Connie Britton is officially headed back to the Murphy-verse for 9-1-1, an upcoming FOX series from frequent collaborators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck. Britton first collaborated with the duo for American Horror Story, starring in Murder House, the first installment of the now-thriving horror anthology. She played Vivien Harmon, a family woman who unknowingly moves into a haunted mansion only to be tormented by the ghosts that reside within.
Though Britton’s performance in the show was widely praised — even earning her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie — scheduling has been tricky for any potential comeback. Shortly after season 1, she was cast as Rayna James in Nashville, on which she’s been working for the last five years, and she’s also appeared in movies including This Is Where I Leave You, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and American Ultra. Still, Britton has been vocal that she’d love to return to AHS, and she did manage to re-team with Murphy and Falchuck for a two-episode arc as Faye Resnick in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, their 2016-launched crime series.
Now, however, the three will get a proper reunion for 9-1-1. As reported by Deadline, Britton is set for a lead role alongside fellow AHS vet Angela Bassett and Parenthood alum Peter Krause.
The show, written and executive produced by Murphy and Falchuk, is described as a procedural drama that “explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics, and firefighters who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations.” It will follow these emergency responders as they balance their professional challenges with the problems that arise in their own lives. Britton is believed to be playing a 911 operator.
From the sounds of it, 9-1-1 is far outside of Murphy and Falchuk’s usual wheelhouse. They tend to veer toward the campy and dramatic, and while the show promises to follow through on the latter, it seems more by the book. It’s also an interesting choice, given the flood of emergency-centric shows already populating TV: Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, and the entirety of Dick Clark’s Chicago are just a few. But they’re certainly always successful, and often have astonishing longevity. ER ran for 15 years, while Grey’s Anatomy is now on its 14th season, despite losing many of the original cast members. Either way, Britton’s collaborations with Murphy and Falchuk have both been lauded, so that alone gives 9-1-1 some promise.
9-1-1 is slated to premiere in 2018 on FOX.
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