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.

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  1. Great and deserving actress! She has come a long way since 227!

  2. Vlada says:

    great news!!!!
    such a wonderful actress on such a great show!!!
    judging by the trailers, this looks like the best network drama in ages! MARK MY WORDS….if some network drama is going to be nominated for an Emmy, that’s the one! (still crying about Good wife emmy snub)
    so…wonderful Regina, great job! :)

  3. I love her! Maybe this role will bring some emmy attention her way..She was SNUBBED for “Southland” hell the whole series was was the best show on air!

    • Erin says:

      That’s what I was going to post. She got the shaft when it came to “Southland.” Like you said, the whole series did!

  4. Joey says:

    Hmmm… has there been any news on if she’ll be reprising her role on Shameless this next season as well?

  5. herman1959 says:

    I’m always glad to see Regina on anything. Maybe a regular part on a network show might get he some notice from the Emmy nom com. I do have one worry though – the premise sounds similar to The Divide, but who knows what shows will still be around at midseason.

  6. Michael Earl says:

    King is also the voice of both Huey and Riley on The Boondocks. And I agree with the sentiment about Southland. King was great as Det Lydia Adams as was Michael Cudlitz and the rest of the Southland cast.. Attention from the Emmys would be nice and it was deserved for Southland imo, but what I’m really hopeful for. Is that RK lands another leading role on a solid, well made show like Southland.

  7. Ray says:

    She is a love!!!!!