ABC announced premiere dates today for Oscar winner John Ridley’s groundbreaking new drama “American Crime,” and gripping murder mystery “Secrets and Lies,” starring Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis.
The 10 episode drama series “Secrets and Lies” premieres Sunday, March 1 (special time 9:00-11:00 PM; regular time slot 9:00-10:00 PM), and 11 episode “American Crime” premieres Thursday, March 5 (10:00-11:00 PM).
Below are ABC’s synopses for each of these shows, both of which I highly recommend.
AMERICAN CRIME — 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.
“American Crime” stars Felicity Huffman as Barb Hanlon, Timothy Hutton as Russ Skokie, W. Earl Brown as Tom Carlin, Richard Cabral as Hector Tontz, Caitlin Gerard as Aubry Taylor, Benito Martinez as Alonzo Gutiérrez, Penelope Ann Miller as Eve Carlin, Elvis Nolasco as Carter Nix and Johnny Ortiz as Tony Gutiérrez.
SECRETS AND LIES – 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.
“Secrets and Lies” stars Ryan Phillippe (“Damages,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Flags of Our Fathers”) as Ben Crawford, Juliette Lewis (“August Osage County”) as Detective Cornell, KaDee Strickland (“Private Practice”) as Christy Crawford, Natalie Martinez (“Under the Dome,” “CSI: NY”) as Jess Murphy, Dan Fogler (“The Goldberg’s,” “Hannibal”) as Dave Lindsey, Indiana Evans (“Blue Lagoon: The Awakening”) as Natalie Crawford and Belle Shouse as Abby Crawford.
At the same time, ABC also announced the season finale of the hit drama “How to Get Away with Murder” which will air on Thursday, February 26 at 10/9c.
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