After racially-charged shootings in a North Carolina town, an investigator digs into the cases alongside a special prosecutor. Created by Gina Prince-Bythewood, Reggie Rock Bythewood. Starring Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, and Mack Wilds.
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The most talked about television shows are all led and run by Black actors and showrunners.

Sydney Scott
Mar, 23, 2017

Wednesday has become one of the trickiest nights for TV fanatics.

Greenleaf, Shots Fired, Empire, Underground, and The Quad all air Wednesday night, with three of the shows airing at the same time. And, while it's become hard to prioritize which of the shows to watch, it's amazing to see them dominating primetime television.

On Wednesday, all five shows were trending on Twitter with viewers noticing just how incredible it is to have Black shows owning the night. 

The popularity of the shows is noteworthy because it's quite rare to see Black-led shows getting so much attention. All five are led by Black casts and run by Black showrunners. 

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Jason Johnson, politics editor for The Root, noted --- with the exception of Greenleaf --- just how significant the night was, tweeting, "For the first time in TV history there will be FOUR prime time television shows across multiple networks w/ majority African-American casts."

And, with shows like Queen Sugar, Black-ish, and The Carmichael Show adding to the conversation, it looks like television is becoming the perfect medium for Black actors and showrunners to thrive.