Sanaa Lathan Fox Series

Fox Orders to Series Racially Charged Drama About Small-Town Shootings

Fox has found inspiration in real-life current events, handing a formal series order to Shots Fired, an event series about racially charged shootings in a small town.

Co-created by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball) and Reggie Rock Bythewood (Notorious), the timely drama stars Sanaa Lathan (Love & Basketball) as an expert investigator digging into a series of shootings in a small Tennessee town. Alongside a special prosecutor sent to the town by the Department of Justice, she must navigate the media attention, public debate and social unrest that comes with such volatile cases, as the pair seeks justice before the divided town erupts.

“Gina and Reggie have crafted a profoundly moving portrayal of a timely and sensitive issue that pervades our culture at this very moment,” Fox entertainment president David Madden said in a statement. “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.”

Prince-Bythewood and Bythewood will pen the script and executive-produce with Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo.

Shots Fired will debut sometime in 2016. Will you be tuning in?

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19 Comments
  1. Drew says:

    I will be interested in seeing how this turns out. If they are true to real life (in most cases), the media and politicians will be playing up the racial elements while the facts of the case are far less racial.
    But judging by the fact that they’re going with a small southern town, I’m guessing that it will be filled with cliches and stereotypes.

  2. Ramon says:

    By the time Fox finishes interfering, all the white characters will be angels and all POC demonized with questionable, at best, humanity.

  3. Dave says:

    American Crime is calling to ask for its ideas back.

    • Mike M says:

      Good lord it’s almost word for word the AC description. Remakes are numerous (and generally bad) enough, but at least they have (until now) waited until a show ended.

    • Eric H says:

      Immediately what I thought of when reading the description.

    • Lucifer says:

      You are aware that American Crime is not the first TV show or movie to do a plot like this, right? The only reason we’re seeing so many projects involving racial issues coming out of the woodwork is because the studios and networks are trying to profit off of the real-life racial tension in America.

  4. N says:

    No thanks……I can watch the news

    • Mike M says:

      But America NEEDS all the sensationalism about shooting people it can get right now! News? TV program? What does it matter so long as there are shootings involved so everyone can watch while they clean their guns and reload.

  5. Bill says:

    More liberal propaganda

  6. Diz says:

    So it will be preempted every 2-3 weeks because of likeness not to offend whatever real current catastrophe is going on at the time?

  7. Boiler says:

    Bones has to come back as the crap advertised from FOX looks ridiculous. This all we need…not

  8. Annie says:

    Cool. I hope the network doesn’t get too involved with the show and start caring about the feelings of white people and force the show to be all #AllLivesMatter. (I’m white)

  9. Marie says:

    I didn’t watch ‘Wicked City.’ But this feels like a bad idea considering that failure.

  10. Temperance says:

    So this will air three times and then get pulled every couple weeks for the various shootings. Why bother? Besides, the premise is a total ‘no go’ from the start. We already get enough of that in real life.