Angela Bassett and Connie Britton explore the pressures of emergency services in the 9-1-1 trailer. Police, doctor, and lawyer dramas have been routinely successful on network television, but after multiple versions of Law & Order, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Chicago-(insert profession here) series, it’s hard to find an original spin on the genre. FOX is hoping, however, that the creative team of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (American Horror Story, Glee, Nip/Tuck) have discovered a fresh perspective with 9-1-1.
Premiering in January of 2018, the series stars AHS alums Angela Bassett (Black Panther) and Connie Britton (Nashville) as a policewoman and 9-1-1 operator, respectively. Peter Krause (The Catch, Six Feet Under) joins them as a fire department first responder. The show focuses on the everyday pressures of the characters’ jobs as well as their personal lives, and will feature tense, dangerous, and crazy situations based on real-life emergency calls.
While the plot description of 9-1-1 sounds deceptively like a mash-up of typical dramas already on the air, the trailer – which you can view above – reveals a much more enticing project. The first half of the video focuses on the more humorous types of emergencies, like a woman trapped in the coils of a giant snake, then the tone shifts to more serious moments of risk and hopefully reward.
The quality of the cast, which also includes Oliver Stark (Into The Badlands), Aisha Hinds (Shots Fired), Kenneth Choi (The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story) and Rockmond Dunbar (Prison Break), and the creators indicates that FOX is looking to create a unique, quality property with 9-1-1 and not just ride the coattails of other dramas. The trailer reveals a show that doesn’t always take itself too seriously, finding the humor in a “crazy day at work” that viewers should find relatable, even if their own jobs aren’t quite as perilous.
This genre is fairly new ground for Murphy and Falchuk, and it will be interesting to see how they bring their quirky dramatic skills to the story and tone of the new series. While the nature of the jobs involved means there will be tragedy, the network’s characterization of 9-1-1 as “equal parts unpredictable, intense, and uplifting” indicates a goal to create a more enjoyable and heartwarming entry into a category that often stresses the darker and more negative elements. If the show lives up to the promise of the trailer, this should be another successful outing for FOX.
9-1-1 premieres January 2018 on FOX.