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‘City on Fire’ Series From Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage Ordered at Apple

Eight-episode drama is inspired by Garth Risk Hallberg’s 2015 novel

Apple TV+ has picked up a series adaptation of Garth Risk Hallberg’s 2015 debut novel “City on Fire,” the streamer announced Wednesday.

The eight-episode drama series, which comes from “The OC” and “Gossip Girl” duo Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, centers around the death of an NYU student who is shot in Central Park with no witnesses and very little physical evidence. Though Hallberg’s book was set around New Year’s Eve in the 1970s, the series adaptation will take place in 2003 around the Fourth of July.

Per the series description, “As the crime against Samantha is investigated, she’s revealed to be 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.”

Schwartz and Savage will write all eight episodes of the series and serve as showrunners and executive producers via their production company Fake Empire. Fake Empire’s Lis Rowinski will serve as co-executive producer.

The new project is the first ordered to series under Fake Empire’s first-look deal with Apple. Schwartz and Savage also currently produce the “Gossip Girl” reboot at HBO Max, as well as the CW dramas “Nancy Drew” and “Dynasty.”