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ABC's 'American Crime': Much the same, and totally different

ABC's 'American Crime': Much the same, and totally different

"American Crime" emerged as the jewel in ABC's drama slate last season. The provocative series from Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley ("12 Years A Slave") about the cultural eruptions surrounding a brutal attack on a suburban white couple was praised by critics for its edgy subject matter and scored several Emmy nominations, including a win for supporting actress Regina King.

The drama also was applauded for its high-caliber performances by a cast that combined seasoned veterans such as Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman and Lili Taylor with several newcomers, including Elvis Nolasco and Richard Cabral.

Those performers have returned for the second...

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