Critical Condition: 9-1-1

9-1-1 | Three, 9.05 Monday

➢ “A series about 911 responders comes with built-in advantages in the drama department. Even so, there’s no missing the exceptional depth of detail, the emotional range and enterprise that undergird standard events—trying, for instance, to breathe life back into a swimmer knocked unconscious—and make them affecting.” — Wall Street Journal.

➢ “Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (American Horror StoryGlee), 9-1-1 focuses primarily on Bobby (Peter Krause), a seasoned firefighter in recovery for alcohol and drug abuse; Athena (Angela Bassett), a beat cop trapped in an unhappy marriage; and Abby (Connie Britton), a ‘what’s-your-emergency?’ operator caring for a mother with Alzheimer’s and trying to get over a bad breakup. The pilot starts with tension at a seven and ratchets it up as the episode goes along, rarely pausing between professional and personal emergencies.” — USA Today.

➢ “Could subsequent episodes start breaking from the established procedural mold with long-term arcs or massive character twists or stunning emergencies that make you laugh/cry/barf in new ways? Maybe. The pilot doesn’t offer any indication that that’s what Murphy and Falchuk are thinking. It has a high network gloss, repeatable broadcast storytelling and the opportunity to watch an as-good-as-it-gets cast at work.” — The Hollywood Reporter.

➢ “It’s a West Coast variation of the gone, forgotten Third Watch, although it’s more topical to explain it as ‘All the Chicago shows but now Los Angeles’ … Any network procedural can come on strong in the expensive pilot, with impressive location work and motorcycling bad guys sprayed skyward by water cannons. I can’t imagine 9-1-1 can sustain this kind of kinetic energy, and I’m worried that Britton in particular seems far sidelined from the rest of the cast.” — Entertainment Weekly.

➢ “As long as these first responders are on the job, careening from one wild crisis to another 9-1-1 has the making of a hit … It’s when we go off duty with these heroes, played by one of TV’s most ridiculously overqualified casts that the show flatlines with maudlin subplots that might have been rejected by General Hospital.” — TV Guide.

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6 Responses to “Critical Condition: 9-1-1”

  1. Hi Phil. Slightly off topic to the show you have highlighted above, but I was wondering if any of the Freeview networks was considering showing the J-Lo headlining NBC show Shades of Blue? (Perhaps it’s already been on Sky and I’ve missed it!:-))

  2. Hey, Rosco. No, you’re right, it’s not yet turned up anywhere. I thought Sky would have picked it up for The Box/Sky 5 or it might surface on Netflix, especially now it’s into its third season. S1 has been released on DVD in Australia but no sign of it here yet. Thanks for reminding me to check out why it’s slipped through the cracks.

  3. Cheers Phil. Also, can your connections at the Freeview networks provide you any insight into when the last couple of episodes of the current season of Hawaii Five-0 will be shown? You may recall Three pulled the show as it was heading for the season finale (for no good reason if I recall, and there were quite a few complaints on your pages at the time) Would be good to get those last couple of eps shown and onto the next season … so are we still three seasons behind??!! ;-)

  4. Afraid there’s no sign of it through to April in Three’s advance schedule (which is subject to change). Despite pulling it a few eps short of the season finale, Three gave H5O a good run in primetime last year, but it never built in viewership and I imagine it will go back to late-night. By then, we will be two seasons behind (S8 ends next month in the US). S6 was due for release here on DVD in December but had to be pulled at the 11th hour because its broadcast run hadn’t been completed.

  5. How do you get the advance schedule?

  6. It’s a ratecard for advertisers that sets out the network’s schedule for the next few months (but it can change abruptly):

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