How the CBS drama introduced Morena Baccarin for a possible spinoff series

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This story contains plot points from Friday’s episode of Fire Country on CBS.
Morena Baccarin made her debut as deputy sheriff Mickey on Fire Country — a role that could lead to a spinoff series if the TV (or CBS) Gods deem it worthy.
Mickey and Sharon have been estranged, but the women use the episode to heal old wounds.
Sharon also leans on Mickey for support when she learns that Bode is not the father of Cara’s daughter, Genevieve.
“She’s grown up here in a very real sense, the community saved her when her parents ran into trouble early on.
Friday’s episode is not considered a backdoor pilot; the project is expected to go through another development stage before a potential series order would be made.
And CBS President and CEO George Cheeks hinted at the possibility of a Fire Country spinoff during a conversation with Deadline’s Peter White last June at the Banff World Media Festival.
Now let’s start talking about ideas for new extensions.’ They’ve already come up with some great ones.”


NOTE: This story contains plot points from the CBS episode of Fire Country that aired on Friday.

In Fire Country, Morena Baccarin made her debut as Mickey, the deputy sheriff. If the TV (or CBS) gods think it worthy, this character could potentially lead to a spinoff series.

Mickey, who is on the trail of a money launderer who dumps $50,000 in cash over the prisoners while they’re working in the woods, arrives in Edgewater via helicopter in the episode “Alert the Sheriff.”. Immediately, viewers discover that Mickey is not only Diane Farr’s step-sister, but also that she had a regrettable hand in locking up Bode (Max Thieriot), Sharon’s son, before he could enlist in the Cal Fire firefighting program.

The women utilize the episode to mend past hurts, despite the fact that Mickey and Sharon have been distant. When Sharon finds out that Bode is not the father of Cara’s daughter Genevieve, she too turns to Mickey for assistance. (Cara asked Bode to take care of the girl before she passed away in episode 5).

Joan Rater, who co-wrote the episode with Tony Phelan that Thieriot directed, explains, “Our backstory is that Mickey’s dad was an original resident [in Edgewater] and he got busted for growing weed.”. It would seem reasonable to us that a child who experiences such chaos at a young age would wish to keep chaos at bay at all costs. Order, rules, law, and order is what you would want to believe in. She enjoys order, and she is well-known in the community. It offers her a distinct viewpoint. “.

Phelan continues, “She’s someone who firmly believes in the law as a force against chaos and she deeply cares about this community because of her unique background.”. “She’s grown up here in a very real sense; the community pulled through for her when her parents had early problems. Therefore, I believe that a large part of her journey has been realizing her own strength and capacity to care for these people. “.

Phelan says it’s up to CBS and what their needs are going forward as to whether Baccarin will get her own series. It is anticipated that the project will go through another development phase before a potential series order would be made, so Friday’s episode is not regarded as a backdoor pilot.

The audience has responded to the concept of this small town and a small town where many residents are first responders, according to Phelan. “We think there are more stories to tell in Edgewater,” he says. “I believe that’s among the unique qualities of Fire Country. “.

Given that the drama ranked as the most watched new broadcast series last season, with an average of 8 million viewers per episode and 10 million in live+35 multi-platform viewing, CBS’ decision to investigate a Fire Country spinoff is not surprising. And in June of last year, at the Banff World Media Festival, CBS President and CEO George Cheeks made a suggestion regarding the potential for a Fire Country spinoff in an interview with Peter White of Deadline.

At the time, Cheeks stated, “We are focused on mass-appeal franchises.”. Fire Country, the season’s top program, is ideal for creating an entirely new universe. It quickly became apparent that not only was the program exceptional, but it also had the potential to be a fantastic illustration of how we could develop a franchise from the ground up. “Congratulations, guys—you guys got your back nine,” I exclaim. Let’s now discuss concepts for additional extensions. They have already thought of some really outstanding ones. “.

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