The two represent the top scripted shows on the network. However, there are some changes.

Both 9-1-1 shows are about first responders — firemen, police, paramedics and the dispatchers. The original 9-1-1, which is based in Los Angeles, will be on Monday nights this fall. The show 9-1-1: Lone Star, which is set in Austin but filmed in LA, returns next March.

The past two seasons, Fox featured the sister shows in consecutive hours on Monday nights. They’ll break them up, at least for a few months, for the upcoming fall season. Fox also held Call Me Kat for a spring premiere.

Fox already had canceled Filthy Rich, Last Man Standing, NEXT and Prodigal Son 

For this fall, the new show The Big Leap takes the spot after 9-1-1. The show features Scott Foley, one of the former stars of Scandal. Fox also added a new singing show called Alter Ego, with the popular Masked Singer as its lead in. Plus, the network is reimagining Fantasy Island, a popular series from the 1970s. Fantasy Island is set for an August premiere.

9-1-1 and Its Lone Star Sister Show Are Fox’s Top Two Scripted Series

The season finales for both shows will air next Monday (May 24). In its fourth season, 9-1-1 averages 6.5 million total viewers. It also produces an average of 1.1 in the key demographic of viewers aged 18 to 49. Lone Star averages 5.5 million viewers with a demo of .9.

The two shows feature some big names in the cast. The original 9-1-1 stars Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Bassett is an LAPD sergeant. Krause is a fire captain. And Hewitt portrays a dispatcher.

Meanwhile, 9-1-1: Lone Star is dominated by Rob Lowe, who is the fire captain and former 9-11 first responder. The supporting cast also includes Gina Torres, who plays a paramedic. She replaced Liv Tyler this past season.

Ryan Murphy, the co-creator for both series, also knows how to tell terrific, if a little campy, TV shows. Murphy was responsible for Nip/Tuck, a series about a couple of plastic surgeons. He also gave the TV world Glee, about a high school glee club. Murphy created Pose and the American Horror Story anthology series. He’s won six Emmys.

Both 9-1-1 shows feature lots of wild accidents, the weirder the better. There have been earthquakes in LA and volcanos in Texas.

The season two premiere of 9-1-1: Lone Star evolved around a man who carjacked a tank. So expect the same odd storylines next season.