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City of Fire: Apple Studios orders drama from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage

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Apple has given a series order for City on Fire, a new drama inspired by the acclaimed novel of the same name by Garth Risk Hallberg. The series is written and executive produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl, Looking for Alaska, The OC), the eight-episode first season of the series will make its global debut on Apple TV+.

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.

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.

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