With the same tense, staccato rhythm that introduced its flawed, fascinating debut, the trailer for Season 2 of “American Crime” (ABC) tackles yet another fraught subject: rape. “You need to be very careful with that word,” a private school’s headmaster (Felicity Huffman) says to the mother (Lili Taylor) of a male student (Connor Jessup) who’s been sexually assaulted. The anthology series, from Oscar winner John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”) returns Jan. 6.
Though the series’ willingness to investigate challenging material from multiple angles remains in place, along with Season 1 cast members Timothy Hutton, Elvis Nolasco, and Emmy winner Regina King (also stunning in “The Leftovers,” on HBO), the new season’s narrative is wholly independent of the first. Set in Indianapolis, Ind., the story follows an adolescent basketball player who accuses several teammates of rape, and the varied responses from members of the school’s tight-knit community. Hope Davis and Andre Benjamin are among the additions to the cast.