‘American Crime,’ ‘Secrets and Lies’ Canceled at ABC

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American Crime” and “Secrets and Lies” have both been canceled after three and two seasons respectively at ABC.

“American Crime” was an anthology series created by executive producer John Ridley and starring Regina King, Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Lili Taylor and Richard Cabral, among many others. Each season explored issues of race, class, and gender, and those who are affected most by them in American society. Michael J. McDonald also served as executive producer. The series was produced by ABC Studios.

The series failed to make any significant impact in the ratings but was an awards contender throughout its run, with King winning multiple Emmys for her role on the show. In total, the series was nominated for 14 Emmys.

“Secrets and Lies” Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) as she investigates a different homicide case each season. In Season 1, she investigated a character played by Ryan Phillippe, who was accused of killing a boy who lived in his neighborhood. In Season 2, Michael Ealy played a man poised to take over his family’s private equity firm, but on the verge of his rise to power, his wife is murdered. Other cast members for Season 1 and 2 included: KaDee Strickland, Natalie Martinez, Dan Fogler, Indiana Evans, Jordana Brewster, Mekia Cox, Charlie Barnett, Kenny Johnson, and Terry O’Quinn.

Barbie Kligman developed the series, which is based on the of the same name created by Stephen Irwin. Kligman also executive produced for Avenue K Productions,  along with Aaron Kaplan for Kapital Entertainment, and Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield for Hoodlum Entertainment. “Secrets and Lies” was produced by ABC Studios.

Season 1 of the series managed decent ratings during its run, with the season as a whole averaging a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.7 million viewers per episode. Season 2, however, has been down dramatically. The 10-episode season averaged just a 0.8 rating and 3.3 million viewers per episode, a decline of close to 50% in both key measures.

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  1. JC says:

    The second season of Secrets & Lies was not compelling at all. I stopped watching, but hoped for a season 3 with a better crime. I binge-watched season 1 in like a day.

  2. Alisha says:

    Boo! I just googled secrets and lies to see when the next season would be showing and found this! It was an incredible show!!!

  3. Caroline says:

    Shame. Shame. Neither of these shows deserved to be cut. American Crime was EXCELLENT. It opened the envelope to the issues facing our country. Brilliant screenplay stories, interesting twists. Loved the idea of how each characters were used differently each season. Just an overall phenomenal show! So very disappointing. This show is deserving of at least 2 more seasons! The Emmy nominations should speak for itself. Please BRING IT BACK !!!! America needs this dose of reality. PLEASE BRING IT BACK!

    Secrets and Lies was another favorite of mine. In my opinion, Season 2 really stepped it up. Would have hoped for maybe one more season.

    Overall, this is a sad day for television.

  4. Randie Walton says:

    Ditto what Christi beneath me said. Two great shows and very disappointing that they were cancelled.

  5. Christi says:

    Why is it that any time there is a good series on TV, a cut above the usual mindless drivell
    the ABC cancels it?? I love Secrets and Lies and American Crime. What a shame!

  6. Linda says:


  7. DPowell says:

    Wow what a shame, no more Secrets and lies and I was eagerly awaiting the next Season, hoping it would return but fearing it may not as this happened so often to me with ABC shows. You disappoint me ABC! I was actually liking it as much as or more than Once upon a time.

  8. pickles says:

    Idol taking up all the good spots so the great shows get canned.

  9. Vicki says:

    I loved American Crime. It was one of the better shows on ABC.

  10. Terri says:

    Two of my all time shows secrets and lies and American crime..what a shame ..great shows ,great actors and great subject matters..what a loss. :(

  11. Spider says:

    “Secrets and Lies” was actually a pretty good series that would end it’s episodes as cliffhangers. Juliette Lewis was pretty damn good in this. Too bad ABC didn’t give it a chance, just like when they canceled, “Forever” 2 years ago… Good shows don’t come around too often.

  12. John says:

    That’s a shame about American Crime. It was an excellent show that was exposing issues and telling the stories that few people even realize exist. It’s a loss, for sure.

  13. Ann in Los Angeles says:

    “American Crime” cancelled. A loss. Kudos to John and all who worked in front and behind the scenes on this program. Forge on folks and bring us some new shows with your brilliant talents. Hope all three seasons come to DVD.

  14. Lynn Shepodd says:

    Well, that’s too bad. It’s one of the best things on TV.

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