The American Crime Podcast, hosted by film critic and radio personality Elvis Mitchell, takes an in-depth look at the groundbreaking new television drama American Crime THURSDAYS 10|9c on ABC. Each week will feature a candid conversation with the show's creator and Executive Producer, Oscar®-winning screenwriter John Ridley, along with an array of show talent as we discuss the latest episode, character storylines, and other timely topics and themes. We'll also share an insider's look at the creative and technical process that brings each episode to life, including scriptwriting, directing, editing, scoring, and more.
EPISODES: PODCAST 1 | PODCAST 2
In the second episode, show creator John Ridley, Executive Producer Michael McDonald, and Editor Luyen Lu Vu sit down to discuss the series premiere of American Crime.
Plus, check out these riveting moments from the series premiere, "Episode One."
Russ Breaks Down: Matt's father Russ Skokie (Timothy Hutton) is contacted in the middle of the night and summoned to identify his son's body. After confirming the body is indeed Matt's, Russ excuses himself to have a private gut-wrenching breakdown in the bathroom.
Aubry Gets Beaten Up: Carter Nix (Elvis Nolasco) and his girlfriend Aubry Taylor (Caitlin Gerard) are getting high at a party when she stops to use the restroom. There, Aubry is confronted by a couple of girls looking to score drugs. When she denies them, they know she's lying and beat her up, taking her drugs in the process. When Carter finds her, she's beaten to a bloody pulp.
Barb Brings Up a Dark Past: Following a session with a therapist, Russ and his estranged ex-wife Barb (Felicity Huffman)bicker on the car ride back. The bickering escalates into a full-on argument, with Barb dredging up Russ' dark past: a gambling addiction that tore the family apart and left Barb as a single mother to her sons.
Tony Messes Up... Big Time: With his overprotective father Alonzo (Benito Martinez) constantly watching, young Tony Gutierrez (Johnny Ortiz) just wants to make his own decisions. Apparently, that includes lending out Alonzo's car to the wrong people, such as the likes of Hector Tontz (Richard Cabral). It's a mistake that has some major consequences, including Tony getting arrested for murder.
Matt's Secret Comes Out: Russ meets with Detective Thompson, who provides him with some shocking news: police found mass amounts of drugs in Matt's house. The amount found, as well as the packaging, indicates the drugs were more than just for his own personal use, and it's suspected that Matt was a drug dealer. The news comes as a shock to Russ, who considered himself very close to his son and knew nothing about this aspect of his life.
It's a tough week for everyone involved, especially for Barb and Russ who lost their son. Coming up next week, they come face-to-face with the suspects, Aubry and Carter, for the first time at the arraignment hearing. Will Barb and Russ get closer to closure? Meanwhile, Tony finds himself terrified when he's placed into juvenile detention.
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