‘9-1-1’ Season 4 Consultant Has a ‘Scary’ Similarity to Angela Bassett’s LAPD Sergeant

”It’s as though we based Athena on her, which we did not,“ showrunner Tim Minear says of former LAPD sergeant and show consultant Cheryl Dorsey

Over the first three seasons of Fox’s “9-1-1,” the Ryan Murphy-produced first-responder drama has not shied away from the topics of racial discrimination and police brutality. Those subjects intersect regularly for star and executive producer Angela Bassett’s character, Athena Grant, a Black woman who is a field sergeant in the Los Angeles Police Department.

But going into Season 4 amid Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, “9-1-1” showrunner Tim Minear wanted to find a way to explore those issues even more directly — so he hired Cheryl Dorsey, a Black woman who is a former LAPD field sergeant, as a consultant for the writers’ room.

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Jennifer Maas

Jennifer Maas

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