Shots Fired

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Shots Fired
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Created by
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 1 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Gina Prince-Bythewood
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network Fox
Original release March 22, 2017 (2017-03-22) – present

Shots Fired is an American ten-part event drama television series broadcast on Fox in the 2016–2017 TV schedule. The series premiered on March 22, 2017.[1]


After an unarmed white man is shot in a traffic stop by an African-American police deputy, the Justice Department opens an investigation. The investigator and special prosecutor, while studying the shooting, learn that the police are ignoring the murder of an African-American teenager.[2][3]

Main cast[edit]



On December 10, 2015, Fox announced that Shots Fired was picked up to series status. Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood created the series as a drama that aims to reflect the racial tensions and police shooting incidents that have spurred demonstrations and outrage across the country. Gina and Reggie will serve as executive producers along with Francie Calfo and Brian Grazer[5]


In March 2016, crews were filming in Kannapolis, North Carolina. They were expected to continue work in the area through July.[6] Filming took place in Gastonia[2] and Salisbury in April 2016. The Rowan County courthouse became the Gate County Courthouse, and a real WJZY news van appeared in a scene.[7] Other scenes were filmed in Concord, Mooresville and Charlotte. In May, James B. Duke Memorial Library at Johnson C. Smith University played the role of the library at North Carolina State University.[8]


It was announced in December 2015 that Sanaa Lathan was cast as Ashe Akino.[9] In February 2016, DeWanda Wise was cast as Shameeka Campbell and Conor Leslie was cast as Sarah Ellis.[10][11] In March 2016, Stephan James was cast as Preston Terry;[12] Tristan Wilds and Aisha Hinds were cast as Officer Belk (Beck) and Pastor Janae James, respectively;[13] Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss, and Stephen Moyer were cast as Patricia Eamons, Arlen Cox, and Officer Breeland, respectively;[14] Will Patton was cast as Sheriff Daniel Platt;[15] Jill Hennessy was cast as Alicia Carr;[16] and Clare-Hope Ashitey was cast as Kerry Beck.[17]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
1 "Hour One: Pilot" Gina Prince-Bythewood Gina Prince-Bythewood & Reggie Rock Bythewood March 22, 2017 (2017-03-22) 1AZG01 4.70[18]
2 "Hour Two: Betrayal of Trust"[19] Millicent Shelton Mick Betancourt March 29, 2017 (2017-03-29) 1AZG02 TBD
3 "Hour Three: Somebody's Son"[20] Anthony Hemingway Denitria Harris-Lawrence April 5, 2017 (2017-04-05) 1AZG03 TBD
4 "Hour Four: Truth"[21] Malcolm D. Lee Reggie Rock Bythewood April 12, 2017 (2017-04-12) 1AZG04 TBD
5 "Before the Storm" Kasi Lemmons Marissa Jo Cerar TBA 1AZG05 TBD
6 "The Fire this Time" Jonathan Demme Jeff Stetson TBA 1AZG06 TBD
7 "The Content of their Character" TBA J. David Shanks TBA 1AZG07 TBD
8 "Rock Bottom" TBA TBA TBA 1AZG08 TBD
9 "Come to Jesus" Ami Canaan Mann TBA TBA 1AZG09 TBD
10 "Last Dance" Reggie Rock Bythewood Reggie Rock Bythewood & Marissa Jo Cerar TBA 1AZG10 TBD


  1. ^ Porter, Rick (January 11, 2017). "'Prison Break' returns in April and more FOX spring 2017 premiere dates". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Hayes, Erika (April 13, 2016). "TV series starring Helen Hunt filming in Gastonia". WCNC-TV. Tegna, Inc. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Fox's 'Shots Fired' explores crime and justice in America". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2017-03-19. 
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  5. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (December 10, 2016). "Fox Orders 'Shots Fired' Event Series Examining Racial Tensions and Police Shootings". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ Knox, Michael (March 30, 2016). "Richard Dreyfuss and Helen Hunt TV series filming in Cabarrus County". Independent Tribune. Berkshire Hathaway. Retrieved April 1, 2016. 
  7. ^ Raymond, Amanda (April 21, 2016). "Citizens search for stars during 'Shots Fired' filming at Rowan County Courthouse". Salisbury Post. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  8. ^ Janes, Theoden (May 13, 2016). "For Fox's 'Shots Fired,' background actors go the extra mile". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 10, 2015). "'Shots Fired' Fox Event Series Starring Sanaa Lathan Gets Formal Green Light". Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (February 18, 2016). "DeWanda Wise Joins 'Shots Fired' Fox Event Series". Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (February 22, 2016). "Conor Leslie To Co-Star In 'Shots Fired' Fox Event Series". Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (March 1, 2016). "'Frequency' Casts Anthony Ruivivar". Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (March 10, 2016). "'Shots Fired': Tristan Wilds & Aisha Hinds Join Fox Event Series". Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 18, 2016). "Helen Hunt, Stephen Moyer & Richard Dreyfuss To Star In Fox's 'Shots Fired'". Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (March 21, 2016). "'Shots Fired': Will Patton Cast In Fox Event Series". Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 30, 2016). "Jill Hennessy Joins 'Shots Fired' Drama Series At Fox - Deadline". Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  17. ^ Pedersen, Erik (March 31, 2016). "Brooks Wheelan In ABC Pilot 'Toast'; Clare-Hope Ashitey In Fox's 'Shots Fired'". Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  18. ^ Porter, Rick (March 23, 2017). "'Law & Order: SVU' adjusts up: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  19. ^ "(SF-102) "Hour Two: Betrayal of Trust"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  20. ^ "(SF-103) "Hour Three: Somebody's Son"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  21. ^ "(SF-104) "Hour 4: Truth"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 22, 2017. 

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