When will the hit action drama return for another season? Here is everything we know so far about the potential release date of Fire Country Season 2.
We completely understand why the viewers are anxiously counting down the days until they can dive back into the life of Bode Donovan as he redeems himself and shortens his prison sentence by volunteering for the California Conservation Camp Programme, in which prisoners assist the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire. The fans are curious to see what the next chapter has in store, due to which some burning questions on everyone’s minds, like “When will Fire Country Season 2 release on CBS?” are popping all over the web!
So, if you’re wondering the same and holding onto your heart to get some answers about the series’ official return, then you’ve reached the right place to get all your queries sorted! For your convenience, we at Web News Observer have listed all the latest updates that have been released or even hinted at by the cast and crew so far. At last, it’s time to buckle up and get ready for the highly anticipated Fire Country Season 2, which you should fully understand before watching it streaming when it premieres on the CBS network globally.
Fire Country Season 2: Will it premiere in 2023 or not?
Firstly, we want to get straight across the point that the official release date for Fire Country Season 2 has not been acknowledged by the CBS network, which is quite unfortunate, as the previously confirmed schedule for Fire Country Season 2 has undergone some major changes, and the chances for the fans to get new updates about the potential release date anytime soon by the cast or the crew are completely off-limits. Yes, you heard it right!
We say this with a bit of certainty as the primetime schedule, which was expected to begin for the fall of 2023–2024, with September being the ideal release window with new episodes airing every Friday at 9/8c on CBS and Paramount Plus, has now drastically changed and it has now been confirmed that the show won’t be able to premiere on the approved schedule which was earlier set of this year. One of the main reasons for such changes in the fall schedule is the ongoing 2023 WGA strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, which doesn’t seem to be resolved anytime soon!
Though, on the bright side, after almost five months, the Writers Guild’s strike officially ended at 12:01 a.m. PT on Wednesday. It’s the SAG-AFTRA strike that is still left to be resolved, as reports state that SAG-AFTRA and studios could meet within days. “We have no confirmed dates scheduled, and there will not be meetings with the AMPTP this week,” a SAG-AFTRA spokesperson said. Further stating, “When we do have dates confirmed, we will inform our members. No one should rely on speculation.”
Until any confirmation, we’ll just have to wait until this strike ends for work to resume soon, as it seems likely that the actor’s strike might get extended until October 2023!
Hence, as long as the negotiations are still ongoing with the actor’s strike, there will be a major halt in script writing and production if the network wants to air the new season by next year.
In simple words, it’s safe to say that the second season will not be available to stream anytime soon or later this year, making the fandom wait for longer than they anticipated! Moreover, if we look at the current status, one thing is clear CBS has skipped the entirety of the 2023–24 fall schedule by approving the release window for some time around early 2024 (the first quarter of 2023, starting from January to March), just like other networks by rescheduling all the scripted series until next year and keeping the remaining schedule filled with non-scripted shows, which usually includes reruns and reality shows to fill the empty slots.
In conclusion, the show’s creators might consider the late completion of the scripts and come up with the best approach to avoid any obstacles in the future. As a result, we ask fans to be patient and keep an eye on social media channels for more information on the potential release date, which will ultimately be acknowledged. For the time being, we also urge the readers to check out the new revised fall CBS’s 2023–24 schedule, which includes the following shows:
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Fire Country Season 2 Plot: What to expect from the new season?
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) inspired this series, which is one of the reasons why this show has a totally unique plot. When Thieriot started developing the concept for the series, he drew inspiration from his memories of growing up in Northern California’s fire region. The series uses the nearby village of Fort Langley to portray the fictional Northern California town of Edgewater. Additionally, establishing shots for the city of Edgewood were filmed in Rio Dell, in Humboldt County, California.
Hence, the show’s basic theme will be carried further into the new season, which follows:
“Bad choices don’t make a bad man. At least that’s what Bode Donovan’s been told. Midway through a five-year prison stretch, he’s been trying to convince himself of it, too. He gets the chance to prove it, signing on to an unconventional prison-release program: in exchange for reduced sentences, convicts are paired with firefighters battling Northern California wildfires. The heat is turned up when Bode’s assigned to the program in his rural hometown, the place where all his troubles began.”
Recently, Diane Farr (Sharon Leone) told TVInsider what she’d like to see happen, quoting, “I’m hoping to explore what happens when a codependent person who wants to save other people is saved by somebody else. So in the best-case scenario, seeing someone care for me would make me want to learn how to care for myself, but that’s not really how it happens. Usually, you’re like, ‘Oh, I have to go find someone that’s going to care for me.’ So whether that’s Luke or someone else, it’s just going to be interesting if she can’t put all of her time into saving her son or sort of in a way keeping her marriage afloat.”
Hence, the show’s basic theme will be carried further into the new season, which follows: “Bad choices don’t make a bad man. At least that’s what Bode Donovan’s been told. Midway through a five-year prison stretch, he’s been trying to convince himself of it, too. He gets the chance to prove it, signing on to an unconventional prison-release program: in exchange for reduced sentences, convicts are paired with firefighters battling Northern California wildfires. The heat is turned up when Bode’s assigned to the program in his rural hometown, the place where all his troubles began.”
