City on Fire (TV series)

From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia

City on Fire
GenreCrime drama
Created by
Based onCity on Fire
by Garth Risk Hallberg
ComposerJason Hill
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producers
Running time46–57 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkApple TV+
ReleaseMay 12 (2023-05-12) –
June 16, 2023 (2023-06-16)

City on Fire is an American crime drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, based on the novel of the same name by Garth Risk Hallberg. It aired from May 12 to June 16, 2023 on Apple TV+.[1] In August 2023, the series was canceled after one season.[2]


After Samantha Yeung was shot in Central Park, New York City on July 4, 2003, the investigation into her shooting reveals the crucial connection between a series of mysterious city-wide fires, the downtown music scene, and a wealthy uptown real estate family fraying under the strain of the many secrets they keep.




On June 30, 2021, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage were set to write and serve as showrunners for an 8-episode TV series adaptation of Garth Risk Hallberg's novel City on Fire, with Schwartz, Savage and Lis Rowinski producing the series through Fake Empire. Apple TV+ was set to distribute the series.[3] On October 29, 2021, Jesse Peretz was set to direct the first 2 episodes and to also produce the series.[4] City on Fire aired from May 12 to June 16, 2023 on Apple TV+.[1] On August 3, 2023, Apple TV+ canceled the series after one season.[2]


On October 29, 2021, Wyatt Oleff was cast.[4] On January 19, 2022, Chase Sui Wonders joined the cast.[5] Additional casting was announced in March 2022.[6]


Filming for the series began by April 2022 under the working title Brass Tactics.[7]


No.TitleDirected by [8]Teleplay by [9]Original release date [10]
1"We Have Met the Enemy, and He Is Us"Jesse PeretzJosh Schwartz & Stephanie SavageMay 12, 2023 (2023-05-12)
2"Scenes from Private Life"Jesse PeretzJosh Schwartz & Stephanie SavageMay 12, 2023 (2023-05-12)
3"The Family Business"Haifaa al-MansourJosh Schwartz & Stephanie SavageMay 12, 2023 (2023-05-12)
4"Land of a Thousand Dances"Haifaa al-MansourJosh Schwartz & Stephanie SavageMay 19, 2023 (2023-05-19)
5"Brass Tactics"Liz GarbusJosh Schwartz & Stephanie SavageMay 26, 2023 (2023-05-26)
6"Annus Horriblis"Liz GarbusJosh Schwartz & Stephanie SavageMay 31, 2023 (2023-05-31)
7"The Demon Brother"Jesse PeretzJosh Schwartz & Stephanie SavageJune 9, 2023 (2023-06-09)
8"In the Dark"Jesse PeretzJosh Schwartz & Stephanie SavageJune 16, 2023 (2023-06-16)


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 39% approval rating with an average rating of 5.0/10, based on 23 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Spread thinly across run-of-the-mill characters in an unconvincing setting, City on Fire is akin to getting doused with a cold bucket of water."[11] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 45 out of 100 based on 10 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[12]


  1. ^ a b O'Rourke, Ryan (January 18, 2023). "First 'City on Fire' Images Reveal an Adaptation that Burns Bright". Collider. Archived from the original on April 25, 2023. Retrieved August 4, 2023.
  2. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (August 3, 2023). "'City On Fire' Canceled By Apple After One Season". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on August 4, 2023. Retrieved August 4, 2023.
  3. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 30, 2021). "Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage Set 'City on Fire' TV Series at Apple". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 28, 2021. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (June 30, 2021). "'City On Fire': Wyatt Oleff To Star In Apple TV+ Series, Jesse Peretz To Direct". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 31, 2021. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  5. ^ Otterson, Joe (January 19, 2022). "'City On Fire' Series at Apple Casts Chase Sui Wonders (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on February 14, 2022. Retrieved January 28, 2022.
  6. ^ "'City On Fire': Jemima Kirke, Nico Tortorella, Ashley Zukerman, Xavier Clyde Among 9 Cast In Apple Series". 30 March 2022. Archived from the original on 2022-04-09. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  7. ^ "Now Casting: The New Apple TV+ Series 'Brass Tactics' Needs Background Talent + 3 More Gigs". Archived from the original on 2022-03-24. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  8. ^ Mirjalili, Fatemeh (February 4, 2023). "City On Fire: Release Date, Cast, And More For The Streaming Adaptation Of The Acclaimed Novel". /Film. Archived from the original on March 2, 2023. Retrieved March 2, 2023.
  9. ^ "City On Fire". Writers Guild of America West. Archived from the original on October 7, 2022. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  10. ^ "Apple TV+ to Premiere "City on Fire," Latest Series from Creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, on Friday, May 12, 2023". The Futon Critic. January 18, 2023. Archived from the original on August 5, 2023. Retrieved January 18, 2023.
  11. ^ "City on Fire: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 31, 2023.
  12. ^ "City on Fire: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved May 21, 2023.

External links[edit]