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9-1-1 Season 6 Bucks Its Own Trend, Introducing Major Life Changes and a Relatively New Face to the 118

911 Season 6 Spoilers

Where there’s a new season of 9-1-1, there will always be a devastating crisis threatening the people of Los Angeles. But the Fox procedural is doing things a little differently this year.

“We’ve moved away a bit from the giant, multi-episode disaster,” executive producer Kristen Reidel tells TVLine. “Those are a little hard to find once you’ve done an earthquake and a tsunami.” Instead, the Season 6 premiere (Sept. 19, 8/7c) is more of a “traditional” 9-1-1 episode “with a big fun case and a bunch of other little cases.”

Of course, this is still 9-1-1, so that “big fun case” happens to be a blimp (co-piloted by Beverly Hills, 90210‘s Gabrielle Carteris!) crashing into a soccer stadium.

“It’s easier to rescue people when you’re on the ground than when you’re 50 feet in the air and the thing is moving,” Reidel notes, adding that the whole ordeal will be escalated by “the general panic that accompanies something crashing into a stadium.”

When something like this happens, “people’s first assumptions are not always accurate,” she says. “It’s usually that we’re under attack, so we’re going to play a little bit with that on the Athena front.”

Read on for more Season 6 scoop, including a new-ish member of the 118 and an emotional look back at how a fan-favorite couple got its start, then drop a comment with your own hopes for the future of 9-1-1.

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