Max Thieriot grew up in Northern California and was passionate about firefighters. While starring in “Seal Team,” he began writing “Fire Country,” a drama that follows a young convict who joins a firefighter program to get out of prison to help out in wildfires. Things get more complicated when Bode Donovan (Thieriot) is sent to work in his hometown.
“It certainly started with a pure CalFire viewpoint of firefighting and what that would look like, but the inmate firefighting program was always something that would be incorporated into the show,” he says diversity. “Because I grew up in Northern California, it was a normal part of my everyday life to see conservation camp crews working along the freeway and on the rotating fire lines. Then I realized that people who aren’t from up there didn’t really know this was a thing a few years ago.”
He also promises that the CBS show, which focuses heavily on locals in Bode’s hometown and his immediate family, will also share the backstories of some of the other inmates.
“Our starting point is really to unpack his story there and his story with all the people in this city,” says Thieriot. “Then the plan is to open up into a lot of these evolving character storylines.”
The show’s large cast of series regulars and returning cast members makes it “difficult,” Thieriot says, because “there’s only a limited number of storylines that we can really cater to.” Examine inmates.”
Cop shows were the rave for years; Now it appears to be shifting into firefighting programs. Fox has 9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star, NBC has Chicago Fire, ABC has Station 19 — and now CBS has Fire Country. It makes sense to Thieriot.
“In general, people honor firefighters as heroes no matter what. For me it is also anti-political. There aren’t many people who can stand up to firefighters,” he says. “The acting is different. I think in entertainment, people often want to feel good at the end of something. I don’t say all the time you want to be shocked, you want a hook, you want all of those things. But I think it’s a nice, uplifting feeling to have that kind of positive message all the time.”
Thieriot adds that it’s important to see the “compassionate people” who work as firefighters on screen right now.
“It’s nice these days, especially at a time when the world and our country are unfortunately still quite divided. My biggest goal, and what I hope people will take away from this show, is to see two different groups of people — these inmate firefighters and your worker firefighters on the land — come together with one goal, one purpose,” he adds added.
“I’m hoping that people will just subliminally take some of that away and maybe just not judge people in general.”
“Fire Country” premieres Friday, October 7 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.