There is also no doubt that the next season will pick up from the final episode, “I Know It Feels Impossible,” which was watched by 5.32 million US viewers. The episode was directed by Dermott Downs and written by Tia Napolitano. The following synopsis of the episode states, “The station 42 and third rock crews face a daring rescue when a massive mudslide tears through Edgewater. Meanwhile, Bode’s (Max Theriot) freedom is on the line at his parole hearing.” There are many unresolved plotlines that will be addressed in the next season to build up the hype more than ever!
Fire Country Season 2 Cast: Who will reprise their roles in the new season?
The main cast members who are expected to reprise their roles are as follows: Max Thieriot as Bode Donovan (aka Bode Leone), Kevin Alejandro as Manny Perez, Jordan Calloway as Jake Crawford, Stephanie Arcila as Gabriela Perez, Jules Latimer as Eve Edwards, Diane Farr as Sharon Leone, and Billy Burke as Vince Leone. Other actors such as W. Tré Davis as Freddy Mills and Michael Trucco as Luke Leone are likely to make recurring appearances in Season 2, further adding depth and intrigue to the series. Additionally, it was also reported that Zach Tinker had joined the cast in an undisclosed capacity.
Moreover, back in March 2023, it was announced that Rebecca Mader and Kanoa Goo would be cast in recurring roles.
Mader’s character, Faye, will also play a pivotal part in the storyline, with her serving as the leader of a private concierge firefighting company and developing both a professional and personal connection with Manny. Kanoa Goo will bring his talents to Fire Country as Kyle, an extremely fit swimmer who arrives to participate in a swim clinic. Kyle shares a familiar acquaintance with Gabriela and seems to take an interest in becoming Bode’s new romantic rival. While Gabriela sees Kyle as a trusted friend, his actions suggest that he might be attempting to win her heart.
At last, announcements of new cast members are still being made, and there is a chance more will be confirmed later. In addition to this, the series is produced by CBS Studios and Universal Television, with Thieriot, Tony Phelan, and Joan Rater serving as executive producers, among other crew members. As the anticipation builds for the upcoming season, fans can’t help but get excited about what lies ahead. Fans can expect nothing short of memorable performances from their beloved cast members, who have proven time and again their incredible talent and dedication to their work.
In order to guarantee authenticity in the show, Thieriot and the rest of the actors also contacted actual firemen, which is one example that showcases their love for the series. “We work with a bunch of different firefighters, from all over, with many years of experience,” the Point Break star told Collider in January 2023. “A couple of the guys that we have up here both have about 30 years. We really try to bring in as much of the authenticity as we possibly can. It’s always that fine line of telling these dramatic stories for television but also respecting the job that people do, and we try to keep those two things close.”
Fire Country Season 2 Official Episode Count: How many will be there, and where to stream?
The next season is anticipated to include at least 22 episodes, as it was meant to be consistent with its predecessor. We would like to point out that the official episode count may vary owing to the ongoing dual strikes, which might get extended until October 2023 if not concluded early, which may have prompted the makers of the show to slash the number of episodes by creating a shorter season with 15 to 18 episodes so that the season may air on the allotted schedule.
We would also like to highlight that the filming of the new season is speculated to be put on hold because of the ongoing strikes, which include WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes! Moreover, the chances of the network releasing details about the new episodes are minimal in order to avoid spoilers. So, there is no way that the network will be able to release any new promotional material along with the official titles and synopsis of the new episodes.
Diane Farr also spoke about the unpredictability of filming Season 2, quote, “We were supposed to be back at work in two weeks. It would be written and done now,” told The Messenger. She added that the strike could also impact the episode count, “We were supposed to go back and do 22 [episodes], which would take us through the whole season, but when we go back later, they won’t air new stuff in the summer because everybody’s vacationing. We may only get 18 episodes of Fire Country or 12.”
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Fire Country Season 2 Official Trailer: Is it available?
As stated above, the network hasn’t released any new promos for the second season as filming hasn’t yet commenced, leaving a lot of time for the official marketing to begin, which usually begins a month or two before the premiere. We’ll just have to wait and see what the next few months have in store for us in relation to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, as everything concerning the filming status is also neither here nor there!
Due to this, we are certain that no new promos will be released anytime soon. In the meantime, check out the official trailer for Fire Country Season 1 (below), which has received a fairly mixed reception. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 50% approval rating with an average rating of 4.3/10, based on 8 critic reviews. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 55 out of 100 based on 5 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews.”
When released, Fire Country Season 2, will be available on the CBS app and website and later on Paramount Plus. The first season is also available to stream on FuboTV, depending on viewers’ locations. The show is also available to rent or buy on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, and Vudu, with preferred membership plans that the users can choose. Internationally, the series premiered in Australia on Network 10. Whereas in New Zealand, the series airs on TVNZ 2.
In the meantime, we urge the readers to check out the official trailer for Fire Country Season 1 to recall what has happened in the series so far in case you haven’t been able to stream the show.
Catch up on all the prior episodes on CBS while you wait for more Fire Country Season 2 information on Web