In an odd coincidence, the Fox drama series “Shots Fired” will air what amounts to a tribute of sorts to the late Jonathan Demme tonight with a previously scheduled episode that Demme directed.
The Oscar-winning Demme, who died Wednesday morning from complications of esophageal cancer, had occasionally ventured into the world of TV in recent years, directing episodes of AMC’s “The Killing” and HBO’s “Enlightenment.” He won the Oscar for best director in 1992 for “Silence of the Lambs.”
Speaking on Fox 11’s “Good Day L.A.” Wednesday morning, “Shots Fired” actor Aisha Hinds said of her experience workign with the director, “Jonathan Demme came in and truly brought a huge, open heart. . . he certainly has left an incredible fingerprint on this earth, his legacy is broad in so many ways.”
“To work with a legend, and then have them made fully human, super empathic, very present, every frame he was there for everyone,” said series costar DeWanda Wise in the same interview. “It was one of the true joys of my life to work with him.”
Wednesday’s episode of “Shots Fired,” titled “The Fire This Time,” will air at 8 p.m.
For the record
10:17 a.m.: An earlier version of this article reported that Jonathan Demme died Monday. He died Wednesday morning.
3:19 p.m.: Post updated to add comments from Aisha Hinds and DeWanda Wise of "Shots Fired.”