American Crime (TV series)

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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 2
No. of episodes 21 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • John Ridley
  • Michael J. McDonald
Location(s) Austin, Texas
Los Angeles, California
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s)
  • International Famous Players Radio Pictures Corporation
  • Stearns Castle Entertainment
  • ABC Studios
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original network 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.[1] The series was created by John Ridley, and stars Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton.[2] The first season centers on race, class, and gender politics as it follows the lives of the participants in a trial who are forever changed during the legal process.[3][4]

The series was renewed for a second season on May 7, 2015.[5] The second season, which premiered on-demand on December 17, 2015,[6][7] and premiered on ABC on January 6, 2016,[8] features a new storyline and characters, with some actors from the first season—including Huffman, Hutton, Regina King, Elvis Nolasco, Richard Cabral, and Lili Taylor—playing different characters.[9][10] On May 12, 2016, ABC renewed the series for a third season,[11] which will star Huffman, Hutton and King.[12][13]

Both seasons 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 Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (Cabral), and a win for Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (King).

Overview[edit]

The first season takes place in Modesto, California, where war veteran Matt Skokie is killed and his wife Gwen is brutally assaulted, resulting in four suspects being brought into custody as racial tensions are stirred up and the lives of all those involved are forever changed.

The second season takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana, where a working class student accuses several members of a private school's championship basketball team of sexually assaulting him and posting photos of the incident online.[14] This season deals heavily with social class and homophobia.

The third season is set in North Carolina and deals with labor issues, economic divides and individual rights.[13]

Cast and characters[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Regular cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Regina King as Aliyah Shadeed[15] (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[16]
  • 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]

  • Hope Davis as Steph Sullivan, Coach Sullivan's wife[23]
  • Faran Tahir as Rhys Bashir, the chairman of the board at Leyland[24]
  • André L. Benjamin as Michael LaCroix, Kevin's father[25]
  • Emily Bergl as Lillah Tanner, Eric's mother[26]
  • Christopher Stanley as Charles, the businessman and love interest for Huffman's character[27]
  • Brent Anderson as Curt Tanner, Eric's father
  • Stephanie Sigman as Monica Ava, an administrator at a public school[28]
  • Richard Cabral as Sebastian De La Torre, a white hat computer hacker[18]
  • Lynn Blackburn as Cammy Ross, a reporter for a local media outlet
  • Sky Azure Van Vliet as Becca Sullivan, Coach Sullivan's daughter and a cheerleader
  • Michael Seitz as Wes Baxter, a basketball player at Leyland
  • Ty Doran as Peter Tanner, Eric's brother and a student at Marshall

Season 3[edit]

Regular cast[edit]

Development and production[edit]

In October 2013, ABC announced it was developing a drama pilot created by John Ridley.[33] In January 2014, ABC greenlighted the pilot, and signed a deal with Ridley to direct.[34][35]

Elvis Nolasco and Caitlin Gerard were the first regular members to be cast, as announced on February 14, 2014.[36] Later Richard Cabral, Johnny Ortiz, Benito Martinez and W. Earl Brown were cast for regular supporting roles in the pilot.[37][38] 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.[39][40] 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.[41][42]

The pilot episode, along with further episodes, were filmed in Austin, Texas, which substitutes for the California Central Valley city of Modesto.[43] On May 8, 2014, ABC picked up the pilot to the series for the 2014–15 television season.[3][4]

Filming for series moved to Los Angeles with the third season as the show was awarded a California tax credit.[13]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 11 March 5, 2015 (2015-03-05) May 14, 2015 (2015-05-14)
2 10 January 6, 2016 (2016-01-06) March 9, 2016 (2016-03-09)

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 and Regina King. Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a rating of 95% based on 42 reviews with an average rating of 8.2 out of 10. 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."[44] Metacritic gave the first season a score of 84 out of 100, based on 34 reviews.[45] 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."[46] Critic Ed Bark praised the performance of Felicity Huffman and wrote that she would be a favorite to win at next year's Primetime Emmy Awards.[47]

The second season continued to receive critical acclaim from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has a 97% rating based on 30 reviews with an average score of 8.2 out of 10.[48] On Metacritic, it has a score of 85 out of 100 based on 26 reviews.[49]

Accolades[edit]

Ceremony Category Recipient Result
5th Critics' Choice Television Awards[50] 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
67th Primetime Emmy Awards[51][52] Outstanding Limited Series American Crime Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie Timothy Hutton Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie Felicity Huffman Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie Richard Cabral
(Episode: "Episode Ten")
Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie Regina King
(Episode: "Episode Four")
Won
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special John Ridley
(Episode: "Episode One")
Nominated
Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special Kim Coleman and Beth Sepko Lindsay Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or a Movie Luyen Vu
(Episode: "Episode One")
Nominated
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")
Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or a Movie Ryan Davis, Ben Lowry and Rick Norman
(Episode: "Episode Eleven")
Nominated
20th Satellite Awards[53] Best Television Series – Drama American Crime Nominated
Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Timothy Hutton Nominated
Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama Felicity Huffman Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Elvis Nolasco Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Regina King Nominated
Best Ensemble – Television Series Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, W. Earl Brown, Regina King, Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Benito Martinez, Penelope Ann Miller, Elvis Nolasco, and Johnny Ortiz Won
47th NAACP Image Awards[54] Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special American Crime Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Regina King Won
Outstanding Director in a Drama Series John Ridley
(Episode: "Episode One")
Won
Millicent Shelton
(Episode: "Episode Ten")
Nominated
Outstanding Writer in a Drama Series John Ridley
(Episode: "Episode One")
Nominated
73rd Golden Globe Awards[55]
Best Miniseries or Television Film American Crime Nominated
Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Felicity Huffman Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Regina King Nominated
68th Primetime Emmy Awards[56] Outstanding Limited Series American Crime Pending
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Felicity Huffman Pending
Lili Taylor Pending
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Regina King
(Episode: "Season Two: Episode Eight")
Pending

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