Fire Country is the new hot firefighting show. Pardon the pun, but it’s true. Fans were enraptured by the show’s balance of personal drama and tense, life-threatening emergencies. It didn’t hurt that the first season ended on a cliffhanger that has had people buzzing about the fate of the protagonist, Bode Donovan (Max Thierot).
Here’s the thing, though: the actors strike has really tested the loyalty of fans. The show was supposed to return in the fall, but the writers and actors strikes have forced CBS to delay it to 2024. As such, the amount of episodes that season 2 was supposed to have has dwindled.
How many episodes will be in Fire Country season 2?
According to TV Line, Fire Country season 2 will contain 10-13 episodes, which is a far cry from the 22 episodes that comprised season 1. This is not a change specific to Fire Country, either, as most of the scripted network dramas have had to make concessions and scheduling changes to fit the limited window of time they will have to produce new stories.
Other first responder franchise like One Chicago and Law & Order will also be reduced to shorter, 13 episode seasons in 2024, assuming they will be able to start production at some point before the new year. The actors and studios attempted to reach an agreement on Monday, November 6, but BBC reports that there were still disagreements between the two camps, and the strike will thus continue. Fortunately, things were able to get worked out, and an agreement was reached two days later. The strike is over, and the shows are coming back.
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Fire Country is in a slightly more precarious situation than aforementioned shows like Chicago Fire or other CBS shows like Blue Bloods. These titles have been on the air for over a decade, and have developed a reputation for consistency. Chicago Fire and Blue Bloods fans have stuck with these shows through thick and thin, so there’s less of a concern that the abbreviated season will hurt them in the long term. Fire Country, on the other hand, is still building up its reputation.
The show had a wildly successful first season, but it has yet to prove that it can deliver the goods year after year. There were countless shows during the last writers strike (2007-08) that did well only to be yanked off the air or fall off so much in terms of quality that they lost the momentum they had pre-strike. We sincerely hope that this doesn’t happen to Fire Country, but it is most certainly a risk as we gear up for the crucial sophomore season.
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