‘Cal Fire’ Drama on the Way From CBS

by Anna Dunn

A new series about California firefighters, Cal Fire, is coming to CBS. The drama is from SEAL Team star Max Thieriot as well as Grey’s Anatomy alums Tony Phelan and Joan Rater. Additionally, the series is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer television.

California has taken the brunt of some horrific wildfires in recent years. The show will be inspired by Thieriot’s time growing up in fire country in Northern California. Thieriot came up with the idea for the show and penned the series with Tony Phelan and Joan Rater.

According to Deadline, the show will follow a prisoner who is seeking a shorter prison sentence. Young convict Bode Donovan joins a team that brings him back to his hometown. Donovan, along with other inmates, fight incredibly dangerous fires alongside an elite firefighting team.

The Team Behind ‘Cal Fire’ Has a lot of History with CBS

Thieriot currently stars as Clay Spenser on SEAL Team, which just made the move from CBS to Paramount +. He’s also been in A&E’s Bates Motel as well as History’s mini-series Texas Rangers. His most notable film roles include performances in House at the End of the Street, Disconnect, and Point Break.

It’s unclear how this will affect Theiriot’s role on SEAL Team or if he’ll act as well as produce.

Phelan and Rater, who are a husband and wife duo, also have impressive resumes. The two created the CBS Drama, Doubt, co-ran seven seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, and created NBC’s Council of Dads.

Production Jerry Bruckheimer TV is behind multiple successful CBS dramas. The production company was behind the return of CSI, CSI: Vegas, which is airing new episodes this year.

Dramas About First Responders are a Priority for CBS

This is not the only drama about first responders getting greenlit by CBS. If you look at the network’s roster, its primetime slots are chalked full of police procedurals and first responder dramas. For instance, NCIS: Los Angeles star Eric Christian Olsen also recently got a series, Rescue: MIA, greenlit by the network.

Currently, CBS is airing multiple procedural dramas. With but NCIS and its spinoffs and the FBI franchise as well as shows like Blue Bloods and SWAT, it’s clear that the network is really leaning into the genre.

CBS also plays host to multiple popular reality TV shows. Survivor season 41 is currently airing with season 42 coming in March. Big Brother is also a huge pull for the network, with season three of Celebrity Big Brother airing in February.

If all goes smoothly, Cal Fire and Rescue: MIA will likely premiere next year with no official casting yet. It’s unclear what shows they’ll replace, and what shows we’ll have to say goodbye to this year to make room for new ones.