UPDATED throughout: Some of Jonathan Demme’s most recent work behind the camera will be seen tonight in an episode of Fox’s Shots Fired that he directed, and the network will pay tribute to him following his death early this morning.
Fox’s tribute will include a memoriam end card honoring the Oscar-winning director.
Tonight’s sixth episode of Fox’s new crime drama focuses on a riot that erupts between the citizens and police officers of Gate Station. The series, which premiered March 22, looks at the repercussions of a racially charged shooting in a fictional North Carolina town as an unarmed white man is taken down by an African-American police deputy.
“We mourn the passing of Jonathan Demme,” series creators Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood said in a statement provided to Deadline. “He was a tremendous artist who shared our belief that art can change the world. He was a gift, and he made every one around him better. He taught us to care a little bit more, believe a little bit more and listen a little bit more. We will miss him.”
In February, in what might be his final work as a director Demme, also helmed the second episode of Fox 21/Netflix’s upcoming series Seven Seconds. Kevin Brown, the show’s executive producer, said of Demme: “Extraordinary guy, just radiated a calm and positive energy. Everyone on the set instantly fell in love with him.”
Demme died this morning of complications from esophageal cancer. He was 73.