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Andre Benjamin

'American Crime' shifts to class, schools in stellar second season

"American Crime," in hindsight, was a less-than-ideal title -- and something of a misnomer -- for John Ridley's bracing ABC franchise, making it sound too much like FX's upcoming "American Crime Story" and established "American Horror Story." Granted, the show has largely adopted the latter's anthological template, featuring several recurring players in new roles while telling a self-contained story. The main difference is that Ridley's series is thoughtful, sobering and spare -- this time, shifting its focus from race...

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