ABC’s ‘American Crime’ Draws Setting Concerns with Modesto Locals [WATCH VIDEO]

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
ABC’s ‘American Crime’ Draws Setting Concerns with Modesto Locals [WATCH VIDEO]

ABC’s midseason mystery drama, “American Crime,” has added two more supporting characters to its cast. Meanwhile, as the show depicts Modesto as its setting, some locals have raised their concerns about it. Read on to learn more about this news story.

“American Crime” revolves around the story of the murder of a young white couple inside their home. It also charts the arrest, investigation and trial of its suspected murderers, exploring themes around race, gender and class. The series stars Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton, who play Barb and Russ, the parents of one of the murdered victims. The midseason drama series is from John Ridley, producer of the Oscar-winning film “12 Years a Slave” and it’s mostly filmed in Texas. The show, however, is fictionally set in Modesto, and because of that, it’s been drawing some reactions from Modesto residents.


The “American Crime” crew was recently in town to do some location shots of Modesto’s landmarks, according to the same report. However, according to ABC, the series as a whole is being filmed in Austin.

“It’s a sensationalistic, inaccurate media portrayal of fictitious crime in our community that exploits victims of crime and our community. Given the challenges we face in public safety such as addiction, mental illness, the unemployment rate and quality-of-life issues, you have to ask yourself the question, why Modesto?” said Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, as published in ModBee. He draws his reaction based on the early teasers released about the series, which you can watch below.

The Chief of Police in Modesto, Galen Carroll, however, does not think that the series will leave any negative impression on the community, citing that the theme of the show can be applied to anywhere in the United States. Carroll also said that Modesto is a place with “good people who make great neighbors” in real life.

Incidentally, Modesto has already been featured in shows like “Sons of Anarchy” and “Criminal Minds” as the home of troublemakers and serial killers. ABC representatives apparently did not say the reason why Modesto was chosen as the fictional setting for “American Crime.”

Meanwhile, it was announced that Aussie actor David Hoflin and young actor Julian Works will be joining “American Crime.” Hoflin will assume the role of Mark Skokie, the son of Barb (Huffman) and Russ (Hutton), the show’s central characters. Mark comes to Modesto to support his parents who just found out this devastating news about his sibling. Works, meanwhile, will play the role of Edgar, who will help Tony (Johnny Ortiz) who is in the juvie system.

And that’s the update on “American Crime,” which comes to ABC in the spring, in 2015. Follow the updates  about this series only here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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