Angela Bassett to get $450k an episode of 911, may be highest paid WOC on TV

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Deadline is reporting that Angela Bassett has secured a raise for her work on 911 on Fox. Season five is set to premiere on September 20, I can’t wait! Angela is going to make over $450,000 an episode, which Deadline states “could be the highest ever for an actress of color on a broadcast drama series.” This is surprising to me, which I’ll get to in a moment. Here’s part of that story.

After lengthy negotiations for some, all series regulars on Fox’s flagship drama 9-1-1 have secured pay increases ahead of Season 5, I have learned.

Series star Angela Bassett led the way with a major bump that I hear takes her to north of $450,000 an episode. That is believed to be among the top salaries on network television for any actor — male or female — and could be the highest ever for an actress of color on a broadcast drama series.

For Oscar-nominated Bassett, it encompasses other services beyond acting. She was involved in the development of 9-1-1, whom Ryan Murphy created for her. She serves as an executive producer on 9-1-1 as well as spinoff 9-1-1: Lone Star.

9-1-1‘s male lead, Peter Krause, after a 25% raise, commands the second biggest check on the show, believed to be in the low $300K per episode range. He is followed by Jennifer Love Hewitt, who joined the series in Season 2. She succeeded Connie Britton who shared top billing with Bassett and Krause in Season 1.

The rest of the cast, including original cast members Aisha Hinds, Rockmond Dunbar, Kenneth Choi and Oliver Stark, as well as Ryan Guzman, who joined in Season 2, are believed to be all getting a 25% raise to about $80,000 an episode next season and are projected to go up to $100,000 an episode in Season 6.

[From Deadline]

I’m really happy for Angela and she deserves this. Her character, Athena Grant, really carries this show although of course the whole ensemble is excellent. I love 911. It’s amazing, cheesy and awesome. Every week is like the best and most ridiculous action movie you’ve ever seen. Plus the personal relationships and characters are so good. I honestly miss it and might rewatch the whole series again. Angela’s new per episode payrate is not what I was expecting. While it’s said to be among the highest salaries on network television, it’s also less than half what the cast of Friends used to make. How did Viola Davis, Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson and Tracee Ellis Ross not make this much? (I know the story said the highest for a drama, but I googled Ross and she makes about $200k an episode.) Ellen Pompeo made $575,000 an episode for Grey’s Anatomy plus a share of the backend and a signing bonus. I hope Angela and other actresses carrying shows are getting these type of deals too.

That’s really cool that the entire cast got raises in this negotiation. This show is fabulous and I hope it continues for a long time. Also, I just realized that Oliver Stark (Evan Buckley) is British and my mind is blown.

Thanks to Zakia for telling me to watch this show and sending me this story!

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  1. Mia4s says:

    The clear effects of cutting my cable cord years ago? I’ve never even HEARD of this show! (Season 5?!?!) 😂

    But in any event, Angela rules so sight unseen I’d say she’s worth it.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Angela Basset deserves &1,000,000 a episode as Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox & others got for the last season of Friends

      I loved her work on American Horror Story: Coven.

      Love her husband, Courtney B. Vance, too, Vance was excellent in Law & Order Criminal Intent

      • Truthiness says:

        Of course Angela is worth $1M per episode. But the deal with Friends is only comparable if you take a #1 show that earns billions in syndication and have the ENTIRE cast stick together as one unit, union style. They knew full well the billions of dollars earned by the show.

      • julia jędruszkiewicz says:

        Yes! Coven was amazing!!!

  2. Eurydice says:

    Angela Bassett makes anything amazing. Maybe the disparity is also because 911 has been on only 4 seasons and Gray’s for 17?

    • Celebitchy says:

      That’s a good point about how long Greys ran. Mia you can watch this on Hulu! All seasons were up last time I checked.

      • Mia4s says:

        I may just do that! I genuinely thought “oh cool Angela Bassett is going to be in new show”. And it’s season 5. That’s me with my finger on the pulse of pop culture! 🤷‍♀️

  3. Amy Bee says:

    I was going to say, Scandal and HTGAWM were probably bigger shows than 911 how come Kerry and Viola’s salaries weren’t higher?

    • Nikomikaelx says:

      HTGAWM at its highest was ranked 30 and Scandal was ranked 16 and 18 on seasons 3 and 4.
      911 was ranked 11 just last season so its not really surprising Basset would be getting more per episode.

  4. Scorpion says:

    Woo hoo, Yaaaasssss Miss Bassett, Bank that coinage. I love 9-1-1.

  5. Grant says:

    She is sublime and she deserves every penny!

  6. olliesmom says:

    911 has really grown on me this past season.

    Angela is spectacular in everything that she does and she deserves it. I loved her in American Horror Story. She’s so versatile.

    Her portrayal of Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It is breathtaking.

  7. truthSF says:

    Since she’s also the executive producer on both 9-1-1 and 9-1-1 Lone Star, with the $475K as the main star, I’m sure she’s pulling in close to $1M per episode when you combine all of her paychecks.

  8. Stef says:

    She is fabulous and I’m so happy for her. I love this show too, kind of a guilty cheesy pleasure. My BF is a cop and watches it too, when usually he’s quite picky about his cop shows.

  9. Lilibetp says:

    I love this show! I remember the first time I saw Oliver Stark in an interview and I wondered why he was talking with an English accent. Never occurred to me that he IS English.

  10. Lisa says:

    Go get that money, Angela

  11. TisMe says:

    Good! She deserves every penny and more!