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The Red Line

The Red Line

Photo Credit:  Elizabeth Morris/Warner Bros. Entertainment
  • Premiered: 
    April 28, 2019
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Caitlin Parrish & Erica Weiss 
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Plot Synopsis

Executive produced by Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti, THE RED LINE is an eight-part 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 is a high school history teacher mourning the death of his husband, an African American doctor who was shot, while unarmed, by a white cop. As Daniel tries to comfort their grieving daughter, Jira Calder-Brennan, 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. On the south side, Tia Young 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, a red line train operator and devoted father to their six-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, and his brother, Jim Evans, 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 series airs in two-hour installments across four consecutive Sundays. THE RED LINE premiered on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 8-10pm ET/PT, as CBS debuted back-to-back new episodes:

"We Must All Care" (8pm): Three very different Chicago families journey toward hope and healing after a tragedy causes them all to consider how race and racial biases affect their lives.

"We Are Each Other's Harvest" (9pm): Grieving widower Daniel Calder files a civil suit against Officer Paul Evans, the cop who shot his unarmed husband. Also, Daniel's adopted daughter, Jira, tries to connect with her birth mother, Tia Young, who is conflicted about meeting her daughter, and Paul is assigned a new partner on the force, Officer Diego Carranza (guest star Sebastian Sozzi).
CBS premiered the two-part finale of THE RED LINE, debuting back-to-back new episodes on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 8-10pm ET/PT:

"I Must Tell You What We Have Inherited" (8pm): Tia's campaign for alderman is in jeopardy after it is revealed that Jira is her daughter, whom she gave up for adoption. Also, in order to help indict Paul, Daniel tries to find the anonymous sender of the security tape that shows him shooting Harrison. Guest cast: Enuka Okuma (Suzanne Davis), Sebastian Sozzi (Diego Carranza), J.J. Hawkins (Riley), Enid Graham (Amanda Sharp), Alano Miller (Isaiah), Kristina Valada-Viars (Elizabeth Fermi), Guy Van Swearingen (Commander Redding), Rammel Chan (Matthew Lee), McKenzie Chinn (Charisse), Tanya Jonsson (Sandra Carranza), Sammy A. Publes (FOP Lawyer), Marissa Olavarria (Mean Student), Kenneth D. Johnson (Southsider), debrah neal (Verna), Harmony Zhang (Mean Student's Friend), Bea Cordelia (Clerk), Bryce Dannenberg (Gabe), Samuel Taylor (Greg Holmes), and Owen Langlois (Connor).

"This Victory Alone Is Not the Change We Seek" (9pm): Tia receives a financial windfall from an unlikely source, putting her back in the race for alderman against Nathan Gordon. Also, Paul makes a profound and life-changing revelation about himself. Guest cast: Corey Reynolds (Harrison Brennan), Glynn Turman (Nathan Gordon), Enuka Okuma (Suzanne Davis), Alano Miller (Isaiah), J.J. Hawkins (Riley), Enid Graham (Amanda), Kristina Valada-Viars (Elizabeth Fermi), Guy Van-Swearingen (Commander Redding), Maximus Chase Evans (Benny Young), Rammel Chan (Matthew Lee), Geoff Rice (Miles), Mitchell Fain (Scoot), McKenzie Chinn (Charisse), Amanda Dahl Powell (Natalie Vaughn), Ilyssa Fradin (Newscaster), Kya Brickhouse (Teen Tia), Paul D'Addario (White Guy), Melissa Davis (White Girl), Jeffrey Fine (Bailiff), Rashada Dawan (Resident #2), and R.J. Lewis (Young Harrison Brennan).


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Berlanti Productions
  • Produced by Forward Movement
  • In association with Warner Bros. Television
  • In association with CBS Television Studios


  • - Chicago, Illinois USA