‘American Crime’ Season 3 Plot Revealed, Regina King Returning to John Ridley’s ABC Series

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The third season of John Ridley’s critically-acclaimed ABC drama “American Crime” is shaping up.

Regina King is the first cast member confirmed to return to the anthology series, Variety has confirmed, and the plot for Season 3 has been revealed.

“American Crime” season three will be set in North Carolina. While specific storylines have not been revealed, the new episodes will deal with labor issues, drawing a parallel to real-life happenings — off screen, much controversy has surrounded the state over the anti-LGBT law in recent months.

While the new episodes will be set in North Carolina, the show will shoot in Los Angeles, as the production recent obtained California tax credits and is relocating from Austin, Texas. Following the anti-LGBT law, many film and television productions, plus musicians, pulled out of working in the state.


‘American Crime’ Relocating Production to L.A.

No details on King’s character have been revealed, but previous seasons of “American Crime” have seen her, along with other returning cast members, completely change character from season-to-season.

“We could not be more excited to welcome Regina back for a third season of ‘American Crime,'” creator John Ridley said in a statement, obtained by Variety. “She is among the talent who have quickly become intimately associated with the program. As with the first two seasons, her many fans can expect a total transformation as she plays one of the complicated individuals caught up in a story that deals with labor issues, economic divides and individual rights in this season’s setting of North Carolina.”

King won an Emmy for her work on “American Crime” last year. The critically-praised series had 10 Emmy nominations for its first season, which helped the moderately-rated drama score a third season renewal.

King’s Season 3 return was first reported by Deadline. She is repped by ICM Partners and John Carrabino Management.

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  1. Desiree says:

    I have just discovered American crime, loved the first season and thought the second season would follow on from the story of the first. Then I thought it was explaining how these characters came to be all intertwined …….but realized it was a totally different story line completely with same actors……..while I enjoyed it, I find this rather strange.

  2. Evonne says:

    I love this show! Hurry back.

  3. Kevin says:

    King deserves to be the centerpiece, or lead this time around. She has earned it!

  4. Mark says:

    I hope they do not ruin this great show with a gay storyline about North Carolina.

    • Steve S. says:

      Or about someone who says stupid homophobic things.

      • Steve S. says:


        If someone said, “I hope they do not ruin this great show with a Jewish storyline about North Carolina.” Or, “I hope they do not ruin this great show with a Black storyline about North Carolina.” Or, even “I hope they do not ruin this great show with a privileged white guy storyline about North Carolina.” You wouldn’t think it was just a little anti-semitic, racist, or stupid?

      • Jensen says:

        Or anyone screaming “homophobe” and calling people “stupid” at any statement that doesn’t put homo-atheists in the best possible light.

      • Juice says:

        Or someone who wants someone else’s free speech limited because he/she/it doesn’t agree with a completely logical, agenda-free statement.

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