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Sky On Fire - What We Know So Far

Political dramas are certainly nothing new on the TV landscape; from "The West Wing" to "House of Cards," there's always been an audience for differing takes on political intrigue. "Sky on Fire” represents yet another addition to that list. The series centers on an assassination attempt against the nation's first Latina president. What follows is a race to discover the people behind it and stop them before they can succeed.

"Sky on Fire" comes from Jake Coburn and Julie Plec, who worked together on the short-lived NBC series "The Endgame." Coburn also worked on the drama "Quantico." Coburn is writing the "Sky on Fire" pilot with Emilio Ortega Aldrich — the latter comes to the project after writing for CW standouts Supergirl and Arrow. This is Ortega Aldrich's first move into the realm of political dramas (via Deadline).

Plec is herself a familiar name to horror and sci-fi fans thanks to "The Vampire Diaries" and its subsequent spin-offs "The Originals" and "Legacies." The " Vampire Diaries" universe became a pop culture sensation with the debut of "Diaries" in 2009 and ended with the finale of "Legacies" in 2022 (via Decider).

Here's what we know about the upcoming series "Sky on Fire" so far.

What is Sky on Fire's release date?

There is no release date set for "Sky on Fire" as of October 2022. Initial news of a series order came in late 2021 — with NBC promoting it as a second order from the team. Since then, there has been little information available about its status. Neither Coburn, Plec, nor Ortega Aldrich has the project listed as part of their credits, a sign that it is far from a sure thing at this point.

The order is connected to NBC but the development process is happening at a pivotal time for its streaming service Peacock. The service has expanded into original content as well as on-demand options for popular NBC series. It's possible the project could move to Peacock, with on-demand after the network airing another strong option. Peacock has been on a quest to drive subscriber numbers by offering exclusive content. "It's really driven by the content...So all of our content that's on NBC, Bravo, our other channels for the first time in the next couple of weeks is coming to Peacock where it used to go to Hulu," NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said of their strategy (via TechCrunch).

Upcoming additions to the Peacock library include the anticipated series "Poker Face" from director Rian Johnson and the long-awaited "Community" film (via Deadline). Peacock additionally features new releases that help drive traffic for its content. Recent information places its subscriber base at 15 million after the service added more than 2 million subscribers in the third quarter of 2022.

Who stars in Sky on Fire's?

There have been no casting announcements as of October 2022. The series' current synopsis only mentions a female president as the lead character; other roles remain a mystery as the project winds its way through the development phase.

If past series are any indication, Plec and Coburn can draw a talented cast. "The Endgame" featured the pairing of Morena Baccarin and Ryan Michelle Bathe. Baccarin previously starred on the Showtime series "Homeland" as well as Fox's "Gotham." Michelle Bathe's credits extend to the CBS drama "All Rise" and NBC hit "This is Us."

Coburn's time as Executive Producer and writer on "Quantico" also gave him the chance to work with Priyanka Chopra Jonas. Her role in the series marked a major step for the actress. Its writing of a female lead as something more than a stereotype was a plus to Chopra Jonas. "Not just because of being the first time an Indian or South Asian actor was lead of a network show, but, more than that, because I was not put in the box, like the show wasn't My Big Fat Indian Wedding," the actress told Vanity Fair.

What is the plot of Sky on Fire?

"Sky on Fire" focuses on the US's first Latina president, Eva Ortiz. Described as a decorated war veteran, this groundbreaking leader faces an assassination attempt at the hands of an unknown assailant. Surviving is just the beginning for Ortiz, leading her on a quest to expose those behind it all. The story promises drama, mystery, and suspense with each episode.

Political dramas have found a following with viewers. "Designated Survivor" ranks as a recent addition to the category and has many of the same traits as "Fire." The series, which starred Keifer Sutherland, followed a Housing and Urban Development Secretary who becomes president after a deadly explosion. It amplified an appetite for the genre — seeing its first season reach 87% on Rotten Tomatoes.

While "Survivor" may feature a male star, the genre of political dramas is far from shying away from female leads. The leading role of Eva Ortiz is similar to dynamic women who have led series such as "Homeland," "Madam Secretary," and "Scandal."