Earlier this year, we reported that Fox was developing a television drama starring Sanaa Lathan about a police officer killing a teenager in small-town Tennessee. Well, the network has officially greenlit the show as a limited event series, called Shots Fired.
The production will reunite Lathan with her Love & Basketball director Gina Prince-Bythewood and Empire executive producer Brian Grazer, and is set for a 2016 premiere, she confirmed via Twitter. "Yessss! Gonna be hot. Coming to your living rooms 2016," she wrote.
The series delves into the dangerous aftermath of racial shootings in small-town Tennessee, involving an African American police officer killing a white teen. Lathan will play a D.C. investigator deep in the trenches of the case, sent to the town by the Department of Justice. Public debate and social unrest come with the territory, as she seeks justice in a town being torn apart by the terrors of brutality.
With police shootings all over the news, it seems the timing is right for Shots Fired. Hopefully the series will help get us towards a better understanding of the national crisis, as opposed to exploiting it for entertainment. With Lathan and Prince-Bythewood on board, especially, our bet is on the first scenario.
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