Starring: Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, W. Earl Brown, Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Benito Martinez, Penelope Ann Miller, Elvis Nolasco, Johnny Ortiz
Created by John Ridley
Written by John Ridley, Directed by John Ridley
THE PREMISE: American Crime is a new crime drama anthology with each season being a long-form crime investigation. In the first season, it centers on the murder of Matt Skokie in Modesto, California. Heading up the cast is Matt's divorced parents, Barb (Felicity Huffman) and Russ (Timothy Hutton). Arrested for the murder is hispanic teen Tony Gutierrez (Johnny Ortiz), who has a protective father, Alonzo (Benito Martinez). Rounding out the main cast in a mostly separate (but sure to unite eventually) storyline are street thug Carter Nix (Elvis Nolasco), his druggie girlfriend Aubry (Caitlin Gerard), and veteran of the streets Hector (Richard Cabral).
BOTTOM LINE: The season-long murder mystery has been a bit of a trend this season on broadcast TV. Unlike the campy and melodramatic Secrets and Lies or the knockoff Gracepoint, this one seems truly original and interesting. I am far more interested in how this resolves but only because it seems to be more about the process than a typical "who did it" type of show. I want this show to work so creators and writers feel like they can do these types of shows on network TV.