Fire Country Season 2 will be returning to CBS. Production on the new season was initially scheduled to get underway in Summer 2023. However, the Hollywood strikes have delayed filming. The good news is that CBS did confirm that the writers’ rooms for the series officially opened back up the first week of October. So, the new season is currently in the works.
Here’s what we know so far about what fans can expect from Fire Country Season 2. Spoilers ahead from the first season.
Fire Country Renewed for Season 2
Following the success of season one, Fire Country was given the green light for another season. The CBS show focuses on the world of firefighters, specifically a group of volunteer firefights from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The characters with diverse backgrounds include inmates who are appealing for leniency, dedicated volunteers, and veteran firefighters.
At the center of the story is Bode Donovan, also known as Bode Leone. Bode is a criminal with several legal troubles and is looking to reduce his prison sentence after getting convicted of armed robbery. He attempts to join the California Conservation Camp Program as a firefighter and when he returns, Bode sees the aftermath of his decisions. He is then faced with the challenge of rebuilding his life.
CBS renewed Fire Country for another season in January, ahead of the show’s release of episode nine of its first season.
“It’s pretty remarkable to see a new series resonate like this with both broadcast and streaming audiences right out of the gate,” said CBS Entertainment head Amy Reisenbach. “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.”
Fire Country Cast
There is the important question of who will be returning for Fire Country Season 2. The good news is that the cast from the first season is all expected to come back for the second.
This includes Max Thieriot as Bode Donovan, Billy Burke as Vince Leone, Kevin Alejandro as Manny Perez, Diane Farr as Sharon Leone, Stephanie Arcilla as Gabriella Perez, Jordan Calloway as Jake Crawford, and Jules Latimer as Eve Edwards. Other characters who are also expected to make appearances in season two are W. Tre Davis as Freddy Mills and Michael Trucco as Luke Leone.
Jade Pettyjohn, who plays Riley Leone, may also come back in season two, possibly in more flashbacks.
As for other returning faces, Rebecca Mader is confirmed to come back in season two as Faye, the leader of a private concierge firefighting company who develops both a professional and personal relationship with Manny. Alongside Mader is Kanoa Goo as Kyle, a swimmer who takes part in a swim clinic, and has a mutual acquaintance with Gabriella, potentially becoming Bode’s romantic rival.
Tia Napolitano is expected to stay as showrunner for Fire Country Season 2. Jerry Bruckheimer Television and CBS Studios will also be the production companies behind the show created by Tony Phelan, Joan Rater, and Thieriot based on a concept by Thieriot. Phelan, Rater, and Thieriot will stay as executive producers. Bruckheimer himself and KristieAnne Reed of Jerry Bruckheimer Television are also the show’s executive producers.
What Happened in Season 1
In season one of Fire Country, Bode and Gabriella finally act on their feelings for each other, but their happiness is short-lived as his drug test comes back positive. Bode dealt with an attorney who falsely accused him of smuggling drugs into Three Rock, and he chose to take the fall to overturn Freddy’s wrongful conviction.
Meanwhile, Jake deals with a surprising revelation by Cara, his girlfriend who is also Bode’s high school ex. Cara revealed her teen pregnancy and her uncertainty as to who the father really is. Sharon on the other hand, agreed to receive a kidney transplant from her brother-in-law Luke Leone, which brought him and Vince closer together.
Fire Country Season 2 Plot
With everything that happened in the first season, it’s safe to say Fire Country Season 2 might continue to address the questions fans may have. Season 2 may focus on Freddy’s determination to help Bode, while also exploring Bode’s experiences behind bars.
Bode’s parents may also deal with conflicting opinions on how to cope with this unexpected change in their lives. There’s also the matter of who the father of Cara’s baby is and if it’s Bode’s. The paternity reveal may also affect Bode’s blossoming relationship with Gabriella while creating tension between Jake and Cara. It would also make things awkward for Jake and Bode.
We’ll only have to wait and see until the show or CBS releases the season’s official synopsis.
For Fire Country Season 2, Alejandro and Thieriot may also be directing episodes as they did in season one. Alejandro directed the mid-season finale and has previously done four episodes of Lucifer, which he also appeared in. Thieriot also directed a Fire Country episode in the latter half of season one.
Goo, whose episode Thieriot directed, praised his co-star in an interview with CinemaBlend.
“He’s wonderful. I was really taken with how calm he was on set, and just how confident and honestly just loving. He was so, so, kind and so warm to everybody and I could tell that from my first episode. It makes a difference when the people running that are in charge and running things have that type of open energy to their cast and their crew,” said Goo.
Fire Country Season 2 Release Date News
Despite the success of Season 1, there’s no official release date yet. CBS usually debts new shows in the fall from mid-September to mid-October. However, the current SAG-AFTRA strike (and the WGA strike, which has now ended) have affected CBS’ scheduling. TV Guide has since reported that Fire Country, along with NCIS and The Equalizer, will be delayed. The new season was initially scheduled to start filming in Vancouver in Summer 2023.
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, we know that writing has begun on the second season. If production can start back up before the end of the year, it’s possible we could see Season 2 as early as Spring 2024.
Fire Country is broadcast on CBS Network but is also available on FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, and YouTube TV. The show’s episodes can be viewed in real-time on Paramount+ Premium and the CBS app. Those subscribed to Paramount+ will be able to watch the episodes a day after it airs.
Fans can rewatch the entire first season while also anticipating the possibility that Fire Country would expand beyond the show. There have been talks about Fire Country becoming a franchise in itself.
CBS head George Cheeks said the show “completely lends itself to building out a whole new universe.”