Some new stills added to the Felicity Huffman Source Gallery from American Crime.
New event photos added to the Felicity Huffman Source Gallery from the The 2016 Golden Globe Award Season party.
ABC has slotted the second season of its acclaimed anthology series “American Crime” for Wednesdays starting Jan. 6, the network announced. It will occupy the timeslot currently occupied by “Nashville,” which will be taking a winter hiatus.
The initial season of “American Crime” last spring was not much of a ratings performer on Thursdays for ABC, but earned plaudits from critics and 10 Emmy nominations. Regina King took home the Emmy for supporting actress in a miniseries.
ABC had originally planned to air the second season of another anthology series, “Secrets and Lies,” for Wednesdays at 10 during the “Nashville” hiatus but switched gears to “American Crime.” Its competition will include NBC’s “Chicago PD” and CBS’ “Code Black” as well as the concluding episodes of FX’s “American Horror Story: Hotel.”
FX hasn’t announced a premiere date or timeslot for its upcoming O.J. Simpson miniseries “American Crime Story,” which is expected to air in 2016, though it’s possible the network had penciled in the Wednesday at 10 slot where “American Horror Story” resides.
This season of the anthology series is set in the U.S. Midwest, representative of the canvas that is America, at two high schools, one public and one private. Issues of sexual orientation and socioeconomic disparity come to a boil when lurid photos of a high school boy, Taylor Blaine, are posted on social media following a school party. Executive producer John Ridley discussed the season two storyline with Variety during the summer.
Tons of new photos added to the Felicity Huffman Source Gallery from events she attended this Emmy Weekend.
Timothy Hutton said that you two would rehearse lines off set, but as soon as you both were on set, you avoided each other. Did you plan that?
You know, we didn’t, but part of the reason is I that adore Tim and so when I saw him, all I wanted to do was play: “Let’s be funny and play jokes.” I couldn’t do that (in character), so I literally had to just stay away from him. Barb carries her old wounds with her so prevalently that I had to kind of stay in the history of it. As you can tell, she’s never appropriate to the situation exactly. She’s very appropriate to her objective, but in terms of making friends and influencing people and getting things done, she’s not appropriate to it because her past has so clouded her future. I had to stay in that past on set. I don’t mean to sound all method and stuff. It took that level of concentration for me.
LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2014 winner: Jessica Lange)
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Queen Latifah, Bessie
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Emma Thompson, Sweeney Todd
As for Huffman, she plays the headmistress of the private school.
Hutton adds, “We work at the same place and an incident happens that we both have to put out full attention into. I’m not sure what the dynamic of that relationship is yet. I’m excited to find out more.”
“John [Ridley] said it’s going to be very different than Barb Hanlon, which is great because, although I love Barb, I don’t want to spend another four to five months with her. I’m not sure anybody wants to spend four months with Barb,” Huffman says with a laugh, joking that the next place she wants to see Hanlon is back at the Emmy Awards (which she’ll be attending with her husband, William H. Macy, who is also nominated this year, again for lead actor in a comedy).
At the center of the critically acclaimed series’ story arc is Huffman’s character, Barb Hanlon, a woman whose young war veteran son was brutally murdered during a home invasion robbery. Huffman fearlessly plays Barb, a mother hell-bent on getting what she perceives to be justice for her son, and the result is arguably one of the most compelling characters on television this year.
But to say the role is complex would be an understatement. In fact, we don’t honestly know how to describe Barb in a way that truly captures her.
“I didn’t quite, either,” Huffman confides, “and a good friend of mine said, ‘You know, she’s internally parched.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, you know, she is. She’s brittle. She’s been damaged and she’s pissed.’ And of course, one word for that is she’s a racist. But there you see the building of a racist, which I think is the genius of what John Ridley did.”