Should American Crime be lucky enough to score a Season 4 pickup at ABC, the acclaimed anthology drama will delve into another very timely issue: injustice in the workplace.
At Sunday’s Emmy-themed Contenders event, presented by TVLine’s sister site Deadline, exec producer Michael McDonald revealed that a potential fourth season would center on “women in the workplace,” before citing the recent sexual harassment scandals enveloping Uber and Fox News (Bill O’Reilly specifically) as examples.
McDonald then acknowledged that despite the continued support of the network and ABC Studios, a renewal is far from a slam-dunk given the series’ anemic Nielsens. “Unfortunately with broadcast television it’s very hard to get an audience,” he lamented. “Our audience may not be there right now.”
American Crime‘s current third season is tackling such weighty, relevant themes as immigration and financial inequality. “If there isn’t a Season 4, I’m so honored that this is our last season,” noted franchise vet Felicity Huffman at the Contenders event. “I think ABC has changed the face of network TV and what network TV can do.”