Regina King Joins American Crime Drama, Books Big Bang Encore

Regina King

Southland alum Regina King has booked a major arc on the ABC midseason drama American Crime.

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Written by 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner John Ridley and set in California’s Central Valley, the series centers on a racially charged murder and the subsequent trial, which are examined through the personal lives of the players involved.

Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Timothy Hutton (Leverage), Benito Martinez (Sons of Anarchy), W. Earl Brown (Deadwood) and Penelope Ann Miller (Mistresses) lead the American Crime ensemble. Per The Hollywood Reporter, King will appear in at least seven episodes as the devoutly religious sister of a murder suspect.

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Amidst her Crime run, King will also pay a return visit to CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, where she recurs as the university’s HR director, Janine Davis.

The actress currently is recurring on FX’s The Strain as a(n infected) rock star’s manager.