Fox is continuing their push into limited and event programming with an official greenlight for police shooting event series Shots Fired starring Boss alum Sanaa Lathan, TVWise has learned.
Shots Fired depicts the dangerous aftermath of a police shooting when an African-American cop kills a white teen in Tennessee. Lathan plays an expert investigator who digs into the cases, alongside a special prosecutor sent to the town by the Department of Justice. The pair must navigate the media attention, public debate and the social unrest that comes with such volatile cases, as they seek justice before the divided town erupts.
The event series, which has received an order for ten episodes, is being penned by Gina Prince-Bythewood & Reggie Rock Bythewood and is set up at 20th Century Fox Television, Undisputed Cinema and Imagine Television. Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood serve as executive producers on the event series alongside Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo. Gina Prince-Bythewood will also direct. Production on Shots Fired is expected to commence next year for a later 2016 premiere.
“Gina and Reggie have crafted a profoundly moving portrayal of a timely and sensitive issue that pervades our culture at this very moment,” said David Madden, President of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company. “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.”
Shots Fired has been on the fast-track at Fox ever since it landed at the network earlier this year. A pilot script was ordered and turned in by October, at which time Lathan, who is perhaps best known to international TV audiences for playing Mona Fredricks on the Starz political drama Boss, boarded the project. It was then that Fox gave the project a blinking green-light; ordering a series bible, with the intention of going straight to series.