Watch Explosive New Trailer for ‘Shots Fired’

"Shots Fired" - Fox

“Shots Fired” – Fox

Examining the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small Southern town, “Shots Fired” is a dramatic new event series from Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood.

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. Leading the Department of Justice’s inquiry into these shootings is seasoned investigator Ashe Akino (Sanaa Lathan) and a young Special Prosecutor, Preston Terry (Stephan James), both of whom are African American. As they start to pull back the layers of both cases, they suspect a cover-up that may involve some of the state’s most powerful people, including fiercely political North Carolina Governor Patricia Eamons (Helen Hunt). She’s in a tough re-election fight, and the recent shootings in her state are making it even tougher. Meanwhile, real estate mogul and owner of a privatized prison Arlen Cox (Richard Dreyfuss), is pulled into the case, as LT. Eric Breeland (Stephen Moyer), a seasoned veteran in the town’s Sheriff’s Department, gets caught in the middle of the investigation.

“Shots Fired” tackles the racial divide from all perspectives. As Ashe and Preston navigate the media attention, public debate and social unrest that come with such volatile cases, they learn that everybody has a story, and that the truth is rarely black and white.

The cast includes: Sanaa Lathan as Ashe Akino, Stephan James as Preston Terry, Helen Hunt as Governor Patricia Eamons, Richard Dreyfuss as Arlen Cox, Stephen Moyer as Lt. Eric Breeland, Tristan Wilds as Dep. Joshua Belk, Aisha Hinds as Pastor Janae James, Will Patton as Sheriff Daniel Platt, Conor Leslie as Sarah Ellis, Clare-Hope Ashitey as Kerry Belk, and DeWanda Wise as Shameeka Campbell.

From 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Television, Undisputed Cinema, “Shots Fired” is executive produced by Gina Prince-Bythewood, Reggie Rock Bythewood, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo.

Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood are both creators and writers of the event series, which Prince-Bythewood directs.

A new official trailer was released this afternoon and is embedded below:


  1. I’m confused. What do they mean by ”Event Series”? Is this supposed to be a min-series or a regular series?

    • im assuming that “event series” means it’s supposed to be 10 episodes and that’s it. they should just call it a “limited series”

  2. The real questions are whether Fox will cancel this before it gets to 10 episodes and whether they did any stunt casting from Empire to hedge their bets against low ratings. If nobody’s watching American Crime, it’s hard to see where the audience for this is going to come from. I hope I’m wrong.

  3. This looks GOOD — I plan to check it out! I think FOX is trying to mimic the cable tv format of scripted shows with a season-long story arc, like when “True Detective” first ran on HBO. ABC proved that format (I think it’s called an ‘anthology drama’) would work on network tv with “American Crime”, which PLENTY of people watch. It got a slew of Emmy noms during the first 2 seasons & it’s been renewed for a 3rd. FOX will already have 10 episodes in the can by the time Shots Fired debuts next year — if they cancel it mid-season, how will they make their money back? Clearly the network wants to capitalize on the issue of police shootings & bring in more Black viewers with this show. And the flip-the-script approach of a story arc focusing on a Black cop who kills an unarmed White kid is brilliant! I’m always telling friends how strange it is that we never see stories about that kind of police shooting when it must be happening routinely, as trigger-happy as American cops are. Does the legal system shield Black cops in those cases the way it routinely protects White cops? Hopefully those & other issues will be brought to the fore in “Shots Fired”.

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