American Horror Story star Angela Bassett sticking with Ryan Murphy for new Fox series

Angela BassettAngela Bassett is almost surely aware of one thing by now — if you appear on one Ryan Murphy series, it means potential for more.

What’s interesting about the latest announcement pertaining to Bassett is that it comes almost out of nowhere. According to Deadline, the actress (who graces many seasons of American Horror Story these days) will appear as one of the stars of 911, a straight-to-series Fox drama that is being set for a launch at midseason in 2018. One possible outcome for this could be as a companion to The X-Files when that show returns for its own ten-episode season coming potentially early next year.

This series, which comes from Murphy and his longtime collaborator Brad Fulchuk, will revolve around the lives of 911 operators and will share some comparisons to ER. The big surprise, besides this show coming almost out of nowhere, is that this is not the typical show in the Murphy catalogue. More often tha not, his shows are odd, genre-bending, and far off the network beaten path. Maybe this indicates a desire to do something more traditional while he continues to have Horror Story, Feud, and American Crime Story all airing over on FX.

Meanwhile, Scream Queens technically is still on the bubble over on Fox, but the odds of its return feel minimal at best and it would be canceled already were it not for the fact that Murphy is on board and the network maintains a great relationship with him.

As for whether or not this new series impedes on any of Bassett’s current television work with Horror Story, there could be a chance to do both in some capacity. Working with him on both shows creates flexibility, and remember that this is a man who has Sarah Paulson effectively running between The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story and the fifth season of American Horror Story at a fairly rapid pace.

Do you have a take on Angela Bassett getting this new series, and do you think there is potential here for Murphy to reach a new audience? Share in the comments.

Meanwhile, head over here if you want for whatever reason to be royally freaked out by a new teaser from the upcoming seventh Horror Story season. (Photo: FX.)

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