ABC Sets ‘American Crime’ Season 2 Premiere Date

Emmy-winning anthology series will return Jan. 6

ABC has set the premiere date for the second season of the anthology series “American Crime.”

The John Ridley-created series, which earned supporting actress Regina King an Oscar in its first season, will return to the network Jan. 6. It will aire Wednesdays at 10 p.m. during the mid-season hiatus of “Nashville,” which currently occupies that time period.

Season 2 of “Secrets and Lies” had originally been slated to fill in for “Nashville” during the hiatus.

Season 2 moves the series to one public and one private school in the Midwest. Issues of sexual orientation and socioeconomic disparity come to a boil when lurid photos of a high school boy 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 of drugging, assaulting and then posting the pictures of him online.

The second season of “American Crime” stars Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Lili Taylor, Elvis Nolasco, Trevor Jackson, Connor Jessup, Joey Pollari, Angelique Rivera and Regina King. Andre Benjamin, Hope Davis and Richard Cabral have recurring guest roles.

Ridley serves as executive producer, along with Michael J. McDonald on the series from ABC Studios.