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'Wildfire' blazes a trail for ABC Family dramas



Published: Tue, August 16, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



KNIGHT RIDDER TRIBUNE

ABC Family has picked up a second season of its drama "Wildfire," which has made a fairly decent splash for the network in its first try at scripted drama.

The show, which stars Genevieve Cortese as a former juvenile inmate restarting her life on a ranch, is set to go back into production this fall. Season two will consist of 13 episodes, one more than its inaugural run.

"We are thrilled to be renewing 'Wildfire,'" network president Paul Lee says. "'Wildfire' has done tremendously well for us, drawing in key demos week after week and serving as a great launching pad for [fellow freshman series] 'Beautiful People.' Gen Cortese is fabulous in the lead -- our audiences just love this show."

"Wildfire," which airs at 8 p.m. ET Mondays, is drawing a shade under 2 million viewers per week -- nearly double what ABC Family averaged for the same time period a year ago. It's also delivered a surge in ratings for the cable channel's target audience of teenagers and adults 18-34.

The series also stars Dennis Weaver ("McCloud"), Greg Serano ("Kingpin," "Legally Blonde"), Nana Visitor ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine") and Micah Alberti ("All My Children"). It's produced by Lions Gate TV.




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