What attracts viewers to CBS’s rookie drama Hearth Nation like a moth to a flame? Nicely-drawn characters with every little thing to lose. Nail-biting motion. Thrilling sequences that put you on the heart of hazard. And a novel conceit: Two teams of brave hose-toting Northern California firefighters—the native Cal Hearth squad and the Three Rock inmates who’re a part of an unusual jail work-release program — battle blazes collectively to save lots of lives. It makes for first-responder broadcast TV at its greatest.
However there’s a secret sauce to the recognition of the highest new broadcast sequence of the season, which has gained its 9/8c time-slot towards different leisure programming each week since its October 7 debut — it’s the redemption story of Bode Donovan, performed by SEAL Group alum Max Thieriot. Working off a three- to five-year jail sentence with the squad, this prodigal son has reluctantly returned to his hometown, haunted by recollections that drove a wedge between him and his dad — who, alongside together with his mother, runs Cal Hearth — and his onetime greatest buddy, fireman Jake Crawford (Jordan Calloway).
Having lately been granted a second-season order for 2023–24, the sequence provides extra sizzle in time for Valentine’s Day: The love triangle between Bode, Jake, and Jake’s ex, beginner Cal Hearth member Gabriela Perez (Stephanie Arcila), is coming to a boil. Ever since Gabriela saved Bode from drowning within the January 6 episode — he later heroically carried her out of the forest — viewers have puzzled if “Bodiela” will catch hearth. And that’s hardly the one urgent query on a present the place the dangers are so excessive that one beloved character gained’t dwell to see the top of the season.
Love Is within the Air
The romantic warmth between Bode and Gabriela is unmistakable, because the January 29 episode makes plain. Not too long ago single after admitting she wasn’t utterly invested in her relationship with Jake, Gabriela has cautiously approached a bond with Bode. Jake, conscious of the closeness that’s been rising between Bode and his ex, is licking his wounds. Can he actually simply step away from the girl who introduced him out of his shell? “Jake’s going to offer a little bit of a battle,” Calloway says, smiling. “That’s a troublesome capsule for him to swallow.”
And whereas Gabriela desires to take issues slowly (“She’s being as emotionally clever as she will,” says Arcila), the center desires what it desires. “There’s this plain factor that Bode and Gabriela have been attempting to battle,” begins Thieriot, additionally a cocreator and government producer of the sequence, “however they’re shedding that wrestle. And he and Jake have been greatest mates. Can they overcome this? It’s all juicy stuff to cope with.”
Romance apart, a tragic reckoning is within the works. “Now we have life-or-death stakes baked into the present and we’ve been mild with the loss of life aspect of that coin,” says exec producer Tia Napolitano, who completely breaks the information that “We’re going to lose somebody who we love lots. It’ll come as an awesome shock.” Might a valiant mission to save lots of somebody or cease a blaze be accountable for the loss of life?
Not essentially: Bode’s hard-loving mom, devoted Cal Hearth division chief Sharon Leone (Diane Farr), is battling kidney failure. Bode is a donor match, however Sharon has informed her husband, Battalion 1508 Chief Vince (Billy Burke), she doesn’t need their son to surrender an important organ. Might another person emerge? “The potential roads to Sharon getting the kidney she must survive are going to be surprising, and the way we resolve that for her is a twist on a twist,” Napolitano teases.
That is an abbreviated model of TV Information Journal’s Hearth Nation cowl story. For extra on the sequence, in addition to the La Brea‘s return, the Tremendous Bowl, and extra, choose up the problem on newsstands Thursday, January 26.
Hearth Nation, Fridays, 9/8c, CBS (Particular episode airing Sunday, January 29, 10/9c or instantly following the AFC Championship Sport)