The Fox network is rolling out a new special series called “Shots Fired”. The show will be a 10 hour event series that will focus on race relations in our country. The show will also focus on racial profiling of African Americans by the police force. “Shots Fired” will follow two racially charged shootings that take place in a small Southern town and the aftermath which occurs from the situations. The new drama series will star Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Mack Wilds, Stephen Moyer, Will Patton, Aisha Hinds, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Conor Leslie, Dewanda Wise, Richard Dreyfus, Helen Hunt, and Jill Hennessy.
Recently, Fox held a screening for the anticipated series in Chicago. The event was attended by the shows creators and executive producers Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood. The screening was held in the AMC River East 21 theater and there were over 200 guest in attendance. Also, in attendance were the stars of the series Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, and Mack Wilds.
The evening was hosted by Fox 32 reporter Jake Hamilton who greeted the audience. Fox publicist Jessica Wilson delivered a message to the audience from Reggie Bythewood. After the screening, a question and answer segment began. The panel included “Shots Fired” cast member Aisha Hinds, executive producer Francie Calfo, and Northwestern University Professor E. Patrick Johnson. The question and answer segment of the event was moderated by Kathy Chaney who is the managing editor of Ebony Magazine.
The event was made possible by Ebony Magazine, National Urban League Young Professionals, and Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center.
“Shots Fired” is set to premiere on March 22 at 8pm/7pm Central on Fox. The series will be airing prior to the return of “Empire”.
So, what are your thoughts? Will you set your DVR so you don’t miss the premiere? Do you think the show will be a controversial subject for television? Let me know in the comments.
By Ronda Brooks