John Ridley’s anthology crime series American Crime will be taking a page from American Horror Story‘s playbook. During an upfronts press call today, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee revealed that the second installment of American Crime will feature some of the actors from the first season playing different characters.
“It’s a completely different scenario and a completely different crime, placed in a different part of America,” Lee said of Season 2. He said that Ridley has “very specific new roles” for some cast members from American Crime‘s first season. He wouldn’t elaborate on any names, but one or both of the leads, Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman, as well as a couple of supporting players, are rumored to be on the list.
Like was the case with the maiden season of FX horror anthology series American Horror Story, I hear the actors on American Crime all have one-year deals, so new contracts need to be hammered out. After the first season, AHS inked multi-year pacts with some key players, most notably Jessica Lange, who have continued to come back playing different roles.
Lee also was asked whether the upcoming 12th season of Grey’s Anatomy and eighth season of Castle will be the series’ last in light of the recent exit of original Grey’s male lead Patrick Dempsey and difficult renegotiations with Castle stars Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, with the contracts of Grey’s leading lady Ellen Pompeo as well as at least one of the Castle leads up again at the end of next season. He dismissed any talk of endgame for either show.“I would like to see them run for many, many years to come,” he said, singling out Grey’s and its creator Shonda Rhimes. “She has great plans for next season and many years beyond,” he said.
Lee also addressed ABC’s decision to shelve plans for a S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff toplined by Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood. “We love (their) characters on S.H.I.E.L.D., which is really hitting its creative stride this year,” he said. So the network instead opted to bring back Agent Carter, which Lee said “finished its season strong.” He would not talk about the secret Marvel drama Ridley has been working on beyond acknowledging its existence.
On the call, Lee also laid out the network’s midseason scheduling plans, which I have included in the updated ABC 2015-16 schedule story.