ABC began rolling out its midseason game plan late Friday, announcing that American Crime‘s second season will premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 10/9c. It replaces Nashville, which will resume its current fourth season in the spring.
Season 2 of American Crime — which finds Season 1 regulars Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Lili Taylor, Elvis Nolasco, Regina King and Richard Cabral returning in new roles — will be set in the Midwest, at two high schools (one public and one private).
Here’s the official (and highly detailed) synopsis:
“Issues of sexual orientation and socioeconomic disparity come to a boil when lurid photos of a high school boy, Taylor Blaine (Falling Skies‘ Connor Jessup), are posted on social media following a school party. Circumstances become more complicated when Taylor accuses two players on an elite private high school’s championship basketball team, Kevin LaCroix (Eureka‘s Trevor Jackson) and Eric Tanner (The Inbetweeners’ Joey Pollari), of drugging, assaulting and then posting the pictures of him online. The team’s Head Coach, Dan Sullivan (Hutton), tries to unite the players, while overlooking the dysfunction of his own family. Headmistress Leslie Graham (Huffman) struggles to maintain the school’s reputation in the face of accusations of privilege and cover up.
Taylor’s mother, Anne (Taylor), remains a steadfast supporter of her son, despite being publicly assailed by the school’s wealthy families, principle among them the LaCroixs. Taylor’s girlfriend, Evy (newcomer Angelique Rivera), deals with racial tension at her own school, led by Principal Chris Dixon (Nolasco). While the two schools at the center of the story are worlds apart in status, the lives of the students and teachers at both become inextricably linked.
Ultimately, support for Taylor comes from an unlikely place; a person who Taylor and his mother have never previously met, and who inhabits the fringes of the online community.”
The cast also includes American Crime newbie André Benjamin.