'Wildfire' Season 4 Begins Tonight
'Wildfire' Season 4 Begins Tonight
ABC Family's horse racing drama Wildfire is returning with brand-new episodes tonight, kicking off the new year with the fourth season opener called "The More Things Change."  Tonight's episode is the first half of a two-parter that will conclude next Monday, January 28.

In "The More Things Change, part 1," Kris (Genevieve Cortese) is still banned from Raintree after participating in an illegal race six months ago.  Raintree has gone through significant operational changes, which makes Matt (Micah Alberti) long for the past.

Meanwhile, Dani (Nicole Tubiola) is busy with a new business venture, and Junior (Ryan Sypek) contemplates about an important personal decision.

After tonight's broadcast, only seven more episodes of Wildfire will air, after which ABC Family's new reality series, America's Prom Queen, will debut.  Prom Queen will run through April 21, after which the last five installments of Wildfire will hit the screen.

Wildfire's roaring back with a great story arc that builds to a cliffhanger in March, and then after a mid-season break, it will return in April for a climax that will not disappoint our many fans,” ABC Family president Paul Lee said in a statement last month.

Wildfire made its debut in 2005.  Since then, it has ranked as the network's second-highest original series in terms of total viewers, drawing an average of 1.6 million viewers for its premiere showings.  It's also the network's second most-watched scripted series among adults 18-49 and women 18-49.

In previewing the show's fourth season, Cortese said that the characters have not only matured, but also at a “different place in their lives,” so much so that in the end, “they're going to find more of a resolve.”

As for her onscreen alter-ego, Cortese said that fans will get “a lot of conflict with Kris, especially in the first six episodes. Its similar [to the] conflicts [she experienced] when she first got back to Raintree [because] she has to be reintroduced, but at the same time she's at a different point in her life.”

Catch the fourth season premiere of Wildfire tonight, airing at 9/8c on ABC Family.

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: ABC Family, TV Guide
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