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ABC's 'American Crime,' USA's 'Dig' up the ante on Thursdays

ABC's 'American Crime,' USA's 'Dig' up the ante on Thursdays

Even by the high standards of this age of exploration and discovery, Thursday night is a pretty big night for television.

Two shows are poised to debut that are not only admirably ambitious but also move their respective networks several giant steps out of their comfort zones and into space previously reserved for prestige cable.

John Ridley, who won an Oscar for the screenplay of "12 Years a Slave," brings his highly anticipated "American Crime" to ABC, while "Homeland's" Gideon Raff has teamed with Tim Kring ("Heroes") to create "Dig" for USA.

Though tonally divergent — "American Crime" is a gritty and...

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