American Crimes Regina King is set to come back as a series regular on the second season of ABC’s anthology crime drama, joining fellow American Crime co-stars Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton. All three will play new characters in a new setting.

In announcing King’s return, American Crime creator/executive producer John Ridley lifted the veil on SeasoAmerican_Crime_ABCn 2’s subject matter and how King’s character would fit in it. “Regina is phenomenal in all regards, and is going to be at the center of a story that deals with physicality, sexuality, and societal boundaries with the same urgency as our first season dealt with race and faith,” he said. “We’ve been blessed with the opportunity to speak on subjects as no other show does, and a cast which can do so with such a high degree of emotional honesty.

12 Years A Slave writer Ridley executive produces American Crime with Michael J. McDonald for ABC Studios. Like the first installment, which followed the aftermath of a murder in Modesto, California, Season 2 will film in Austin Texas, with production likely to begin in July.

While ratings have been very modest, American Crime has been widely praised by critics and is expected to garner awards attention for Ridley as well as multiple cast members, including Huffman, Hutton and King, in the limited series Emmy categories.

Like was the case with the maiden season of another anthology series, FX’s American Horror Story, I hear the actors on ABC Studios-produced American Crime all had one-year deals going in, so new contracts needed to be hammered out. One or more additional original cast members may also continue in Season 2.

King is repped by ICM Partners and John Carrabino Management.