9-1-1 is the victim of a latest in network reshuffles, as it has been revealed that Fox has opted to not pick up one of its highest rated shows or a seventh season. As a result, the season six finale (set to air on May 15) will be the final episode of the show to air on the network, although the series is far from over.
ABC will instead be picking up the crime procedural drama, with the series, produced by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear, becoming part of the Disney network line-up.
HELLO! understands that, right now, there are no plans to change the showrunners or production teams; Kristen Reidel has been running the show since Tim placed his focus on spin-off show 9-1-1: Lone Star. Contracts for the main cast, including Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, and Jennifer Love Hewitt, are up for renewal following season seven and that made the deal easier for ABC.
ABC is a sister network to 20th Television, the production company responsible for creating 9-1-1 since its 2018 debut, along with its spin-off 9-1-1: Lone Star.
A statement released by Fox after the news was announced read: "It has been an honor to be the founding network of 9-1-1 and we are grateful to Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, together with Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi, Ryan Guzman and the rest of the cast and crew, and 20th Television for delivering such an impactful series to Fox."
9-1-1 is the number one drama on Monday night, and also remains Fox's top-rated scripted series in adults 18-49. However, Fox has no ownership in the series, and each episode is rumored to cost up to $10 million, and with expensive visual effects and stunts, Fox's decision was purely financial.
One of the show's leading figures since the beginning, Oliver Stark, reacted to the news with a celebratory tone, looking forward to the show's new future on ABC.
Alongside a photograph of some of his cast members on the show, the Evan Buckley actor simply wrote: "911 on ABC," alongside a behind-the-scenes snippet from filming.
"Our 9-1-1 family will be moving to @abcnetwork for our SEVENTH season!!!" added Aisha Hinds, who plays Hen Wilson.
"Thank you for your palpable presence throughout the years. You have journeyed with these characters from the beginning, allowing us the opportunity to entertain and engage with you, while you afford us unyielding support. We are delighted and excited to see what our new home has in store…SEE YA NEXT SEASON!!!!! #911onABC."
Spin-off series 9-1-1: Lone Star, though, maintains its home, as Fox officially picked up the series for a fifth season.
In a statement, Disney Television Group president Craig Erwich said: "Thanks to the creative drive of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, as well as the talented cast, 9-1-1 has been one of the most defining and original dramas on network television over the last six seasons and we are honored to bring it to the esteemed group of series on ABC.
"It's a privilege to keep 9-1-1 in the family with 20th Television producing, and we look forward to telling more heart-racing and uplifting stories about these beloved characters on our air."
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