ABC Sets American Crime, Secrets and Lies Premieres — and HTGAWM Finale

ABC’s midseason schedule will swap Crime for Murder, and Secrets for Resurrection.

The network announced on Wednesday the premiere dates for a pair of limited-run dramas: Secrets and Lies, starring Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis, will bow Sunday, March 1 at 9/8c (with a special two-hour premiere), while the Felicity Huffman vehicle American Crime, written by Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), kicks off Thursday, March 5 at 10/9c. The shows will have 10- and 11-episode seasons, respectively.

The latter show will take over the plum post-Scandal slot after How to Get Away With Murder airs its two-hour Season 1 finale on Thursday, February 26 at 9/8c.

ABC’s loglines for the two incoming series are as follows:

Secrets and Lies: Ben Crawford (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 (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 is based on an Australian hit of the same name, with Private Practice‘s Barbie Kligman writing the pilot and serving as executive producer.

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 also stars Timothy Hutton, W. Earl Brown, Penelope Ann Miller and Benito Martinez.

Excited about these ABC newcomers? Can you imagine a spring without Annalise Keating and her panicked students? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. Tim says:

    Watched the Australian version of Secrets and Lies on Netflix—it was pretty good—they told the story in six episodes.

  2. yankeesrj12 says:

    “ABC’s midseason schedule will swap Crime for Murder, and Secrets for Resurrection.”

    Shouldn’t this read “Will swap Murder for Crime, and Resurrection for Secrets”? The way its written now sounds like Murder and Resurrection are moving in, no?

  3. “Thursday, February 26 at 9/8c.” 27th.

  4. Neki says:

    Can’t wait for American Crime. Trailer looks great!

  5. Moment says:

    Nothing on The Whispers? Given that Steven Spielberg is attached to it made me curious more than anything.

  6. N says:

    Can’t wait for Secrets and Lies!

  7. H.Houston says:

    HTGAWM has a shortened season… I thought they were given more episodes

    • WayneInNYC says:

      I believe it was lengthened by just a couple of episodes. Originally, 13 episodes were ordered, it’s now up to 15, most likely to sow the seeds for Season 2. Viola Davis agreed to do the show with the provision that it would be no more than 15 episodes a season.

  8. greysfan says:

    Secrets and Lies sounds great and i can’t wait to see Felicity Huffman back on our screens in American Crime. I’ll definitely be checking them both out.

  9. Grey says:

    No word on when/what day Fresh Off the Boat will premiere?

  10. Rain says:

    Secrets and Lies was so good, they should have just shown the Australian version on american tv!

  11. Ally Oop says:

    Secrets & Lies and American Crime are the two best-looking new midseason network shows in my opinion. I wonder what’s going in the timeslot left behind by Selfie and Manhattan Love Story.

  12. Jenna says:

    Looking forward to both!

  13. ChicagoDan says:

    Interesting that both shows are limited series – but based on storylines probably doesn’t work as multi-season series.

  14. Tran says:

    HTGAWM Season Two is on the horizon. This could mean something involving Viola Davis’ contract.

  15. herman1959 says:

    I’m looking forward to American Crime on Thursdays, but I’ll keep my post-Resurrection Sundays free for PBS.

  16. Norma Brown says:

    I watched the Australian Secret and Lies and enjoyed it very much. I am curious if the American version will have the same ending. I was surprised when I watched the series Broadchurch on Netflix. I had first watched the American version called Gracepoint and the ending was different. Anxious to watch the American Secret and Lies and see what happens.

  17. John Thomas says:

    Secrets and lies is great – and the two lead stars make the show!!! Hope to see it return!