You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Felicity Huffman: ‘American Crime’ Season 3 ‘Has to Do With Xenophobia’

ABC’s anthology series “American Crime” had a Season 3 premiere screening on Wednesday at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, Calif. The purple carpet was graced by returning cast members Felicity Huffman, Connor Jessup, Richard Cabral and Benito Martinez, as well as new stars including Mickaëlle X. Bizet and Ana Mulvoy-Ten.

The series, which was recognized by both Emmy and Screen Actors Guild voters the last two years, centers on racism, sexism and classism in the United States — issues that remain applicable now more than ever. According to executive producer Michael McDonald, the latest installment will focus heavily on the imbalance of America’s social classes, while also revisiting women’s rights and racial prejudice.

“The main thing we wanted to tackle is the exploitation of the workforce in America and how people are working to survive and how they’re barely doing so,” McDonald said. “Modern-day slavery does exists [in America] and we close our eyes to it.

He added: “We have these great women, like Felicity and Regina [King] and Lili Taylor, that show us what it’s like to be a woman in America today. The series also covers reproductive rights and women’s healthcare. There is a lot of examination at what it looks like to not have power.”

Felicity Huffman believes that each season of “American Crime” has been parallel to what was going on in real life. And Season 3 will be no different.

“Somehow, [creator and executive producer] John Ridley and Michael McDonald have their finger on the pulse of what’s going on,” Huffman said. “I don’t know how that is, but when you’re in the zeitgeist… It happened with Seasons 1 and 2 that it seemed not only reflective, but also prescient in what it was doing.”

She added, “This season has to do with xenophobia. We’re asking the question ‘Does someone have to lose in order for the other to win?’ and ‘How we can stop that divisiveness and come together?'”

Following a screening of Season 3’s first episode, the cast participated in a panel discussion moderated by TV Guide’s Jim Halterman. The evening concluded with a questions from those present in the audience.

The third season of “American Crime” premieres March 12.

More TV

  • Federation Entertainment Acquires Israeli Series 'In

    Federation Entertainment Acquires Popular Israeli Series 'In The Spectrum' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Federation Entertainment has acquired distribution rights to Dana Idisis and Yuval Shafferman’s critically acclaimed original Israeli series “On The Spectrum” which took home the top Grand Jury Prize at Series Mania last year after premiering at Tribeca. Produced by Sumayoko Productions and YesStudios, “On The Spectrum” was commissioned and broadcast on Israel’s premium platform YesTV [...]

  • European Union Placeholder

    European Parliament Gives Final Approval to Controversial Article 13 Copyright Directive

    The European Parliament on Tuesday gave final approval of Article 13, a controversial directive that shakes up the rules around copyright in the continent with ramifications for online platforms, content owners and creators, and the general public. The proposed new framework, now approved, has sparked widespread debate among the platforms, public, and content firms. The platforms, [...]

  • Fox Disney Layoffs

    Fox Studio Quickly Fades Away as Disney Starts Work on Integration

    In the waning days of 21st Century Fox, there was a run on the searchlight. As Disney neared the completion of its $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox, employees on the Fox lot rushed into the studio’s gift shop to pick up mugs, shot glasses, sweatshirts, hats and T-shirts emblazoned with 20th Century Fox’s [...]

  • Purple

    French Women’s Drama ‘Purple’ Wins Series Mania Co-Pro Pitching Sessions

    LILLE, France — At an awards ceremony on Monday night, French drama series “Purple” was announced as the winner of the Series Mania Co-Pro Pitching Sessions, scoring a cash prize of €50,000 ($56,500), the TV festival’s main industry award. The ceremony was hosted by Series Mania founder and general director Laurence Herszberg and jury president [...]

  • Osmosis

    Netflix Unveils Four More French Originals, 'Gims,' 'Anelka,' 'Move,' 'Of Earth And Blood'

    As it prepares to open a fully-staffed office in France and ramp up its investment in local originals, Netflix has unveiled three new documentaries, “Move” (working title), “Gims” (working title), and “Anelka” (working title), and the feature film “Of Earth And Blood” while at Series Mania in Lille. Announced during a panel with Netflix’s commissioning [...]

  • Charmed -- "Let This Mother Out"

    'Charmed' Showrunner Exits, Craig Shapiro & Elizabeth Kruger Board Series

    The CW’s reboot of “Charmed” is changing showrunners. Variety has learned that Carter Covington has stepped down as showrunner on the series, which has already been renewed for a second season. Husband and wife team Craig Shapiro and Elizabeth Kruger have been brought on to helm the series going forward. Shapiro and Kruger are currently [...]

  • Apple TV Plus Reese Witherspoon Jennifer

    What We Know About 'Amazing Stories' And Other Shows Coming to Apple TV+

    Viewers got a sneak peek of upcoming shows coming to Apple TV+, Apple’s newly unveiled streaming service, during the company’s live-streamed event in Cupertino, Calif., on Monday. The stars and creators of the most highly anticipated projects like Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” and “The Morning Show” from Reese Witherspoon appeared on stage to reveal more [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content