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AMERICAN CRIME
Air Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017
Time Slot: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#301) "Season Three: Episode One"
[NOTE: The following article is a press release issued by the aforementioned network and/or company. Any errors, typos, etc. are attributed to the original author. The release is reproduced solely for the dissemination of the enclosed information.]

SEASON PREMIERE

ABC'S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AND EMMY AWARD-WINNING SERIES 'AMERICAN CRIME' RETURNS WITH A POWERFUL NEW STORY THAT EXPLORES ALL SIDES OF THE AMERICAN DREAM, PREMIERING SUNDAY, MARCH 12 ON ABC

Guest Starring Sandra Oh and Cherry Jones

This season takes place in Alamance County, North Carolina, and explores issues of forced labor, sex trafficking, immigration, socioeconomic divides, individual rights and how we are all a part of an economy that often prospers on economic oppression. The season premiere of "American Crime" is SUNDAY, MARCH 12 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

"Season Three: Episode One" - An undocumented worker, Luis Salazar, travels from Mexico into the United States in search of a job, only to discover that modern servitude is thriving in the farmlands and agricultural communities. Promised work and a place to live, laborers find themselves required to pay exorbitant rates for shelter, food and other essentials. What little money they make is often collected directly by their employers. Workers find themselves caught in perpetual debt and without recourse because of their legal status. Undocumented workers aren't the only people targeted by this system. Coy Henson is a young, white American male, estranged from his family and hopelessly addicted to drugs.

Lured by farm crew chief Isaac Castillo with the promise of steady work, Coy soon realizes that an opportunity to turn is his life around has devolved into another form of dependency.

Hesby Farms, a struggling family-owned tomato farm, is forced to cut back on labor costs in order to be competitive in a market that continuously demands lower prices. Jeanette Hesby, who married into the family that owns the farm, begins to learn the shocking truth behind their wealth. Her turmoil will eventually force her to make a moral decision, which could put her at odds with the family.

Kimara Walters is a dedicated social worker who truly wants to help those in need. Unattached, single and in her forties, she desperately wants to have a baby and is finding it hard to get pregnant, even with the help of modern medicine. When Kimara meets Shae Reese, a 17-year-old prostitute, Kimara wants to help Shae get out of the business, turn her life around and testify against her pimp in court.

"American Crime" stars Regina King as Kimara Walters, Felicity Huffman as Jeanette Hesby, Connor Jessup as Coy Henson, Richard Cabral as Isaac Castillo and Benito Martinez as Luis Salazar.

Guest starring are Sandra Oh as Abby Tanaka, Cherry Jones as Laurie Ann Hesby, Tim DeKay as JD Hesby, Janel Moloney as Raelyn, Dallas Roberts as Carson Hesby, Ana Mulvoy Ten as Shae Reese, Josh Drennen as Flemming and Colby French as Wilkens.

"Season Three: Episode One" was written by John Ridley and was directed by So Yong Kim.

"American Crime" is created and executive produced by Oscar-winner John Ridley ("12 Years a Slave"). Michael J. McDonald and Julie Hébert also serve as executive producers. "American Crime" is produced by ABC Studios.

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AMERICAN CRIME (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
3/5/15 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (spring 2017)
TIME SLOT:
sundays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
3 (8 episodes)
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, January 2017) When a father, Luis Salazar (Benito Martinez), travels illegally from Mexico into the United States to search for his missing son, he discovers that modern servitude is thriving in the farmlands and agricultural communities. Promised a job and a place to live, these laborers find themselves forced to live in abject poverty. Required to pay for their own food and other essentials, what little money they make is paid back to their employers, and because they will forever be in debt, they can never leave. Undocumented workers aren't the only people targeted by this system. Coy Henson (Connor Jessup) is a young, white American male, estranged from his family and hopelessly addicted to drugs. When he happens upon farm crew chief Isaac Castillo (Richard Cabral), he takes the opportunity to get his life back on track. But as he desperately tries to free himself of his addiction, he begins to become suspicious of Isaac's promises and aware of the injustices taking place on the farm. Hesby Farms is a struggling tomato farm, forced to cut back on labor costs in order to be competitive in a market that continuously demands lower prices. Jeanette Hesby (Felicity Huffman), who married into the family that owns the farm, begins to learn the shocking truth behind their wealth. Her turmoil will eventually force her to make a moral decision which could put her at odds with the family. Kimara Walters (Regina King) is a dedicated social worker who truly wants to help those in need. Unattached, single and in her forties, she desperately wants to have a baby and is finding it hard to get pregnant, even with the help of modern medicine. When Kimara meets Shae (Ana Mulvoy-Ten), a 17-year-old prostitute, she wants to help her get out of the business, turn her life around and take a stand against her pimp. Nicholas Coates (Timothy Hutton) owns a furniture supply business and is feeling the sting of buyers wanting quality items at discounted prices. At home, he finds himself in a marriage where memories of the past seem much more pleasant than the present. His wife, Clair (Lili Taylor), decides that she wants to hire and provide a working visa for a Haitian woman, Gabrielle (Mickaëlle X. Bizet), to be their son's nanny. But darkness seems to embroil this family, and Gabrielle soon discovers that her employment comes with a steep price. "American Crime" stars Felicity Huffman ("Desperate Housewives," "Transamerica") as Jeanette Hesby, Regina King ("The Leftovers," "Jerry Maguire") as Kimara Walters, Timothy Hutton ("Ordinary People," "Leverage") as Nicholas Coates, Lili Taylor ("Mystic Pizza," "Six Feet Under") as Clair Coates, Connor Jessup ("Falling Skies") as Coy Henson, Richard Cabral as Isaac Castillo and Benito Martinez ("The Shield") as Luis Salazar. Recurring guest stars this season include Cherry Jones ("24") as Laurie Ann Hesby, Janel Moloney ("The West Wing") as Raelyn Boone, Dallas Roberts ("Walk the Line") as Carson Hesby, Ana Mulvoy-Ten ("House of Anubis") as Shae Reese, Clayton Cardenas as Diego Castillo, Sandra Oh ("Grey's Anatomy") as Abby Tanaka, Mickaëlle X. Bizet as Gabriella Durand and Tim DeKay ("White Collar") as JD Hesby.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Angelique Rivera as Evy Dominguez (Season 2)
· Connor Jessup as Taylor Blaine (Season 2)
· Elvis Nolasco as Chris Dixon (Season 2)
· Felicity Huffman as Leslie Graham (Season 2)
· Joey Pollari as Eric Tanner (Season 2)
· Lili Taylor as Anne Blaine (Season 2)
· Regina King as Terri LaCroix (Season 2)
· Timothy Hutton as Dan Sullivan (Season 2)
· Trevor Jackson as Kevin LaCroix (Season 2)
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Benito Martinez as Alonzo Gutiérrez (Season 1)
· Caitlin Gerard as Aubry Taylor (Season 1)
· Elvis Nolasco as Carter Nix (Season 1)
· Felicity Huffman as Barb Hanlon (Season 1)
· Johnny Ortiz as Tony Gutiérrez (Season 1)
· Penelope Ann Miller as Eve Carlin (Season 1)
· Regina King as Aliyah Shadeed (Season 1)
· Richard Cabral as Hector Tontz (Season 1)
· Timothy Hutton as Russ Skokie (Season 1)
· W. Earl Brown as Tom Carlin (Season 1)
CREW INFORMATION:
· John Ridley as CRTR/EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Michael McDonald as EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· ABC Studios