jridleyABC has given a pilot green light to American Crime, a drama from John Ridley, writer of the slavery feature 12 Years A Slave. The TV project, which also tackles racial issues, is set in California’s Central Valley. It centers on a racially charged murder and the subsequent trial, which are examined through the personal lives of the players involved. The case takes on greater meaning in the community, bringing to the forefront America’s hardened views on race, class and gender politics. Ridley wrote the script and is executive producing with former ABC Studios head of drama-turned-producer Michael McDonald through ABC Studios. 12 Years A Slave has emerged as a leading Oscar contender following its Golden Globes win on Sunday. Ridley started in television before focusing primarily on features for the past few years. American Crime joins other ABC drama pilots How To Get Away With Murder, Sea Of Fire as well as series Secrets & Lies.