ABC will be debuting the first episode of American Crime on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT. American Crime is written, directed and produced by John Ridley (screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave) and stars Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, W. Earl Brown, Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Benito Martinez, Penelope Ann Miller, Elvis Nolasco, and Johnny Ortiz. Season one will consist of 11 episodes.
The network also announced that the murder mystery Secrets and Lies will premiere on March 1, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT. The 10 episode season one will star Ryan Phillippe, Juliette Lewis, KaDee Strickland, Natalie Martinez, Dan Fogler, Indiana Evans, and Belle Shouse.
Secrets and Lies is based on the Australian show created by Stephen Irwin. The American version was developed by Barbie Kligman who executive produces with Aaron Kaplan, Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield, and Charles McDougall. McDougall also directed the pilot.
The American Crime Plot:
A young couple in Modesto, California were brutally attacked in their home leaving Matt Skokie, a war vet, murdered, and his wife, Gwen, unconscious, barely hanging on. The crime sends shock waves throughout the community stirring up tensions across socioeconomic and racial lines in this gritty new drama – from the points of view of all those involved.
The Secrets and Lies Plot:
Ben Crawford (Ryan Phillippe) is about to go from Good Samaritan to murder suspect after he discovers the body of his neighbor’s young son, Tom Murphy, in the woods. Even as Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) digs for the truth in her investigation and pegs Ben as a “person of interest,” the case unfolds from Ben’s perspective — whether he is guilty or not. In trying to clear his name, it is Ben who peels back the layers of these suburbanites’ lives in their quiet cul de sac, revealing their dirty little deceptions and all-too-crowded closets overflowing with skeletons. No one is above suspicion. Ben’s family’s life, already privately in disarray, is turned upside down as he sets out on a complicated journey to prove his innocence.
-By Rebecca Murray
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