With the wave of show cancellations come in (sorry Rush Hour), FOX along with ABC & NBC have begun revealing trailers for the upcoming 2016-17 television season. There are set to be remakes (Lethal Weapon, The Exorcist), new stars in familiar positions (24: Legacy), revivals (Prison Break) and crime dramas (the technology driven APB & sign of the times Shots Fired). Fox’s latest stream of shows are not only diverse in their cast makeup, at least two of them in Shots Fired and 24: Legacy are primarily steered by African-American leads.


Shots Fired, which stars an ensemble cast in Mack Wilds, Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Helen Hunt and Stephen Moyer focuses on the aftermath of a black police officer shooting an unarmed white teenager in a small North Carolina town. The 10-hour series depicts Wilds as police officer Joshua Beck who finds himself in the crosshairs of a town boiling with potential unrest. James & Lathan are brought in as state-appointed investigators looking for the truth and end up finding that the black citizens of the small North Carolina town find it strange how this particular case is getting the government’s attention and not the shootings of unarmed black boys by police. Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood serve as the primary writers and executive prodcuers. Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo also will serve as executive producers. Prince-Bythewood will direct.

Lethal Weapon takes the classic 1980s film franchise and brings it to the small screen. Yes, Riggs and Murtaugh butted heads, dodged explosions and all types of bad guys in late-80s/early 90s Los Angeles but that was Mel Gibson & Danny Glover. Fox’s adaptation of the film brings Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford to the roles fans have come to know and love with major emphasis on showing how insane Riggs is. We’re introduced to the two characters while also showing what makes them, well – them. Murtaugh is mild-mannered as always and Riggs carries plenty of emotional baggage — and a penchant for killing people who deserve to be killed. Looks to be a standard affair of balancing human moments, some comedic relief and some over-the-top action sequences.


How over-the-top? The literal first scene of the trailer is Crawford’s Riggs playing chicken with bank robbers before showing off that he’s always ready for fisticuffs and accidentally lets a bank blowup. Plus, Jordana Brewster shows up as LAPD negotiator Maureen Cahill who will no doubt have flashbacks thanks to the multiple car chases and the unfortunate situation (or fortunate from Riggs’ perspective) of watching a baddie unwillingly get hit by a bus. There are some humane, almost tragic moments in the trailer as we get a flashback to Riggs’ presumably pregnant wife getting T-boned by an 18-wheeler and dying which probably is the reason why he has such a death wish.

24: Legacy probably has the short title of being called ‘Black Jack Bauer’ because Straight Outta Compton and The Walking Dead star Corey Hawkins is basically Jack Bauer now. Well, actually he’s Eric Carter, a war veteran whose family and entire team are living in witness protection after leading a covert operation that took down a known terrorist. Only problem is, terrorists are vengeful people and will send hit squads to your residence to prove a point. Carter has to not only save his entire team from getting killed but also protect the country from whatever dangers may pop up. Plus, there’s former Counter Terrorist Unit director Rebecca Ingram (Miranda Otto) helping out! Wait, does ‘Black Jack Bauer’ get his own Chloe? We need answers, Fox.