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"Shots Fired" (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13) is something different for Fox – a serious drama that has something to say about America.
It's an unflinching story that begins when a white teenager is shot and killed by a black police officer (Mack Wilds, "The Wire") in a small North Carolina town. A federal investigator (Sanaa Lathan, "Love and Basketball") and federal prosecutor (Stephan James, "Race") are sent to investigate and they discover a link to an unsolved, and apparently uninvestigated, shooting of a black teenager that may involve the town's nearly all-white police force.
It takes a while for the narrative to really get going, but I've seen the first six episodes of this 10-hour limited series and I got caught up in it. I can't wait to see the other four episodes.
Yes, it's about race relations and class conflict and police misconduct and the media, but "Shots Fired," which premiered (in abbreviated form) at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, doesn't beat you over the head with any of that. It doesn't preach.
It's a fine drama, and Fox should be applauded for commissioning and airing this project.
Elsewhere on TV ...
• College softball (5 p.m., BYUtv): Utah at BYU
• NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): New York Knicks at Utah Jazz
• "Survivor" (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2: A dramatic twist in the sends shockwaves through the tribes; castaways are flying blind at a classic immunity challenge
• "Blindspot" (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Nas, Weller and Jane finally come face to face with Nas's inside source within Sandstorm.
• "Arrow" (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Prometheus attempts to break Oliver.
• "Major Crimes" (7 and 8 p.m., TNT): The department investigates the murder of a retired LAPD fraud detective.
• "Criminal Minds" (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The BAU believes two unsubs may be operating simultaneously in the same city; the team tries to keep Reid safe in prison.
• "Law & Order: SVU" (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A suspect claims his genetic makeup causes him to commit rape.
• "Empire" (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): When Lucious announces his new project, Cookie vows to dethrone him; Jamal befriends a fellow musician in rehab.
• "The 100" (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Clarke's arrival on the island takes a turn for the worse.
• "Greenleaf" (8 p.m., OWN): Tthe Bishop visits his father-in-law and runs into Mac; Kerissa and Jacob prepare to move out.
• "TIME: The Kaleif Browder Story" (8 p.m., Spike): Kalief is offered time served but refuses to plead guilty to a crime he didn't commit, and is released a month later without explanation.
• "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The team investigates the apparent suicide of an American in Colombia who had just emptied his bank account.
• "Designated Survivor" (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A journalist reveals classified information during a press briefing and leaves Seth struggling to contain the damage; Hannah unearths a connection between MacLeish and the conspiracy.
• "Chicago P.D." (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A hiker leads investigators to a young woman held captive in the woods near Chicago.
• "The Magicians" (10 p.m. Syfy): Quentin nears what could be a dead end; Eliot risks his life for his kingdom; Julia, Kady and Penny find a possible ally.
• "The Quad" (11 p.m. and midnight, BET): Cedric gets a visitor who shakes his whole world; Sydney and Dr. Eva Fletcher gets knocked on her heels both personally and professionally.
• "The Expanse" (11 p.m., Syfy): Bobbie becomes a political pawn in the struggle between Earth and Mars.
• "Legion" (11 p.m., FX): David tries to find a way out of his predicament.
• "Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo" (11 p.m. SundanceTV): Hap and Florida scheme to free Leonard.
• "Underground" (11 p.m., WGN): Complications threaten to break the will of both Ernestine and Rosalee.
• "Ripper Street" (midnight, BBC America): Augustus Dove wants to hide his murdering brother.