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Emmy spotlight: Angela Bassett rises above police procedural genre in Ryan Murphy’s ‘9-1-1’

Emmy spotlight: Angela Bassett rises above police procedural genre in Ryan Murphy’s ‘9-1-1’

When you think of police procedurals on TV, you don’t always think “Emmy.” But that could all change this year thanks to Angela Bassett‘s performance as police officer Athena Grant on Fox’s “9-1-1.” The veteran actress received her fourth career Emmy nomination last year for her guest turn on “Master of None” after previously competing for “The Rosa Parks Story” (2002), “American Horror Story: Coven” (2014) and “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (2015). Will this Emmy favorite now earn a Best Drama Actress bid for playing Athena on Ryan Murphy‘s new series?

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Unlike most procedurals that stick close to their case-of-the-week formulas, “9-1-1” also delves into the home lives of its police officers, firefighters and phone operators. Thus, Emmy voters get to see two sides of Athena:

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