*“Southland” alum Regina King will be a busy actress this year with three confirmed projects in the pipeline.
King has been cast in John Ridley’s hourlong ABC drama “American Crime” with a major season-long arc and will return to CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” to reprise her role. Following both projects, King will then head back to ABC to direct the 16th episode of “Scandal’s” fourth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“American Crime,” written, executive produced and directed by the “12 Years a Slave” Oscar winner and starring Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman, examines the personal lives of the players involved in a racially charged trial as their worlds are turned upside down.
King will play the devoutly religious sister of Carter who comes to Modesto in order to help her brother navigate a judicial system that she believes is stacked against him.
She’ll film the seven-episode role with an option for two additional installments until mid-November, filming one episode of “Big Bang Theory” while shooting the ABC drama, after which she will head to “Scandal” to direct in February. (She will not have an onscreen role in the ABC drama.)
On “Big Bang,” King portrays the university’s director of human resources, where she has an awkward relationship with Jim Parsons’ Sheldon, Kunal Nayyar’s Raj and the rest of the gang.