American Crime (TV series)

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This article is about the ABC TV series. It is not to be confused with American Crime Story.
American Crime
American Crime ABC.jpg
Genre Crime drama
Created by John Ridley
Starring
Composer(s) Mark Isham
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • John Ridley
  • Michael J. McDonald
Location(s) Austin, Texas
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s)
  • International Famous Players Radio Pictures Corporation
  • #LiveLikeLisa (pilot episode only)
  • Stearns Castle Entertainment
  • ABC Studios
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original channel ABC
Picture format
Audio format Stereo
Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release March 5, 2015 (2015-03-05) – present
External links
Official website

American Crime is an American anthology crime drama television series that premiered on ABC on March 5, 2015, airing Thursdays at 10:00 pm (ET).[1] The series was created by John Ridley, and stars Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton. The first season consists of eleven episodes.[2] The series centers on race, class, and gender politics as it follows a racially charged murder and the subsequent trial.[3][4]

The series was renewed for a second season on May 7, 2015.[5] The second season, which is scheduled to premiere midseason during the 2015–16 television season, will feature a new storyline and characters, with some actors from the first season playing different characters, including Huffman, Hutton, Regina King, Elvis Nolasco, Richard Cabral, and Lili Taylor.[6][7]

The first season of American Crime received critical acclaim. In 2015, the series received ten Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including for Outstanding Limited Series, Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Ridley), Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (Huffman), Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (Hutton), Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (King), and Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (Cabral).

Premise[edit]

Season 1[edit]

The first season follows the aftermath of a murder in Modesto, California. War veteran Matt Skokie is killed during a home invasion in which his wife, Gwen, is brutally attacked. The series uses the crime and its subsequent journey through the legal system to explore complex issues, mainly through the lenses of the victims' and suspect's families.[8]

Season 2[edit]

The second season takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana, where a public high school student accuses several members of a private school's championship basketball team of sexually assaulting him and then taking photos of the incident and posting them online.[9]

Cast and characters[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Regular cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Regina King as Aliyah Shadeed[10] (born Doreen Nix), Carter Nix's sister and a convert to Islam
  • David Hoflin as Mark Skokie, Barb and Russ' younger son, on leave from the Army.
  • Gwendoline Yeo as Richelle, Mark's fiancée
  • Gleendylis Inoa as Jennifer "Jenny" Gutiérrez, the sister of Tony and daughter of Alonzo Gutiérrez
  • Lili Taylor as Nancy Straumberg[11]
  • Kira Pozehl as Gwendolyn "Gwen" Skokie, Matt's wife who is in a coma after being beaten during a home invasion.
  • Grant Merritt as Matt Skokie, Gwen's husband who was killed during a home invasion.
  • Bob Hess as Michael Taylor, Aubry's father
  • Jennifer Savidge as Ruth Taylor, Aubry's mother
  • Joe Nemmers as Deputy D.A. Rick Soderbergh
  • Brent Anderson as Detective Chuck Palmer
  • Todd Terry as Jackson, defense attorney for Hector Tontz

Season 2[edit]

Regular cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Development and production[edit]

In October 2013, ABC announced it was developing a drama pilot created by John Ridley.[23] In January 2014, ABC greenlighted the pilot, and signed a deal with Ridley to direct.[24][25]

Elvis Nolasco and Caitlin Gerard were the first regular members to be cast, as announced on February 14, 2014.[26] Later Richard Cabral, Johnny Ortiz, Benito Martinez and W. Earl Brown were cast for regular supporting roles in the pilot.[27][28] In early March, Timothy Hutton was cast in a lead role as Russ, and Penelope Ann Miller signed on in a supporting role of the mother of the murdered man's wife.[29][30] Soon thereafter, it was announced that Felicity Huffman was cast in the lead role of Barb Skokie, Russ' stoic ex-wife and mother of the murdered young man.[31][32]

The pilot episode, along with further episodes, are filmed in Austin, Texas, which substitutes for the California Central Valley city of Modesto.[33] On May 8, 2014, ABC picked up the pilot to the series for the 2014–15 television season.[3][4]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2015)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "Episode One" John Ridley John Ridley March 5, 2015 (2015-03-05) 8.37[34]
In a home invasion, a war veteran, Matt Skokie, is murdered and his wife, Gwen, is brutally assaulted, which leaves her in critical condition. Russ Skokie and his ex-wife, Barb, return to Modesto, California to bury their son and seek justice for their son's murder. Four suspects are brought into custody for his murder: Hector Tontz, Tony Gutierrez, Carter Nix and Aubry Taylor.
2 "Episode Two" John Ridley John Ridley March 12, 2015 (2015-03-12) 5.76[35]
3 "Episode Three" Gloria Muzio John Ridley March 19, 2015 (2015-03-19) 5.54[36]
4 "Episode Four" Joshua Marston Diana Son March 26, 2015 (2015-03-26) 5.56[37]
5 "Episode Five" Hanelle Culpepper Ernie Pandish April 2, 2015 (2015-04-02) 4.69[38]
6 "Episode Six" Nicole Kassell Davy Perez April 9, 2015 (2015-04-09) 4.40[39]
7 "Episode Seven" Sam Miller Stacy A. Littlejohn April 16, 2015 (2015-04-16) 4.38[40]
8 "Episode Eight" Rachel Morrison Julie Hébert April 23, 2015 (2015-04-23) 4.05[41]
9 "Episode Nine" Jessica Yu Keith Huff April 30, 2015 (2015-04-30) 3.63[42]
10 "Episode Ten" Millicent Shelton Sonay Hoffman May 7, 2015 (2015-05-07) 4.17[43]
11 "Episode Eleven" John Ridley John Ridley May 14, 2015 (2015-05-14) 4.21[44]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

American Crime has been met with wide acclaim from critics with many praising the writing, directing, and the acting abilities of its cast, particularly Felicity Huffman. Rotten Tomatoes gives the show a rating of 95% based on 42 reviews with an average rating of 8.2 out of 10.[45] The site's critical consensus reads, "Raw, emotional portrayals of diverse characters in dire pain, mashed up with chilling narratives and a gutsy attitude make American Crime a must-see."[45] Metacritic gave the show a score of 84 out of 100, based on 34 reviews.[46] Deadline.com critic Dominic Patten said in his review that "the 11-episode limited series marks a resounding flag planting by network television and tells cable that it doesn’t own poignant drama on our small screens."[47] Critic Ed Bark praised the performance of Felicity Huffman and wrote that she will be a favorite to win at next year's Primetime Emmy Awards.[48]

Accolades[edit]

Year Association Category Recipient Result
2015 Critics' Choice Television Awards[49] Best Limited Series American Crime Nominated
Best Actress in a Movie or Limited Series Felicity Huffman Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Limited Series Elvis Nolasco Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards[50] Outstanding Limited Series American Crime Pending
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie Timothy Hutton Pending
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie Felicity Huffman Pending
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie Richard Cabral
(Episode: "Episode Ten")
Pending
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie Regina King
(Episode: "Episode Four")
Pending
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special John Ridley
(Episode: "Episode One")
Pending
Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special Kim Coleman and Beth Sepko Lindsay Pending
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or a Movie Luyen Vu
(Episode: "Episode One")
Pending
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special Gregg Barbanell, Catherine Harper, Walter Newman, Pete Reynolds, Louie Schultz, Darleen Stoker, Bruce Tanis and Kenneth Young
(Episode: "Episode One")
Pending
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or a Movie Ryan Davis, Ben Lowry and Rick Norman
(Episode: "Episode Eleven")
Pending

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