Fire Country is here to stay. The firefighting drama was one of the standouts of the year, even if the fans have had to wait longer than usual for a second season. The writers and actors strike may have slowed things down a bit, but the showrunners and executives at CBS have made it clear that they have plans to turn Fire Country into a franchise.
The plans were first teased by CBS Chief George Cheeks during the Banff World Media Festival in June. He praised Fire Country and claimed that there were already talks to launch spinoff shows that take place in the same universe.
Fire Country spin-off will be focused on sheriffs
“We are focused on mass-appeal franchises,” Cheeks told an excited crowd. “We started with expanding universes, reimagining, but also creating new franchises. [And] again, this season’s number one show was Fire Country, which completely lends itself to building out a whole new universe. So it is really important for us to double down on a franchise focus.”
The CBS Chief went on to claim that Fire Country could be a brand that supports multiple shows, much NBC has achieved with One Chicago and Law & Order.
“It became very clear that not only was the show special, it really felt like this could be a great example of us building together a franchise from scratch,” he added. “And so I’m like, ‘you guys, congratulations, you got your back nine. Now let’s start talking about ideas for new extensions.’
Cheeks confirmed that he was in talks with the producers of Fire Country regarding spinoffs, and details involving one of the spinoffs has been revealed by TV Line. According to the outlet, one of the planned spinoffs will be focused on sheriffs, which makes perfect sense given the legal angle that the show takes towards firefighting and prison release programs.
It’s unclear whether the sheriff spinoff will be incorporating pre-existing characters, since Fire Country has introduced Sheriff Greg Dunning (Peter Bryant), or if it will be based around brand new people. That being said, CBS is eyeing 2025 as a possible release year.
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“They’ve already come up with some great [ideas],” Cheeks noted. “We’re not necessarily looking at next year. We’re looking when they’re ready. That’s the beauty of the gestation process.”
Fire Country is slated to return for its second season on February 16, 2024, and we’re excited to see whether the show decides to lay the groundwork for spin-offs by introducing newcomers, or going the Law & Order route and using an episode as a backdoor pilot for the sheriff show.
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