"I really like the characters and their interaction," said Tim Minear, stressing that the series "is not Breaking Bad" and "has no antiheroes" but rather an amalgam of "workplace stories" with constant surprises in the narrative.
The "9-1-1" formula, which appears in Portugal at FOX Life, includes a racially diverse cast and features incredible emergency situations, such as a crash-hit shark attack on the freeway or a crash-inflatable castle.
The series performed well with the audience and recorded a 44% increase on the opening night of the second season, with 9.8 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
The first season, in 2018, had already reached higher audiences than any other fiction series in the FOX chain.
"9-1-1" was written by the same team that conceived the fantastic world of "American Horror Story", Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, in an attempt to "create a series that works well on a large television chain without being generic, "the showrunner said.
According to Minear, many of the emergency stories portrayed in the "9-1-1" episodes actually happened, such as the newborn who was taken from a barrel on the wall of a building and rescued on a motorway that collapsed after an earthquake.
Aisha Hinds, an actress who plays firefighter Hen Wilson, stressed the importance of "giving voice" to professionals who are the first to reach accident sites but "almost never" are represented on television in a multifaceted way.
The diversity of the cast – which includes Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Oliver Stark, Kenneth Choi and Rockmond Dunbar – in terms of races, gender and sexual orientation was also referred to by Angela Bassett.
"We all want to be seen, be heard, respected and brought from the margins to the center," said the actress, who accepted Athena's role in "9-1-1" before reading the script, for working with creators in "American Horror Story" for four years.
FOX's production concept follows a trend visible in other recent series, such as ABC's "The Rookie" or CBS's "SWAT: Intervention Force," which show the work of police, firefighters and special agents in Los Angeles in a light more positive.
"9-1-1" was on a winter break and the second half of the second season, which returned to North American television this week, will debut in Portugal on April 15 at FOX Life.
The PaleyFest 2019 ends today at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood with viewing of new episodes and panels of debate with creators and actors from different television productions.