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[03/25/14 - 10:36 PM]
2014 ABC Program Development Guide - Drama Series
ABC details its 12 drama pilots under consideration for next season.

[03/07/14 - 11:19 PM]
Development Update: Friday, March 7
Updates include: Felicity Huffman tapped for "American Crime" at ABC; Rebecca Romijn cast in NBC's "The Pro"; and Dave Annable scores a role in FOX's "Red Band Society."

[03/05/14 - 11:01 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, March 5
Updates include: Patricia Arquette to lead latest "CSI" spin-off at CBS; Diogo Morgado cast in The CW's "The Messengers"; and Penelope Ann Miller, Timothy Hutton board ABC's "American Crime."

[03/03/14 - 11:37 PM]
Development Update: Monday, March 3
Updates include: Rob Brown to find "Salvation" for NBC; Bryan Singer signs on to helm "Battle Creek" at CBS; and Stacey McGunnigle tapped as lead on NBC's "Ellen More or Less."

[02/21/14 - 11:50 PM]
Development Update: Friday, February 21
Updates include: Matt Ryan tapped as "Constantine" at NBC; Ioan Gruffudd to live "Forever" for ABC; and Becki Newton joins "Weird Loners" over at FOX.

[02/14/14 - 11:44 PM]
Development Update: Friday, February 14
Updates include: Jane Krakowski to lead FOX's "Dead Boss"; Alyson Hannigan to spend "More Time with Family" at CBS; and Mary-Louise Parker-led "Feed Me" gets pilot order at NBC.

[01/21/14 - 11:19 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, January 21
Updates include: Jesse L. Martin joins The CW's "The Flash"; Rashida Jones to lead "Tribeca" at TBS; and NBC opts not to proceed with its Octavia Spencer-led "Murder, She Wrote" revival.

[01/14/14 - 11:14 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, January 14
Updates include: Showtime gives "Web Therapy" a fourth season; Zach Cregger tapped as "Fatrick" at FOX; and Hilary Duff joins TV Land's "Younger."

[10/24/13 - 11:13 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, October 24
Updates include: Octavia Spencer eyed for "Murder, She Wrote" revival at NBC; ABC gives 10-episode order to "Secrets & Lies" import; and The CW adds another period drama in "Players."







AMERICAN CRIME (ABC)
DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:
10/24/13 - 3/25/14
STATUS:
currently in development (2014-2015 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE:
ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, March 2014) The humble city of Modesto is far inland from San Francisco, surrounded by farmland. Parts are pastoral, while others are grittier with rising crime due to gangs, drug trafficking and addiction. All over the news are reports about a young couple who were attacked in their home. Matt Skokie, a war vet, was killed and his wife, Lily, was raped and beaten unconscious. This tragedy sends shock waves into the community, stirring up tensions across racial lines, and connecting victims, suspects, and their families. Matt's father Chuck (Timothy Hutton) has flown in from Arizona for the grim job of identifying his son's body. He and his ex-wife Barb (Felicity Huffman) haven't seen each other in a long time and she is still angry with Chuck for his gambling addiction that destroyed their family. Barb became a struggling single mom and regrets having to raise Matt and his brother in public housing - as the only white kids there, they were badly treated. Chuck got the help he needed to overcome his addiction, but it took a lot of time to repair his relationship with his sons. They are at the hospital with Lily's parents, Tom and a tearful Eve, watching over their unconscious daughter. They still believe there is life in her, but doctors tell them that they are pessimistic that she will ever recover, even if she wakes up. The two couples have to decide whether they talk to the press. Tom and Eve are not ready, but Barb wants to keep the story front page so the people who did this to their children are arrested. It's been several days and no arrests. But that will soon change. The police are about to arrest four suspects. There's teenager Tony Gutiérrez raised by single father, Alonzo. He insisted that Tony and his daughter, Jenny, steer clear of gangs and trouble. But, Tony rented out a car from his father's garage to a thug named Hector Tontz... mainly because he was too scared to refuse. Because that car was at the scene of the crime, Tony is arrested. Later, Hector is arrested with force after he was caught using victim Matt's credit card. Police get Hector, who proclaims his innocence, to give up petty crook Carter. He and his 20-year-old white girlfriend, Aubry, are methheads and always looking to buy. They are broke and desperate, and have a knack for finding trouble, like at a club when black girls beat up Aubrey for being with a 'brother.' Cops burst into their apartment and arrest the couple. Is it possible they knew the victims? The investigation takes a turn when a search of the couple's home reveals a disturbing secret. The case has just gotten bigger and the players will have their lives torn apart. A racially charged drama, from the point of view of the victims, the accused, and their families - written and produced by Oscar winner John Ridley (12 Years A Slave).
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Benito Martinez as Alonzo Gutierrez
· Caitlin Gerard as Aubry Taylor
· Elvis Nolasco as Carter Nix
· Felicity Huffman as Barb Skokie
· Johnny Ortiz as Tony Gutierrez
· Penelope Ann Miller as Eve Harmon
· Richard Cabral as Hector Tontz
· Timothy Hutton as Chuck Skokie
· W. Earl Brown as Tom Harmon
CREW INFORMATION:
· John Ridley as CRTR/EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Michael McDonald as EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· ABC Studios