‘Shots Fired’ Episode Guide (April 5): The Political Implications of Both Cases Begin to Rise

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‘Shots Fired’ Episode Guide (April 5): The Political Implications of Both Cases Begin to Rise

“Hour Three: Somebody’s Son” (04/05/17) – Ashe and Preston focus in on reliable evidence in both investigations, sending them first to Jesse Carr’s old college campus, then on a dangerous manhunt for the only two credible witnesses in Joey Campbell’s case. The political implications of both cases begin to unfold, as Pastor Janae urges Governor Eamons to do more for the poorest communities in Gate Station, leading her to the Campbell household.

Meanwhile, Eamons’ biggest competition, Penn Moder (guest star Ronald Keith Harris, Jr.), seeks out Jesse’s mother, Alicia (guest star Jill Hennessy), in an all-new episode of “Shots Fired” airing Wednesday, April 5 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Guest starring in this episode are Helen Hunt as Governor Eamons; Jill Hennessy as Alicia Carr; Angel Bonanni as Javier Cano; Beau Knapp as Deputy Caleb Brooks; Laila Lockhart as Kai Cano; John Beasley as Mr. D; Kylen Davis as Shawn Campbell; Marqus Clae as Cory; Horus Runako as Ivory Boyd; Jenna Kanell as Cara; Liam Dance as Christian Beck; Jahlil Muhammad as Jeremiah Beck; Steven Garland as Randall Carr; Dane Rhodes as Donnie; Anthony O. Dalton II as Aide; Antonique Smith as Kiana; Blaine Kern III as Ted Wriggly; Elijah Marcano as Pledge; Yohance Myles as Leon Grant; Ronald Keith Harris, Jr. as Penn Moder; and Jon Stafford as Hampton.

A sports announcer once said he aimed to give his listeners a view from every seat in the house. What if an event series exploring race relations in this country and the policing of African-Americans did just that? What if a 10-hour film was created that asked the difficult questions and sparked real conversation and change? “Shots Fired” is that “What if?”

From Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Beyond the Lights,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Love & Basketball”) and Reggie Rock Bythewood (“Notorious,” “New York Undercover,” “Get on the Bus”), “Shots Fired” is a 10-hour event series that examines the dangerous aftermath of two racially charged shootings in a small Southern town, providing an explosive autopsy of our criminal justice system.

When Joshua Beck (Mack Wilds, “The Wire”), an African-American Sheriff’s deputy, 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, opening wounds that threaten to tear the community apart.

Leading the Department of Justice’s inquiry into these shootings is seasoned investigator Ashe Akino (Sanaa Lathan, “The Perfect Guy,” “Love and Basketball”) and a young Special Prosecutor, Preston Terry (Stephan James, “Race,” “Selma”), both of whom are African-American. As they start to peel 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 (guest star Academy-, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress Helen Hunt, “As Good As It Gets,” “The Sessions”).

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 (Academy- and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, “The Goodbye Girl,” “Jaws,” “Madoff”), is pulled into the volatile debate over policing in the town, and Lt. Calvert Breeland (Stephen Moyer, “The Bastard Executioner,” “True Blood”), a seasoned veteran in the Sheriff’s Department, gets caught in the middle of the investigation.

As Ashe and Preston navigate the media attention, public debate and social unrest that come with such volatile cases, “Shots Fired” tackles the racial divide from every seat in the house.

“Shots Fired” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, in association with Imagine Television and Undisputed Cinema. The series is created and executive-produced by Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood. Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo also serve as executive producers.

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