Emily Bergl Cast in ABC’s ‘American Crime’ Season 2

“Shameless” vet will appear in a recurring role opposite Timothy Hutton in anthology series

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 31: Actress Emily Bergl attends the premiere of TV Land's "Younger" at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on March 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Emily Bergl is joining the cast of “American Crime” for Season 2.

The “Shameless” star will have a recurring role on the ABC anthology crime drama when it returns in 2016, joining previously announced newcomers Joey Pollari, Stephanie Sigman, Andre Benjamin and Hope Davis. She will play Lillah Tanner, the mother of Pollari’s character Eric. Her family becomes embroiled in the fallout of an alleged sexual assault.

“We’ve had a lot of success bringing in talent with varied backgrounds. Emily’s done Broadway, televisiom,” said series creator John Ridley in a statement. “And being able to get her coming off of ‘Shameless;’ the timing for us was just right. Our show really lives on being able to present as many voices as possible, and Emily simply adds to them.”

First-season cast members Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Richard Cabral, Regina King, Elvis Nolasco and Regina King are returning to the show for Season 2, all as different characters.

The series earned 10 Emmy nominations, including acting nods for Huffman, Hutton, Cabral and King.

“American Crime” will return for Season 2 on ABC next year.