‘Shots Fired’: FOX hits hard with political drama

After an unarmed white man is shot by an African-American policeman, the Justice Department opens an investigation. Uh oh.

But the investigator and special prosecutor, while studying the shooting, learn that the police are ignoring the murder of an African-American teenager.

This show has a ton of political drama, but don’t fret; I spied a lovemaking scene late in the trailer. It’s a network television drama, after all.

Some well known faces pop up in Shots Fired. Helen Hunt (Mad About You, Twister) plays the governor of North Carolina and Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws, American Graffiti) is a real estate mogul.

They join leads Stephan James (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Sanaa Lathan (The Best Man, The Cleveland Show), who play a young Justice Dept. prosecutor and expert investigator, respectively.

Need another angle? Check out the second trailer, because “humanity is at stake”!


Created by film director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball, The Secret Life of Bees) and husband Reggie Rock Bythewood, it’s produced by Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Television.

Early reports compare it to ABC’s American Crime.

Shots Fired premieres March 22 at 8 p.m. on FOX.

The racially charged drama is slotted as a 10-episode “event series,” so settle in, pour yourself a drink, and prepare to argue politics with your in-laws the next day.

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