The second season of 9-1-1 brings about all kinds of changes. The biggest for fans is that Abby (Connie Britton) is gone and has left Buck (Oliver Stark) behind to pick up the pieces. While she’s off travelling around the world, fulfilling her mom’s dream, Buck is stuck in the same place, living the same life, single once again and ready to mingle. Or is he?
“She’s not dead,” Stark teased reporters at the Corus upfront presentation. “She’s moved away. It doesn’t mean there can’t be any communication between them.”
So you’re telling us there’s a chance?
“We saw her really change him for the better and I think that was really positive to put out there,” Stark said of Abby’s influence on Buck. “I think the fact that he grew out of that [bad boy phase], and grew out of that very quickly, was a real nice thing to see. So yeah, I hope he’ll continue on that path.”
Emotionally, sure. But as far as physically and where the job takes him, Stark wants Buck to stay exactly the same: not careless or reckless, but selfless, continuing on that “path of finding maturity and the responsibility of the job but still being able to push the boundaries of what’s acceptable and walking that line of doing what has to be done to save a person.”
He further explained, “I think it will be a shame if he, though I don’t think he ever would, lost that gung-ho mentality that he has. It’s worked in his favour so I hope he continues to lean into that and put himself out there to save people.”
Things will change, however, as the 9-1-1 landscape goes under a bit of an overhaul. Jennifer Love Hewitt joins the cast as Buck’s sister, Maddie, so expect us to find out a little more about the strapping firefighter. There’s also a new guy, another young alpha male (played by Ryan Guzman), joining the firehouse, which could change the energy quite a bit.
“It’s been a very cohesive firehouse so far so someone coming in, it’ll be interesting to see how the characters react and if Buck feels like this guy is moving in on his territory,” said Stark, who admitted that because the characters are similar, there will likely be some conflict. But not for long. “In real life, firehouses, they are family and you have to trust that they’re going to put their life on the line to save you because you know that you’re going to do the same for them.”
Speaking of real-life firefighters, Stark — who confessed to looking into a firehouse every time he passes one — also revealed that there was a time when he considered becoming a firefighter but isn’t sure if he has what it takes.
“I hope to understand the level of commitment and level of danger that these guys go through, a whole other level of bravery, something that I don’t know if I have,” said Stark. “I hope I have but I’ve never been tested to that level.” But he’s happy to pay honour those who do.
“Thankfully I’m in a position I get to do these things in very safe environments,” he added. “I think it will be disingenuous to say that I understand what they have to go through but we’re doing our best to imitate that and put on a show for the public.”
And what a show it is. On the two-night Season 2 premiere, Los Angeles is not only facing a massive heatwave but things get even stickier when a massive earthquake rocks the city leaving the first responders having to prove what they do best. Yep, we’re fired up.
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9-1-1‘s two-night premiere airs Sunday, September 23 at 8 p.m. ET and Monday, September 24 at 9 p.m. ET on Global and Fox and returns to it regular timeslot of Mondays at 9 p.m. ET the following week.
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