In the wake of the success of American Crime on ABC and the current hot-button issue of racial crimes in America, Fox ordered the event series Shots Fired, the network announced Thursday.
The drama, produced by Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood, will examine "the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small town in Tennessee." Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo will executive-produce.
Sanaa Lathan (The Perfect Guy) will star as an "expert investigator who digs into the cases, alongside a special prosecutor sent to the town by the Department of Justice." Lathan and the still unannounced prosecutor must deal with the media and the public as they try to solve the cases in a divided town.
"Gina and Reggie have crafted a profoundly moving portrayal of a timely and sensitive issue that pervades our culture at this very moment," says Fox Broadcasting Entertainment President David Madden in a statement. "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."
ABC's similar series American Crime, penned by 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley, premiered in March to rave reviews. Its first season explored the relationship between race and the justice system. The sophomore season will tackle sexual identity.
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