'9-1-1' Speeds on to USA Network

'9-1-1' stars Peter Krause and Angela Bassett as first responders.
'9-1-1' stars Peter Krause and Angela Bassett as first responders. (Image credit: Jack Zeman/Fox)

9-1-1 has been acquired by NBCUniversal’s USA Network and the drama about first responders in Los Angeles will start airing in a four-hour primetime block on Wednesday, January 5.

The deal between NBCUniversal Television and Streaming and Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution covers all four existing seasons of the show — which stars Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and Jennifer Love Hewitt — as well the current fifth season and any upcoming seasons. The current season will debut on USA later this year.

9-1-1 is the perfect addition to USA Network, which has long been a destination for big, iconic characters and event television,” Val Boreland, executive VP, entertainment content acquisitions, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a statement. “The show is a proven hit with critics and audiences alike, making this a home run for our viewers who can now enjoy these incredible seasons as part of our portfolio’s growing library.” 

9-1-1 which also has a spinoff: 9-1-1 Lone Star — is created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, all of whom also executive produce and write. Besides Bassett, Krause and Hewitt, it also stars Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi, Ryan Guzman, Rockmond Dunbar, Corinne Massiah, Marcanthonee Jon Reis and Gavin McHugh. 

9-1-1 is produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision. Bradley Buecker is an executive producer and director. Alexis Martin Woodall, Bassett, Krause, John J. Gray, Kristen Reidel and Juan Carlos Coto also serve as executive producers. The series is distributed by Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. ■

Paige Albiniak

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for more than 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for The Global Entertainment Marketing Academy of Arts & Sciences (G.E.M.A.). She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997 - September 2002.