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In Apple TV+’s City on Fire, which hails from government producers and showrunners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, a suburban teenager should unravel the thriller of his good friend’s homicide after she’s shot in Central Park on Fourth of July in 2003.

The collection, which is ready for a Could 12 premiere, is predicated on the novel of the identical title that takes place in Seventies New York — a time of extreme monetary disaster and widespread panic within the metropolis as a consequence of a string of shootings (often called the Son of Sam murders). The present jumps ahead in time to a different interval of uncertainty in New York post-9/11.

“We felt like, whereas a captivating interval, [that era is] nicely trodden territory. We have been actually eager about that post-9/11, Occupy Wall Avenue [era] in New York. Clearly, the guide culminates within the blackout of ’77. There was an enormous blackout in 2003. So creatively, that storyline lined up. But additionally thematically, 1977 was a time when individuals weren’t certain that our metropolis was going to outlive. Put up-9/11 New York, individuals had the identical issues, the identical fears,” Schwartz stated throughout AppleTV+’s Tv Critics Affiliation panel on Wednesday.

Regardless of the time distinction, the story stays largely the identical. Samantha (performed by Chase Sui Wonders) is alone when she dies, and there aren’t any witnesses and little or no bodily proof. Her pals’ band is enjoying her favourite downtown membership however she leaves to satisfy somebody, promising to return. She by no means does. Because the crime in opposition to Samantha is investigated, she’s revealed to be the essential connection between a collection of mysterious citywide fires, the downtown music scene, and a rich uptown actual property household fraying beneath the pressure of the numerous secrets and techniques they preserve. 

Wyatt Oleff performs Charlie, a good friend of Samantha’s who’s struggling to deal with the loss of life of his father on 9/11 two years earlier. After she is shot, he stops at nothing to uncover the thriller of what occurred.

The punk scene in downtown New York performs an enormous half within the novel, and fortuitously the early aughts have been one other palpable time for music within the metropolis, as Schwartz defined. “That’s when rock and roll obtained reinvented or saved, nonetheless you need to put it, within the downtown New York music scene. A whole lot of these artists are featured within the present, and now we have a fictional band within the present…which was an endeavor to create the very best band from the early aughts you’ve by no means heard earlier than.”

City on Fire is produced by Apple Studios for Apple TV+. Schwartz and Savage wrote all eight episodes and function showrunners and government producers beneath Pretend Empire. Jesse Peretz directs 4 episodes and serves as government producer. Pretend Empire’s Lis Rowinski serves as co-executive producer.

The collection additionally stars Jemima Kirke, Nico Tortorella, Ashley Zukerman, Xavier Clyde, Max Milner, Alexandra Doke, Omid Abtahi, Kathleen Munroe and John Cameron Mitchell. It should debut on AppleTV+ on Could 12.

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