Will ‘American Crime’ ride wave of great reviews to Emmys?

When it comes to TV miniseries at the Emmys (or “limited series” as they’re now called) cable is king. Over the last decade, the broacast networks have been shut out of this race. It looked like ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox had conceded defeat and given up on producing and airing quality longform projects altogether. But ABC has a real contender in the Best Limited Series category this year with the critically acclaimed “American Crime.” Indeed, it could very well win. 

According to our exclusive Gold Derby odds, “American Crime” sits in second place at 11/2 behind HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge” at 17/10. Click here to make your Emmy predictions for Best Limited Series as well as other drama, comedy, variety, and reality categories. You can also use our drag-and-drop menu below to get started.

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Those lower odds for “American Crime” means you’ll earn more points if you predict it to win and end up being correct. Don’t forget, if there’s a tie amongst users for the highest prediction accuracy, the winner will be the person with the most points. That’s when it becomes advantageous to place your special 500 and 200 point bets on categories where you’re predicting longshots to be nominated.

“American Crime” is about the aftermath of a home invasion that leaves a respected war veteran dead and his beauty queen wife on life support. We get a glimpse into the lives of the victims, their families, the offenders and law enforcement and follow the story from arrest to trial.

From the mind of Oscar-winning writer John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”), it stars Emmy winner Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”) and Oscar champ Timothy Hutton (“Ordinary People”). Critics have embraced the show, with many noting that it is the sort of fare more likely to be found on FX or AMC or HBO rather than on ABC Thursday nights. It rates a solid 84 at MetaCritic.

Huffman is well positioned to reap a Best Movie/Mini Actress bid with 14/5 odds while Hutton is in ninth place in Best Movie/Mini Actor at 25/1

Last year, the miniseries category was reinstated after being combined with TV movie for three years during which the genre was almost an extinct species on the TV landscape. FX’s “Fargo” took the prize against other edgy cable fare, and it was yet another reminder that quality longform productions were to be found on cable networks.

The last time a broadcast network contended for this award was back in 2005 when CBS’ “Elvis” reaped a bid; it lost to PBS’s “The Lost Prince.”  And the last broadcast mini to win was ABC’s “Anne Frank: The Whole Story” in 2001.

Can “American Crime” win this award again for the alphabet net? 

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