The second season of CBS’ ‘Fire Country’ is slated to be filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, in early 2024. The action drama series follows Bode Donovan, a young convict who seeks redemption and a shortened prison sentence by joining a firefighting program in Northern California. He, along with other inmates, is tasked to extinguish massive fires in partnership with elite firefighters. Things take an unexpected turn when Donovan is assigned to the program in his hometown, a place he left five years ago with a secret.
The show was created by Tony Phelan, Joan Rater, and Max Thieriot, with Tia Napolitano serving as the showrunner. Phelan and Rater are known for their work in the shows ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Council of Dads,’ ‘Madam Secretary,’ and ‘A Small Light.’ Napolitano’s other credits include the shows ‘Cruel Summer,’ ‘Station 19,’ and ‘Scandal.’
As for Thieriot, the co-creator also stars in the show in the lead role of Bode Donovan. The actor is recognized for his performances as Clay Spenser in CBS’ military drama ‘SEAL Team’ and Dylan Massett in A&E’s psychological horror series ‘Bates Motel.’ The rest of the cast includes Kevin Alejandro (‘Lucifer’ and ‘Ugly Betty’) as Manny Perez, Stephanie Arcila (‘The Aliens’ and ‘9 Bullets’) as Gabriela Perez, Jordan Calloway (‘Riverdale’ and ‘Black Lightning’) as Jake Crawford, Jules Latimer (‘Guilty Party’ and ‘Rustin’) as Eve Edwards, Diane Farr (‘12 Feet Deep’ and ‘Numbers’) as Sharon Leone, and Billy Burke (‘Lights Out’ and ‘Revolution’) as Vince Leone.
‘Fire Country’ premiered in October 2022 and consistently garnered good viewership ratings, which led to its renewal for season 2 in January 2023. At the time, Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment, said, “It’s pretty remarkable to see a new series resonate like this with both broadcast and streaming audiences right out of the gate. ‘Fire Country’ has so many appealing entry points for the audience. It combines high-stakes action with small-town charm, mystery, and romance, and a family franchise at its core.”
“We’re blessed to have an incredible team in front of and behind the camera led by amazing producers and writers and an exceptionally talented cast,” Reisenbach added. While the makers haven’t divulged the plot details about the second season, Napolitano teased that the audience is in for a surprise. “My goal is to, the first time we see each and every character, the audience will gasp and be shocked, everyone’s story will be very, very surprising from the moment you see them,” she said in an interview with Deadline.
While the show was renewed for a second season at the beginning of this year, the same could not commence filming due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. With the writers recently returning to work, the production is expected to begin as soon as the actors’ strike concludes. The debut season was also filmed around Vancouver, particularly in the village of Anmore in the Greater Vancouver metropolitan area.