“American Crime” swept the Emmy nominations with 10 in total, the most of any broadcast network. The award recognition is sure to bring more eyes to season two, following a freshman run on ABC that was critically acclaimed but didn’t have the ratings numbers to match it.
The second season will take place in the Midwest, where the main crimes being tackled involve sexual identity and the disparity in the school systems, creator John Ridley and and exec producer Michael McDonald tell Variety. Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman both play members of the staff of an elite private school.
Nominees Hutton (lead actor, limited series or movie) and Huffman (lead actress, limited series or movie) spoke to Variety, following their nominations, and teased what’s to come in the new season.
“I haven’t read anything yet, but I know that the story is going to involve an incident that happens involving students at a high school and a private high school in the same town,” Hutton says. “I’m going to be playing the basketball coach at the private school.”
As for Huffman, she plays the headmistress of the private school.
Hutton adds, “We work at the same place and an incident happens that we both have to put out full attention into. I’m not sure what the dynamic of that relationship is yet. I’m excited to find out more.”
“John [Ridley] said it’s going to be very different than Barb Hanlon, which is great because, although I love Barb, I don’t want to spend another four to five months with her. I’m not sure anybody wants to spend four months with Barb,” Huffman says with a laugh, joking that the next place she wants to see Hanlon is back at the Emmy Awards (which she’ll be attending with her husband, William H. Macy, who is also nominated this year, again for lead actor in a comedy).Aside from Hutton and Huffman, many season-one players are returning for the new episodes as regulars, all playing different characters. Regina King, Lili Taylor, Elvis Nolasco and Richard Cabral will all be back.
“John [Ridley] is preparing for the audience to see Richard Cabral as an actor that they’ve never seen,” says Cabral, nominated for supporting actor in a limited series. “I’ve been the bad guy since day one and this time, it’s going to be completely different. That’s all that John has told me. It’s going to be kind of shocking. People are not going to recognize me. Definitely not a bad guy — no criminal element, no gang culture.”
Huffman says she’s excited for the future of “American Crime,” adding, “It’s going to be great. John has such a different take on this and it has a different feel, and we’re going to be working with a lot of younger actors so Tim and I will be the old guard — particularly Tim, when I say old.”
“American Crime” returns midseason on ABC.