11:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
Regina King Returning for 'American Crime' Season 2
Regina King is returning to the scene of the Crime.
The actress has signed on as a series regular for the second season of American Crime, ABC announced Tuesday.
She joins fellow returning stars Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton, who will all play new roles in season two of the anthology drama. In season one, King recurred as Aliyah, the devoutly religious sister of Carter (Elvis Nolasco), who ventured to Modesto in order to help her brother navigate a judicial system that she believed was stacked against him.
Creator and executive producer John Ridley will return as will executive producer Michael McDonald. ABC Studios will produce the drama, which is slated to come back midseason.
"Michael McDonald and I couldn’t be more excited to have Regina back for season two of American Crime," said Ridley. "She’s phenomenal in all regards, and is going to be at the center of a story that deals with physicality, sexuality and societal boundaries with the same urgency as our first season dealt with race and faith. We’ve been blessed with the opportunity to speak on subjects as no other show does, and a cast which can do so with such a high degree of emotional honesty."
In addition to her on-camera work, King has also directed episodes of Scandal, Being Mary Jane and her TNT cop drama Southland.
King's other credits include The Big Bang Theory, Ray and Jerry Maguire. She will next be seen on season two of The Leftovers, which premieres this fall on HBO. She is repped by ICM Partners and John Carrabino Management.