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“Snubbed” is an imperfect term for the series and performers whose Emmy campaigns conclude Thursday morning—voters intend no disdain, to be sure—but it does capture the feeling of the TV Academy’s annual nominations. Alongside the usual suspects and pleasant surprises, there are inevitably a few disappointments, longtime favorites that lose out and freshman sensations that fail to break through. For those of us on the Emmy beat, in fact, lamenting the Academy’s selections and, yes, “snubs” is as much a rite of passage as celebrating the honorees.
The list below is far from exhaustive. For one thing, it largely excludes series that appear to be on the bubble; I’m not ready to give up on Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) in the Outstanding Lead Actress (Comedy) race, or on “The Americans” in the Outstanding Drama Series category, though both might well end up on the outside looking in. »
- Matt Brennan
Regina King is officially set to rejoin “American Crime” for Season 3, TheWrap has learned. The actress is the first of the cast to sign on for the third installment of John Ridley‘s ABC anthology series. Last year, she won an Emmy for her work on the drama’s first season. King’s co-stars have not yet joined the new season, but many are expected to return when the drama debuts with a new setting and characters. Season 2 also starred Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Lili Taylor, Elvis Nolasco, Trevor Jackson, Connor Jessup, Joey Pollari and Angelique Rivera. Also Read: ABC's »
- Reid Nakamura
“It was such a transformative experience being on that set,” says Joey Pollari as we chat via webcam (watch above) about his breakthrough role on “American Crime.” In the second season of ABC’s acclaimed anthology drama by Oscar-winning writer John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”), Pollari plays Eric Tanner, co-captain of a private school basketball team who becomes embroiled […] »
- Rob Licuria
While there has been a lot of justified praise for Connor Jessup on "American Crime," there's another young cast member of this ABC anthology series who deserves equal recognition: Joey Pollari. He plays Eric Tanner, the co-captain of the basketball team at an elite private school. After accusations of sexually assaulting another male student (Jessup) turn his life completely upside down, he is forced to confront his sexuality, desires and destructive behavior. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Emmy Predictions An accused rapist is not the type of person for whom would expect to feel compassion. And that is why Pollari's performance is so incredible. The actor plays his character's struggles in a measured way. When the realities of Eric's surroundings come into focus, it makes his performance heartbreaking. You genuinely feel sympathy for him, while by no means excusing »
"That is a good story. Doesn't make it the truth." American Crime's phenomenal second season came to a haunting close on Wednesday night, with viewers saying goodbye to the Leyland Academy and all of its player after ten episodes of near-impeccable storytelling and direction. But fans hoping for answers to some of the ABC drama's biggest questions—Was Taylor (Connor Jessup) really raped? If he was, did Eric (Joey Pollari) actually do it? Who leaked Anne's (Lili Taylor) medical documents?—did not get what they were looking for in the final installment. In fact, American Crime ended on several cliffhangers, mostly in regards to the future of Taylor, Eric and other major players. So »
Hitting the reset button on an acclaimed series can go in different directions, as evidenced by the second seasons of “Fargo” (terrific) and “True Detective” (not). ABC’s “American Crime” fell squarely into the former camp, buoyed by sensational performances and a twisty narrative, even if the finale didn’t quite measure up to all that preceded it.
Series creator John Ridley’s grim, spare and sobering series certainly possesses a premium-cable feel, and the ratings, frankly, have reflected those limitations. Although the template for using what amounts to a repertory of actors has been established in FX’s “American Horror Story,” the different roles for key players should only heighten appreciation of their talents, with season two producing an abundance of Emmy-worthy work.
In a way, the connective tissue for “American Crime’s” two runs – even more than a tragic series of events, steadily escalating situation and outwardly sedate »
- Brian Lowry
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched the season two finale of “American Crime.”
After a season filled with questions — what really happened at the captains’ party? — “American Crime” ended with even more. Did Taylor (Connor Jessup) accept the plea deal? Did Eric (Joey Pollari) get into the car?
But that’s exactly the point, says executive producer John Ridley. “I would like people to read as much into it as they possibly can,” he tells Variety.
Whatever truly happened that fateful night, the fallout ultimately rippled throughout the community, impacting everyone from the head of school (Felicity Huffman) who thought she’d escaped unscathed, to the hacker (Richard Cabral) who set out for social justice but wound up a target himself, to the Sullivan family (Timothy Hutton and Hope Davis) who saw their daughter headed off to jail.
Not to put too fine a point on it, »
- Debra Birnbaum
Before you do anything else, American Crime fans, you might want to breathe a sigh of relief.
Over the course of the last 10 weeks, the ABC drama hasn’t given viewers many moments of levity, as its sophomore season tackled the heavy issues of sexual assault, social class and mental health, among others.
But in Wednesday’s season finale, Taylor Blaine, Eric Tanner and a number of other characters came to the end of this particularly harrowing chapter — even if the outcome wasn’t ideal or, in some cases, even shown to the audience at home. (And we should all »
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched episode seven of “American Crime.”
The episode opens with another revelation: Anne Blaine’s (Lili Taylor) medical records have come out, making public her history of mental illness. “Are you asking me because you care, or are you asking because you want something to write about?” she asks a reporter.
Tensions are mounting between Leyland headmaster Leslie Graham (Felicity Huffman) and basketball coach Dan Sullivan (Tim Hutton). Whatever bond they once had has clearly fractured; Dan suspects her of leaking Anne’s medical records, and accuses her not doing enough to defend his basketball players.
