Emmy winner Felicity Huffman on timely themes of ‘American Crime’ season 3

American Crime” is an anthology series that tackles a new crime every season with a focus on social inequality. Season one dealt with the murder of a white man and the racial conflicts that surround the investigation. Then season two tackled income inequality and sexuality with its story of a rape investigation involving two high school boys. Season three couldn’t be more timely, addressing issues of immigration and those who profit from human trafficking, from pimps to businesses that hire undocumented laborers to save money.

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This third season stars Felicity Huffman as a struggling farmer forced to cut back on labor costs, Regina King as a dedicated social worker who truly wants to help those in need, and Benito Martinez as a father who travels illegally from Mexico to the United States to search for his missing son.

Huffman, who won the first of her two Comedy Actress Emmy bids for “Desperate Housewives” back in 2005, has reaped nominations for her leading roles in each of the previous two editions of “American Crime.” Speaking at the Paley Center premiere of season three, she lauded the creators. “Somehow, John Ridley and Michael McDonald have their finger on the pulse of what’s going on. I don’t know how that is, but when you’re in the zeitgeist.”

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As she explained, “It happened with Seasons 1 and 2 that it seemed not only reflective, but also prescient in what it was doing.This season has to do with xenophobia. We’re asking the question ‘Does someone have to lose in order for the other to win?’ and ‘How we can stop that divisiveness and come together?’”

“American Crime” has received a total of 14 Emmy nominations in its first two seasons, with King winning Best Movie/Limited Supporting Actress twice. Also returning for this new storyline are Richard Cabral, Connor Jessup, Lili Taylor and Timothy Hutton, who all had prominent roles in previous seasons of “Crime.”

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