Monday, June 17, 2024

TV Shocker: Angela Bassett’s “Rescue 9-1-1” Moving to ABC from Fox for Season 7 Even Though Fox Produces the Show


Here’s a headscratcher: Angela Bassett’s “Rescue 9-1-1” is moving to ABC from Fox TV for its 7th season. Fox actually cancelled the show despite it being produced by…wait for it…Fox TV!

Bassett, Peter Krause, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi, Ryan Guzman star in this excellent if ignored series that would be a hit if it had some press.

Meantime, Fox did renew the show’s spin off, “Rescue 9-1-1: Somewhere Else.” starring Rob Lowe, will remain behind on Fox for one more year.

The irony here is that ABC is part of Disney, which owns Fox TV. But I would think going to ABC is a massive upgrade for this show, to be on a real network. Bassett should have been nominated for Best Actress in a Drama by the Emmys, Globes, Critics Choice, etc. Maybe ABC PR can pull that off.

This season, “Rescue 9-1-1” averaged 4.8 million viewers, much higher than “Greys Anatomy.” Maybe ABC can do crossovers with “Greys” or “Station 19.”

PS I watched an episode of this show this season that Bassett-centric. If it had been on HBO, everyone would be getting Emmys.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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