Nana Visitor To Star In New Michael Piller SeriesBy Christian
March 28, 2005 - 9:06 PM
Cable channel ABC Family has greenlit production on Wildfire, a new one-hour drama series starring Nana Visitor (Kira Nerys), and written by former DS9 and Voyager co-creator Michael Piller.
Wildfire revolves around Kris, an 18 year-old girl, played by Genevieve Cortese, who after spending time in a teenage detention center is sent to live with a foster family on a ranch. While there, she discovers a special talent for working with horses, in particular the racehorse after whom the show is named, Wildfire. Nana Visitor will be playing Jean Ritter, Kris' foster mother, who besides taking care of Kris is also fighting to save her ranch from financial ruin.
According to the Daily Variety (via NanaVision), the series was first developed by Michael Piller as a possible series for the WB, but after the network turned that down he reworked it into a two-hour telemovie for ABC family. Upon seeing the final film, ABC Family executives were apparently so enthusiastic that they decided to turn Wildfire back into a full drama series, so they ordered an additional 11 episodes for a full cable season order of 13 episodes.
Wildfire will be the first regular role on a television series for Nana Visitor after the end of Deep Space Nine. She had a recurring role on the first season of Dark Angel, and has made guest appearances on shows such as According To Jim and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Michael Piller, meanwhile, has been keeping busy as the executive producer of cable series The Dead Zone.
Wildfire is scheduled to premiere on the 20th of June on ABC Family. More information on the series can be found in the full ABC Family press release over at the Futon Critic, while a photo of the cast and main creative crew can be found here at NanaVision.