'Shots Fired' taps into roots of LA Riots for Fox drama's uprising episode






The tensions that have been building on FOX’s “Shots Fired” will boil over next week in an explosive episode titled “The Fire This Time.”

The intense sixth hour of the event series is set to air Wednesday, April 26, the week of the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots — a coincidence not lost on the show’s husband and wife creators.

“Clearly we were motivated by the L.A. Riots, the Watts Riots, the uprising in Ferguson and Baltimore,” Reggie Rock Bythewood said during a recent interview at the couple’s Los Angeles home.

Instead of focusing on the violence in the uprising episode, the show’s creative team decided to explore the reasons behind the unrest.

“Whenever an uprising happens, we see it on TV, we see it on the news and so many people judge what is going on in a negative way,” said co-creator Gina Prince-Bythewood. “We just wanted to get inside why does it happen.”

• RELATED VIDEO: ‘Shots Fired’ creators explain how the FOX series’ uprising episode drew inspiration from the LA riots

The Los Angeles Riots erupted on April 29, 1992, after a Simi Valley jury acquitted four white police officers in the videotaped-beating of Rodney King, a black motorist who led police on a freeway chase. The violence that followed left at least 55 people dead, thousands injured and it laid bare deep racial divisions in the city.

For insight into the unrest in Ferguson, the Bythewoods turned to former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder….

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