The series explores the tensions between African-American citizens and Caucasian cops in Jersey City after a teenage African-American boy is critically injured by an officer. King will play the victim’s mother, a devout churchgoer who is shaken to her core by the incident.
King is also slated to return to American Crime for Season 3.
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* Buffy alum Charisma Carpenter will guest-star during Season 2 of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders as a yoga-obsessed divorcee whose traveling partner is suspected to have been killed by the Yeti while trekking in the Himalayas, TVLine has learned. The actress — who shared a photo from set on Instagram — appears in Episode 12.
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* Sam Worthington (Avatar) will star opposite Paul Bettany in Discovery Channel’s eight-episode Unabomber series Manifesto, our sister site Deadline reports. The actor will play FBI agent Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald, whose radical approach ultimately took down Unabomber Ted Kaczynski (Bettany). Additionally, Keisha Castle-Hughes (Game of Thrones) is in negotiations to portray Fitz’s street-agent partner, Tabby.
* Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live will debut a new (and much larger) studio, logo and name — Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen — on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 11/10c.
* BBC America has released new art for the Doctor Who Christmas special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, airing Sunday, Dec. 25 at 9/8c.