In what sounds like a reverse ripped-from-the-headlines plot, a drama about the aftermath of a police shooting involving a black officer and a white teenager in a small Tennessee town has been green-lit by Fox.
Shots Fired, a short event series, reunites Sanaa Lathan with Love & Basketball director Gina Prince-Bythewood, along with her husband, Reggie Rock Bythewood. Lathan’s character is an investigator who is sent to the town by the Department of Justice to work with a special prosecutor. The two of them go on a journey to help bring calm and justice to a town that’s in the middle of a race war.
“Gina and Reggie have crafted a profoundly moving portrayal of a timely and sensitive issue that pervades our culture at this very moment,” said Avid Madden, Fox Broadcasting Co.’s president of Entertainment, in a press release. “This is not only an important story to tell, but also an explosive mystery-thriller, and we couldn’t be in better hands, both with the creative team behind this, along with the very talented Sanaa Lathan leading the cast.”
The series will debut on Fox in 2016.