The Red Line is coming
Here’s what we know so far about Noah Wyle’s emotional return to TV.
Wyle plays teacher Daniel Calder, whose African American doctor husband is mistakenly shot and killed by a white police officer.
The devastating effects of this tragedy are felt by three vastly different families, including Daniel and his adopted daughter Jira (Aliyah Royale), police officer Paul Evans (Shameless actor Noel Fisher) and his brother, and Jira’s biological mother Tia Young (Roots star Emayatzy Corinealdi) who has political aspirations.
Wyle says he knew he wanted to be involved as soon as he read the script.
“I have to say the emotional reaction that I had to the first reading of the script was so intense,” he says.
“I have never read a piece of material and had it move me like that. I can’t even talk about this show without getting upset.”
The Red Line explores an issue that has reached crisis point in America – the shooting of unarmed African Americans by police officers – while focusing on the people, relationships and emotional core of each tragedy we see in the news.
But this story of loss is also one of hope, as the families converge and attempt to rebuild their lives.
The Red Line, a reference to the Chicago train line that runs through all the diverse neighbourhoods of the city, is executive produced by Ava DuVernay (Queen Sugar) and Greg Berlanti (All American, Riverdale) and is based on the play written by co-creators Erica Weiss and Caitlin Parrish.
Described as an event drama by CBS, the series will be released in two-hour instalments across four weeks.
The Red Line premieres Monday 29 April. Same day as the U.S.