CBS Orders the Pilot for Ava Duvernay Produced Police Shooting Drama “Red Line”

CBS has announced that it is picking up a new drama produced by Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti titled Red Line.

Red Line takes place in Chicago and follows three families whose lives are changed when a white police officer mistakenly shoots a black doctor. Erica Weiss and Caitlin Parrish will co-executive produce and write the pilot.

DuVernay has been steadily producing films that tell the stories of marginalized or oppressed groups of people. The narrative of this is seen especially in Middle of Nowhere, Selma, August 28: A Day in the Life of a People, 13th, and a couple others.

This drama series seems appropriate and timely considering the amount of police violence that has occurred in America, and DuVernay has not shied away from being vocal about the impact policing has on the black community throughout the country. She has constantly used her platform to show how dedicated she is to social justice and change. In an interview with the Smithsonian, DuVernay states,


“We are used to regarding ourselves in film as one-dimensional, one thing. That’s not true. We know we can be many things at once. There are layers of dimension, of being, in one life, in one body. The goal is to show the different dimensions of us.”

While CBS has ordered the pilot for the show, it doesn’t mean that the network will pick up the entire season. Viewers will have to watch and wait as the time goes by. But if it’s any consolation, considering how successful DuVernay has been in her last couple projects, it’s hard to think the network wouldn’t want the series.

Stay Tuned as we learn more about the upcoming Red Line.


– Carlton Rolle


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