CBS Orders Convicted California Firefighter Drama Pilot From ‘SEAL Team’ Star, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Alums

CBS has given a pilot order to a drama about convicts fighting California wildfires.

Titled “Cal Fire,” the potential series focuses on young convict Bode Donovan. Seeking redemption and a shortened sentence, he joins a firefighting program that brings him back to his small Northern California hometown, where he and other inmates work alongside elite firefighters to extinguish huge fires in the area.

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“SEAL Team” star Max Thieriot co-wrote the pilot’s story and serves as executive producer. The show is inspired by his experiences growing up in Northern California fire country. Tony Phelan and Joan Rater also co-wrote the story in addition to writing the teleplay. They will also be executive producers. Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed of Jerry Bruckheimer Television will also serve as executive producers. CBS Studios will produce.

Phelan and Rater are perhaps best known for their work on “Grey’s Anatomy,” on which they rose to co-showrunner status before leaving the show after its tenth season. They are also known for shows such as ‘Madame la secretary’, ‘Doubt’ and ‘Council of Dads’. They are replaced by UTA and Myman Greenspan.

Thieriot currently stars in “SEAL Team,” which was recently renewed for a sixth season at Paramount Plus after airing its first four seasons on CBS. He also directed two episodes of this series and an episode of “Bates Motel”, in which he also starred. “Cal Fire” would mark his first time writing for television.

He is replaced by Gersh and McKuin Frankel Whitehead.

California is actually using inmates to help fight wildfires, a program that has been in place for decades. According to the state, approximately 1,600 inmates were stationed at various fire camps as of May 2021. The program has been the subject of controversy in recent years, as those who participate in the program find it very difficult to apply for firefighter positions after their release. . The state recently passed a law that may allow ex-convicts to have their criminal records expedited, giving them a better chance of getting hired, but obstacles remain.

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