'9-1-1' Fans, Oliver Stark Just Hinted at a Surprise Crossover With 'The Rookie' on ABC

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Well, folks, 9-1-1 just wrapped season 6. Capping off a season full of twists and turns, viewers continue to be captivated by those working at Station 118 in the Los Angeles Fire Department (LFD). What's more, the show left fans' jaws on the floor, thanks to an era full of engagements and life-threatening emergencies.

Perhaps, the most heart-pumping of all the episodes was the finale on May 15, featuring yet another unexpected crisis at hand. Apart from a high-stakes mission involving Bobby (Peter Krause) and Hen (Aisha Hinds), celebrating an engagement between Maddie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) and Chimney (Kenneth Choi), plus other heart-pumping scenarios, Fox also came forward with shocking news.

The show got renewed for season 7, but folks won't get to watch new episodes on the network where it all began. Curious to know why? Here's what to expect from season 7, including its network change, cast, premiere date, spoilers and more.

Is there season 7 of 9-1-1?

On May 1, fans learned that 9-1-1 was picked up for season 7. But instead of it airing on Fox, Deadline announced that the show would be moving to ABC for the new season. Amid the surprise revelation of jumping networks, actress Aisha Hinds reflected on Instagram how excited she is to embark on a new TV future.

"Our 9-1-1 family will be moving to @abcnetwork for our SEVENTH season!!!" she captioned the post. "Thank you for your palpable presence throughout the years. You have journeyed with these characters from the beginning, allowing us the opportunity to entertain and engage with you, while you afford us unyielding support. We are delighted and excited to see what our new home has in store… SEE YA NEXT SEASON!!!!! #911onABC ."

When folks saw Aisha remark about the season renewal, they immediately congratulated her in the comments. "Very exciting news! So glad I get to see your characters' stories continue to unfold on my screen. You guys must be thrilled. Congratulations on the renewal! See you in Season 7! ✨," one person wrote. "SEASON 7 BAY BAY 🔥👏🔥👏," a different follower exclaimed. "So glad we get to continue on this journey with you and Hen, and the rest of the FireFam! 😍," another added.

As far as a release date, it's hard to say. When ABC unveiled their upcoming 2023-2024 TV schedule, it appeared that 9-1-1 wasn't on the official list. While it's not necessarily a hiccup, it just means that we'll need to keep an eye out for any news in the coming months. Make sure to hit "save" at the top of this article for future updates, so you can get the latest information on when 9-1-1 will be come back.

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Who is in the 9-1-1 season 7 cast?

Based on the way things left off at the end of season 6, here's who we can expect to return in season 7:

  • Peter Krause as Bobby Nash

  • Angela Bassett as Athena Grant Nash

  • Corinne Massiah as May Grant

  • Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant

  • Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley

  • Kenneth Choi as Howard “Chimney” Han

  • Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Buckley

  • Aisha Hinds as Henrietta "Hen" Wilson

  • Ryan Guzman as Eddie Díaz

  • Gavin McHugh as Christopher Díaz

One actor who could possibly return at some point is John Harlan Kim, who portrays Albert Han. He first came to the 118 in a recurring role for season 3 before becoming a main cast member in season 4. But after taking a step back after being unhappy with the LAFD in season 5, fans saw the character get written out of the storyline. Still, since Fox (now ABC) nor John didn't express the character demotion, it's plausible to think Albert might return in season 7 ... possibly for his brother Chimney's wedding to Maddie?

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Why is 9-1-1 moving from Fox to ABC?

In an official report from The Hollywood Reporter, there was a major reason for 9-1-1 moving from Fox to ABC. The network chose to axe 9-1-1 to lower the costs for producing new shows. The outlet reported that the drama is owned by Disney's 20th Television and Fox paid more than $9 million in licensing fees for each episode to appear on its network. Despite it being the No. 1 broadcast drama in the adults 18-49 demographic for television, Fox chose to instead renew its spin-off 9-1-1: Lone Star for season 5 and only pay between $6 million and $7 million per episode.

"Thanks to the creative drive of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, as well as the talented cast, 9-1-1 has been one of the most defining and original dramas on network television over the last six seasons," said Craig Erwich, president of Disney Television Group, in an official statement. "It's a privilege to keep 9-1-1 in the family ... we look forward to telling more heart-racing and uplifting stories about these beloved characters on our air."

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While there aren't any spoilers for 9-1-1 season 7 just yet, Oliver Stark spoke with Variety about switching networks and how it affects 9-1-1 moving forward. As he explained to the outlet, it wasn't a huge surprise to the cast when the news came out about going to ABC. What's more, he's excited to see how the drama unfolds in the future.

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"There have been rumors for a while swirling around that something like this might happen," he told the publication. "So, it’s not like we were completely in the dark or anything like that. I think, in some senses, it’s exciting. Fox has been a really great home for us and made us feel very welcome ... But there’s also a possibility of now switching over to ABC opening up a new audience for us and exposing us to a new audience and possibly reinvigorating the show."

Despite higher-ups at Fox saying that it would be "extremely unlikely" to ever see 9-1-1 reunite in a crossover with its spin-off 9-1-1: Lone Star (which the network renewed for season 5), Oliver ventured to say that folks could maybe see the 118 collide with another ABC show based in Los Angeles.

"I don’t know if that would ever be a possibility or not. I don’t really quite understand the legalities of that," he added. "If it is an option, I think we’re always game for it. It’s a lovely thing to see those universes, those worlds collide. I don’t know, maybe it even opens us up to possible other crossover with ABC procedurals. Maybe we end up on The Rookie."

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When 9-1-1 officially makes its TV debut on ABC, it will likely follow the same pattern other shows on the network have for streaming. You can always tune into the channel the day of and watch the episode as it airs. If you'd rather watch it somewhere else, you can view new episodes on the ABC site or ABC app. Just remember to have your TV provider info handy, so you can log in before watching.

If you're someone who has services like YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV or fuboTV, you can catch it on those sites as it airs live too. All three sites offer a free seven-day trial that you can test out before opting into a subscription.

If you can't watch 9-1-1 live or you want to wait until you can watch it at your leisure, new episodes will likely hit Hulu to watch the next day. If you don't have an account, you can try out the service free for 30 days before choosing plans that start at $7.99 per month. Once you're all set, click on the title page on Hulu's website or the Hulu app.

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