Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Stephen Moyer, Will Patton, Mack Wilds, Aisha Hinds, DeWanda Wise, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Conor Leslie
Created by Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood
Written by Gina Prince-Bythewood & Reggie Rock Bythewood, Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
Shots Fired is a new event series on FOX that turns a hot button political issue upside down when a black cop shoots an unarmed white man in a small South Carolina town. An investigator and special prosecutor (Sanaa Lathan and Stephan James) are sent to investigate and uncover layers of racial and societal issues in the small town. The large ensemble includes recurring roles by Helen Hunt as the governor, Jill Hennessy as the victim's mother, and Richard Dreyfuss (not seen in the pilot).
But after that, it started to lose its way and that's disappointing given the storyline and the stellar cast. I could care less about the personal lives of Lathan and James' characters and the pilot spent far too much time on that. This is being billed as an "event series" which makes me think that should a renewal happen, it would not be the same characters anyway. So why are we worrying so much about dealing with drinking problems, family problems, and love lives? It just doesn't seem all that necessary for a show like this.
WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Yes, I'll watch one more to see if it can find its way plus I'm curious to see Richard Dreyfuss (if he shows up in episode two).