Premiering Sunday, April 28th is the new CBS series executive produced by Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti called The Red Line.
The Red Line is an eight-episode original limited series that follows three very different Chicago families as they journey toward hope and healing after a tragedy causes them all to consider how race and racial biases affect their lives. On the north side of Chicago, Daniel Calder (Noah Wyle) is a high school history teacher mourning the death of his husband, a Black doctor who was shot, while unarmed, by a white cop (Noel Fisher).
As Daniel tries to comfort their grieving daughter, Jira Calder-Brennan (Aliyah Royale), the two butt heads when she decides she needs more support than her father can provide. She seeks the understanding of someone who knows what it’s like to grow up as a young Black woman, and searches for her birth mother to learn more about her personal history, culture, and community. Daniel seeks comfort in his colleague – and Jira’s teacher – Liam Bhatt (Vinny Chhibber). On the south side, Tia Young (Emayatzy Corinealdi) scours news of the shooting, torn between her political ambition of running for Alderman and risking it all to comfort the daughter she gave up for adoption as a teen.
Tia’s husband, Ethan Young (Howard Charles), a red line train operator and devoted father to their 6-year-old son, champions her running for office, but cautions her about connecting with Jira. On the west side, police officer Paul Evans must face the reality of his actions and intentions in the fatal shooting of an innocent man and worries about his fate amidst the public and legal fallout. His police partner, Victoria “Vic” Renna (Elizabeth Laidlaw), and his brother, Jim Evans (Michael Patrick Thornton), a volatile former cop confined to a wheelchair after being shot in the line of duty, cause more harm than good in their attempts to help him. As the stories of the Calder, Young, and Evans families converge, they each discover that it’s impossible to ignore issues of race; it’s important for each of us to explore how our backgrounds and internal biases affect how we act, and that we must open our eyes and see that we’re all human and all deserving of the same dignity.
The following is an exclusive never-before-seen clip from the impending series. In the clip below, a now traumatized Jira, is speaking to her father Daniel about searching for her birth mother. After the death of her father, who was killed based on the color of his skin, she now wants to learn more about her lineage and come to terms with her identity.
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Jamie Broadnax is the creator of the online publication and multimedia space for Black women called Black Girl Nerds. Jamie has appeared on MSNBC's The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and The Grio's Top 100. Her Twitter personality has been recognized by Shonda Rhimes as one of her favorites to follow. She is a member of the Critics Choice Association and executive producer of the Black Girl Nerds Podcast.