Apple orders 'City on Fire,' drama from 'OC' and 'Gossip Girl' creators

063021 Apple Orders City On Fire
063021 Apple Orders City On Fire (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple TV+ has made a series order for City on Fire.
  • The series is helmed by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.

Apple TV+ has announced a new series order for City on Fire, a new drama series based on the novel by Garth Risk Hallberg that goes by the same name. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, best known for their work on Gossip Girl, The OC, and Looking for Alaska, will write and executive produce the series.

The eight-episode season will tell the story of Samantha Cicciaro's shooting and the fallout and mystery that follows.

In "City on Fire," an NYU student is shot in Central Park on the Fourth of July, 2003. Samantha Cicciaro is alone; there are no witnesses and very little physical evidence. Her friends' band is playing her favorite downtown club but she leaves to meet someone, promising to return. She never does. As the crime against Samantha is investigated, she's revealed to be the crucial connection between a series of mysterious citywide fires, the downtown music scene, and a wealthy uptown real estate family fraying under the strain of the many secrets they keep.

The series is the first under the first-look deal between Apple Studios and Fake Empire Productions.

"City on Fire" marks the first series order to hail from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's first-look deal with Apple under their Fake Empire Productions banner. Schwartz and Savage will write all eight episodes and will serve as showrunners and executive producers under Fake Empire. Fake Empire's Lis Rowinski will serve as co-executive producer.

It's currently unclear who will star in City on Fire or when the series will premiere on Apple TV+. If you want to enjoy Apple's streaming service in the best quality possible, check out our list of the Best TVs for Apple TV 2021.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.