But this hour is all about Taylor (Connor Jessup), who’s beaten and bruised at the hands of the basketball team. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Paul Lee got pushed out today at ABC. There are many things you can ding the man for about his reign as head of that network: the misguided initial version of The Muppets, greenlighting Work It! and Mixology (and scheduling the latter after Modern Family, while letting Trophy Wife die on Tuesdays), failing to turn either of his Marvel shows into hits (Agent Carter, by far the better of the two, seems unlikely to see a third season at this point), and struggling in general with any dramas not created or produced by Shonda Rhimes. At the same time, Lee was wise enough to turn over as much prime time real estate as he could to Shondaland, and he's turned ABC into a great place for family comedies that are smart, funny, and reflective of what America looks like in 2016. Lee also not only greenlit American Crime, but ordered a »
- Alan Sepinwall
With each passing week, this season of ABC’s “American Crime” (from executive producer John Ridley) has raised the emotional stakes — and the conclusion of episode six (spoiler alert if you aren’t caught up) left Taylor Blaine (Connor Jessup) in even more jeopardy.
Set up by Eric Tanner (Joey Pollari), Taylor was lured for a late-night meeting but found himself targeted for a beating by the basketball team — led by Kevin Lacroix (Trevor Jackson) — who were primed for revenge.
Here, Jessup gives Variety a preview of this week’s pivotal episode, which finds Taylor ever more isolated and desperate. “It takes a pretty dark turn,” he says.
Things didn’t look good for Taylor at the end of last week’s episode.
Things are perpetually not good for Taylor. He has been building towards a breaking point the whole series. He felt so helpless and powerless and ineffective and lost and increasingly alone. »
- Debra Birnbaum
American Crime fans, consider yourselves warned: By the time the credits roll on Wednesday’s episode, Taylor Blaine will be irrevocably changed.
For the past six weeks, Connor Jessup‘s distressed character has tried to put the kibosh on any further rape investigation at Leland High, if only to stop the pain being caused to him and his loved ones.
But on the heels of getting jumped by the school’s basketball team — a trap he was led into last week by captain Eric Tanner — Taylor will be on the hunt for vengeance in the ABC drama’s next installment (10/9c), according to Jessup. »
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Ashmore’s character, Sam, is an assistant district attorney who isn’t pleased that Atwell’s character has taken the job he wants: the boss of Los Angeles’ Conviction Integrity Unit. (Little does he know, she was blackmailed into taking the position.)
Chicago P.D.’s half of this Thursday’s crossover with Svu drew 8.3 million total viewers and a 2.0 rating (per finals), rising 15 percent and three tenths to deliver its second-largest audience of the season and tie a season high in the demo.
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Elsewhere in the ratings….
Fox | American Idol (9.2 mil/2.2) ticked down one tenth, »
A word of warning to the characters on American Crime: That phone call you’re about to make is probably not a good idea.
When Season 2 of the ABC drama began, Lili Taylor’s Anne Blaine made a 911 call (“I’d like to report a rape”) that rocked both her and her son’s worlds, with arguably very little payoff. And on Wednesday’s episode, history repeated itself when Joey Pollari‘s Eric Tanner picked up his cell phone and dialed rape accuser Taylor, asking if the two could hash things out at the local rec center.
But that »
It's the scene everyone watching American Crime has been waiting for. While the entire second season thus far has been about the fateful meeting between Eric (Joey Pollari) and Taylor (Connor Jessup) that happened at a basketball team party, the one that's launched a legal investigation and rocked a small town due to the male-on-male rape accusation, we've actually never seen the two characters share a scene together. That's about to change in tonight's episode of the ABC drama. "There might be a brief interaction, but not in the way you might think," star Joey Pollari told E! News at the Savannah College of Art and Design's aTVfest television festival in Atlanta. »
If anyone can make terminal illness funny, it’s probably five-time Emmy winner Candice Bergen.
The former Murphy Brown herself has been cast as the title character in ABC’s comedy pilot Pearl, TVLine has learned.
The logline for the single-camera series is as follows: “When a larger-than-life family matriarch finds out she has cancer, she becomes intent on controlling and orchestrating every aspect of her family’s life before she dies.”
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The project is written and executive-produced by Andrew Reich (Friends) and directed by »
As we've seen again and again, the second season of American Crime is all about perception. The theme is explored once more in this episode, with a pair of conflicting accounts about the same sexual encounter.First, we hear Taylor's (Connor Jessup) story. The young man, whose rape accusation sparked the season's main narrative, is listening as his aggressively sexual texts are read back to him. It gets much more intense from there. In front of the police and his mother, Taylor admits to having had sex one time before the basketball party and to sending the texts to Eric (Joey Pollari). However, Taylor says he never gave Eric permission to go as far as he did. He never said yes. He was drugged and Eric took advantage of him, even putting something in his mouth to keep him quiet. Afterward, Eric left him to crawl out on his own. »
- Brian Tallerico
The Performer | Emmy Rossum
The Show | Shameless
The Episode | “The F Word” (Jan. 24, 2016)
The Performance | Sunday’s episode of Shameless was titled “The F Word” after a scathing song written by Fiona’s estranged husband, Gus. While “The F Word” stood for nothing nice between the ex-lovers, Emmy Rossum’s emotional display during the hour was rated F for fantastic. Though we’ve come to expect that kind of stellar work from the actress — this isn’t her first time as our Performer of the Week — watching her nail a challenging scene still leaves us in awe.
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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read if you didn’t watch Wednesday’s episode of “American Crime”) The truth is out after Wednesday’s episode of “American Crime.” Following a failed suicide attempt, Eric finally admitted that he’s gay, telling his coach that his sexual encounter with Taylor was consensual. But that doesn’t mean things will get any easier now that he’s out, at least not according to Joey Pollari, who portrays Eric on the ABC drama. Also read: 'American Crime' Star Connor Jessup Exclusive StudioWrap Portraits (Photos) “We’ll see over the next few »
- Reid Nakamura
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