Fire Country is hot. The CBS drama was an overnight hit with fans, and the network is taking notice. Not only has CBS renewed Fire Country for another season, but it has also announced plans to expand the show into a legitimate franchise, with spin-offs and expanded media.
It’s a logical step for CBS, especially given the success of franchises like Law and Order, 9-1-1 and One Chicago. Interconnected storytelling have become the template for success when it comes to scripted dramas, especially when it deals with crime and procedural calls like Fire Country.
Will there be a Fire Country spin-off show?
George Cheeks, the president & CEO of CBS, as well as the chief content officer news & sports at Paramount+ and CBS Entertainment, broke the news at the recent Banff World Media Festival. Cheeks told the crowd that he wanted to “expand universes” starting with Fire Country.
“Fire Country completely lends itself to new worlds, we’re really doubling down on that focus but it doesn’t have to be known IP,” the president added, before revealing that these plans have been in the work for some time. “I said to [the creators] we’ve done the back nine, now let’s go do some more. And true to form, they’ve done that.”
It’s an exciting proposition, and one that feels like a logical step for Fire Country creators Joan Rater, Tony Phelan and Max Theriot. There are so many places throughout the country that could lend itself to a Fire Country-type drama, or, depending on the direction they go, a different line of work also set in California.
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While the plans for Fire Country spin-offs are still in the works, Cheeks has made it clear that he plans to have multiple shows under the franchise banner. They will likely be ready for release in 2025, depending on the status of the writers strike.
“Probably not next year, just when they’re ready,” he noted. Cheeks also asserted that these Fire Country spin-offs could wind up on CBS and/or Paramount Plus, depending on where the studio feels they were fit best. We’re curious to learn more about the franchise, now that it’s officially a franchise!
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