When will the beloved show return for another round? Here is everything we know so far about Fire Country Season 2.
After watching the first season finale episode’s massive cliffhanger, fans are wondering what the current status of the cherished series has been since the first season ended earlier this year, which has caused fans to speculate what’s in store for Bode Donovan as the battle for survival will reach unprecedented heights! To say the least, it will be interesting to see how the story of these special characters and their journey will be continued for another season.
Hence, if you want to know everything about the next chapter, then we can assure you that you have reached the right place to get all your answers about the potential release date of the much-anticipated second season, which we definitely think is going to captivate the audience once again, just like the prior episodes were able to do so with so much potential! So, it’s time to buckle up and get ready to know all about CBS’s Fire Country Season 2.
Fire Country Season 2 Renewal Status: When was it approved by CBS?
The show was greenlit for a second season earlier this year on January 6, 2023, and it is not surprising that the show got approved for another chapter this early on as the show’s overall reception speaks for itself! The rating reflects the strength of the show, which has averaged 8 million viewers per episode, making it the top new broadcast series of the season. With live +35-day multi-platform viewing, more than 10 million viewers an episode have watched the procedural across linear and streaming platforms.
“It’s pretty remarkable to see a new series resonate like this with both broadcast and streaming audiences right out of the gate,” said Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment. Further adding, “Fire Country has so many appealing entry points for the audience. It combines high-stakes action with small-town charm, mystery, 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.”
Check out the official Twitter handle of CBS, where the official renewal announcement was confirmed among its followers, quoting, “This story’s not done yet. #FireCountry has officially been renewed for season 2!’ Take a look at the official post below:
— CBS (@CBS) January 6, 2023
Fire Country Season 2 Expected Release Date: Will it premiere in 2023 or not?
As of writing this, we want to get straight across the point that the official release date for Fire Country Season 2 has not been confirmed by CBS! We know that the fans were excited to see Bode Donovan once again as he hopes to redeem himself by volunteering for the California Conservation Camp Program, in which prisoners assist the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Sadly, all this cheerful news was short-lived, as the previously hinted schedule for Fire Country Season 2 has undergone some major changes!
Yes, you heard it right—the primetime schedule, which was expected to begin for the fall of the 2023–2024 television season, with September being the best release window with new episodes airing every Friday at 9/8c on CBS and Paramount Plus, just like the first season might be going off script this year, as it’s very likely that the show won’t be able to premiere on the approved schedule which was earlier set of this year.
The main reason for such major changes in the fall schedule is the ongoing 2023 Writers Guild of America strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, which doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon and has caused a major halt in script writing and production, which usually begins in the summer season, with August being the usual filming slot if the network wants to air the new season in the fall. Hence, right now, it’s safe to say that the show might 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 that the network might be considering skipping the entirety of the 2023–24 fall premiere by approving the release window for some time around 2024, just like ABC Network did by rescheduling all the scripted series until next year by keeping the remaining schedule for this year filled with non-scripted shows, which usually includes reality shows that don’t require any writers or actors. So, there is still a chance that the network might decide to publish its revised release dates in order to avoid further confusion in the coming weeks.
Moreover, the latest report by Deadline states CBS already seems to be taking crucial measures and might have started to look at alternative dates for the release of these popular shows. George Cheeks, President and CEO of CBS and Chief Content Officer, stated during a keynote at Banff moderated by Deadline’s Peter White, “We wanted to build our schedule for when the world goes back to normal.” “Once we had done that, once we locked it in, we spent a lot of time focusing on what it was going to look like.” He elaborated that a revised CBS fall scheduling plan is expected to be revealed soon. “First of all, obviously it’s going to be very reality-heavy,” he said.
In conclusion, it’s not farfetched to assume that the content of the CBS fall schedule can be changed as production is assumed to resume later this year, which makes the chances of the show’s official return with a new season sometime later in 2023 seem very minimal! It can eventually premiere sometime in early to mid-2024, which will be confirmed later. Until then, this is only a prediction that 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 probable release date, which will ultimately be acknowledged.
Fire Country Season 2 Plot: What can the viewers expect from the new season?
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) serves as the inspiration for the premise of the CBS television series, which has an entirely creative storyline. 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, where the show is set.
In order to ensure authenticity, Thieriot and the rest of the actors also contacted actual firemen. “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.”
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!
Also, check out the official promo for the final episode of Fire Country Season 1, and let us know what you hope will be covered in the next season in the comments.
Fire Country Season 2 Cast: Who will return in the new season?
The main cast members of the series who are expected to reprise their roles in the second season 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. Later, it was reported that Zach Tinker had joined the cast in an undisclosed capacity.
Moreover, in March 2023, it was announced that Rebecca Mader and Kanoa Goo would be cast in recurring roles. 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.
— Fire Country (@FireCountryCBS) April 14, 2023
Fire Country Season 2 Episodes: Has the official count been reduced?
The next season is anticipated to include at least 22 episodes, and it is meant to be consistent with its predecessor. We would like to point out that the official episode count may vary owing to the ongoing strike, 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 SAG-AFTRA, otherwise known as the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, joining the WGA, or the Writers Guild of America. 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 episode. On the other hand, if the readers want to receive updates on any changes and when the show premieres on the respective streaming platforms, they can also enable notifications on the respective platforms.
When released, Fire Country Season 2, along with prior episodes, will be available on the CBS app and website (After broadcast) and later on Paramount Plus. The first season is also available to stream on FuboTV, depending on viewers’ locations, like many CBS series. The show might also be available to rent or buy on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, and Vudu, depending on the preferred membership plans that the users can choose from.
— Fire Country (@FireCountryCBS) July 5, 2023
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 Writers Guild of America strike along with 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.”
While you wait for more updates on Fire Country Season 2, catch up with the previous episodes, which are now available to stream