Shots Fired


Shots Fired, 2017


ARTICLE FROM: BELOW about Shots Fired:

The racially-charged shootings that have gripped the nation will soon dominate primetime television – not on cable news but in the Fox drama “Shots Fired.”

The 10-hour event series from husband and wife writer-directors Reggie Rock Bythewood (“Notorious”) and Gina Prince-Bythewood (“The Secret Life of Bees” and “Beyond The Lights”) is set to premiere in late February alongside the network’s hit show “Empire” on Wednesday nights.

Unlike “Empire,” which sets social media ablaze each week with its sassy characters and catchy music, “Shots Fired” is written to make viewers think about issues like race and police brutality.

We came in and asked, ‘what’s the most powerful thing that we can do within 10 hours?’” said Gina Prince-Bythewood during a sit-down interview on Aug. 5, at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Washington, D.C., where the network screened the pilot episode.

The Bythewoods, who are African American, were tapped to create the series in 2015 by Fox Television Group co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden following the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

We got a call from the head of Fox, who wanted to create a show that dealt with what was going on at the time… it was something we felt we couldn’t pass up,” said Gina Prince-Bythewood.

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Release date: Premiere, March 22, 2017 – 10 episodes
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Showrunner/Writer and Producer:
  • Reggie Rock Bythewood
  • Gina Prince-Bythewood
Genre: Crima Drama
Film Locations: North Carolina, USA
Plot Summary: Examining the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small Southern town, SHOTS FIRED is a dramatic new event series that is a “why done it?” and a “who done it?” From Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Beyond the Lights,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Love and Basketball”) and Reggie Rock Bythewood (“Beyond the Lights,” “Notorious”), the 10-hour event series is an explosive look at the criminal justice system. When an African-American police officer kills an unarmed white college student, a small town in North Carolina is turned upside-down. Before the town has a chance to grapple with this tragedy, the neglected murder of an African-American teen is brought to light, re-opening wounds that threaten to tear the town apart.
  • Sanaa Lathan as Ashe Akino
  • Stephan James as Preston Terry
  • Helen Hunt as Governor Patricia Eamons
  • Will Patton as Sheriff Platt
  • Stephen Moyer as Lieutenant Calvert Breeland
  • Tristan Mack Wilds as Deputy Joshua Beck
  • Aisha Hinds as Pastor Janae James
  • Jill Hennessy as Alicia Carr
  • Clare-Hope Ashitey as Kerry Beck
  • Conor Leslie as Sarah Ellis
  • DeWanda Wise as Shameeka Campbell
  • Mickey Mikes as Neighbor
  • Richard Dreyfuss as Arlen Cox (9 episodes, 2017)
  • Julian Brittano as Julian (7 episodes, 2017)
  • Anthony Dalton as Anthony (7 episodes, 2017)
  • Marqus Clae as Cory (6 episodes, 2017)
  • Edwina Findley Dickerson as Shirlane (6 episodes, 2017)
  • Sidney Brodie as Caretaker / … (6 episodes, 2017)
  • Manny Perez as James Ruiz (5 episodes, 2017)
  • Mike Pniewski as Julian Carroll (5 episodes, 2017)
  • Jacob Leinbach as Jesse Carr (5 episodes, 2017)
  • Shots Fired as Dinner Patron / … (5 episodes, 2017)
  • Yohance Myles as Leon Grant (5 episodes, 2017)
  • Greg Sproles as Deputy Ecklund (5 episodes, 2017)
  • Mick Betancourt Co-Executive producer
  • Marissa Jo Cerar Co-Producer
  • Suzanne Lauer-Maltby Co-Producer
  • Jeff Stetson Co-Producer
  • Reggie Rock Bythewood Executive producer
  • Francie Calfo Executive producer
  • Brian Grazer Executive producer
  • Gina Prince-Bythewood Executive producer, Producer
  • Cliff Charles
  • Rodney Taylor
  • Tami Reiker
  • Micky Blythe
  • Jacques Gravett
  • Terilyn A. Shropshire
Casting:  Aisha Coley
Production Design:  Giles Masters
Art Direction:
  • Gary Naylor
  • Geoffrey S. Grimsman
Set Decoration:  Barb Livingston


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