ABC Family's first original scripted series, WILDFIRE, premiered June 20, 2005 to rave reviews. The production introduced Genevieve Cortese in an ensemble cast featuring such notables as Dennis Weaver and Nana Visitor.
The drama set in the world of horse racing began with a two-hour movie followed by 11 one-hour episodes airing consecutive Mondays at 8:00 ET/PT. The series, produced by Lions Gate Television in association with Piller˛ and The Segan Company, centers on the struggles of a teenage girl (gifted newcomer Genevieve Cortese) to turn her life around. The film also stars veteran actor Dennis Weaver ("McCloud"), Nana Visitor (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”), Greg Serano (“Kingpin”) and Micah Alberti ("All My Children").
WILDFIRE follows eighteen-year-old Kris Furillo (Cortese) who, after serving time at a juvenile detention center, is given the opportunity to start a new life. Her talent with horses is recognized by a volunteer and local trainer (Serano), who arranges a job for her at the Ritter's family run ranch. Thrown into a completely new environment, Kris must learn to deal with the challenges of fitting in, while trying not to disappoint the one family willing to give her a chance. The Ritters are facing challenges of their own even as they reach out to help Kris. The family patriarch Henry (Weaver) and his daughter Jean Ritter (Visitor) are in a critical stage of their battle to save the ranch from financial ruin.
Rounding out the ensemble cast are Nicole Tubiola, Andrew Hoeft, Ryan Sypek, James Read, Joe Lando and Debrah Farentino.
WILDFIRE is executive produced by Michael Piller (“The Dead Zone,” "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: Voyager") Lloyd Segan (“The Dead Zone,” "The Bachelor," "Boondock Saints," "Bones"), and Marjorie David (“Millennium,” “Chicago Hope,” “Dark Angel”). Steve Miner (“Dawson’s Creek,” “Smallville”), Shawn Piller (“The Dead Zone,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Voyager”) and Sandy Isaac (“Wild Card,” “Thieves,” “Jack & Jill”) are co-executive producers. The two-hour pilot, which kicked off the series, was produced by Preston Fischer ("Las Vegas," "Living With The Dead") and directed by Steve Miner from a teleplay by Michael Piller and Shawn Piller and story by Michael Piller and Christopher Teague.