Pasadena, CA – When critics look back on the most important programs of 2017 two that will undoubtedly rise to the top are ABC’s upcoming limited series When We Rise and the third season of the network’s outstanding franchise American Crime. The former takes a deep dive back to the early years of the AIDS crisis, when tens of thousands of Americans were mercilessly struck down by a “new” disease that nobody understood, fueling fresh waves of prejudice against the gay community (long before the arrival of the Internet). The latter, in keeping with the narrative thrust of its first two seasons, will once again explore current (though hardly new) social issues that continue to tear the country apart in other ways (with an assist from the Internet). Both of these programs are passion projects from writers who have been honored with Academy Awards.
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