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Benito Martinez
TV picks: 'American Crime,' 'Dig,' 'The Returned'
TV picks: 'American Crime,' 'Dig,' 'The Returned'

“American Crime”—Using the newly minted anthology style of “True Detective,” John Ridley’s new series is a wide-ranging exploration of race, class and gender, a gratifying breakthrough for television that moves by means of slipstream portraits of a wide variety of lives. The murder of a young man and the brutal attack on his wife in Modesto, Calif., reverberates through the victims' families and the community, revealing connections and conflicts both personal and political. The young man’s father, Russ (Timothy Hutton), is thrust back into contact with his ex-wife, Barb (Felicity Huffman), a woman tightly wound around bitterness toward Russ,...