Fox Is Allegedly Close to Picking up an Angela Bassett-Starring Procedural from Ryan Murphy


Any American Horror Story actor’s resume will, if they remain on the series, inevitably become stuffed with over-the-top, deliberately unpredictable and nuance-lacking roles. Across Seasons 3-6 of the series, Angela Bassett has, as one of the series’ MVPs (alongside Kathy Bates — racist severed head, bearded lady, murderous hotel clerk ghost — and Sarah Paulson — kind witch, conjoined twins, leopard print wearing heroin addict ghost), been a Voodoo Queen, a triple-breasted circus performer, a Blaxploitation star, and an actress portraying a police officer.

Now, if all goes according to plan, Bassett will be starring in a show that presumably has a bit more to do with reality — in a procedural from AHS creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the potential show, titled 911, is near getting picked up with a straight-to-series order with Fox. Allegedly, it’d start with 13 episodes, with a midseason slot. It’d center not around police officers, but rather the operators of the titular emergency line — and the stories that come through their receivers. (Presuming they still use landlines?)