By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 23, 2014 at 11:22AM
We'll be seeing a lot of Regina King during the next season, both in front of and behind the camera apparently.
First, in front of the camera, the actress has joined the cast of John Ridley's new ABC drama series, "American Crime," and will return to CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" to reprise her role.
"American crime," which Ridley is writing, directing and executive producing, follows a racially-charged murder case and the trial that follows, as audiences will experience the murder and trial through the eyes of several different people who are, in some way, connected to the events. It'll frankly tackle matters of race, class and gender politics in the USA.
King will play the devoutly religious sister of one of the series' key characters, who comes to Modesto in order to help her brother handle a judicial system that she believes is stacked against him.
King will appear in 7 episodes of the new series, with an option for two additional.
As for her return to CBS' "The Big Bang Theory"... The show is primarily centered on 5 characters living in Pasadena, California: roommates Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper, both physicists; Penny, a waitress and aspiring actress who lives across the hall; and Leonard and Sheldon's equally geeky and socially awkward friends and co-workers, mechanical engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali.
Regina King plays a Mrs. Davis (a role she first played in 2013), who is the head of human resources where the physicists are employed, who previously was responsible for questioning Sheldon after he landed in hot water following an uncomfortable conversation with his sexy assistant, Alex (Margo Harshman).
Meanwhile, behind the camera, King will direct the 16th episode of ABC's "Scandal" during its fourth season, although she will not be appearing on the series as well. Just directing an episode that will air during the second half of the upcoming 4th season.
This comes after the actress made her feature film directing debut with a TV adaptation of author ReShonda Tate Billingsley's novel "Let the Church Say Amen," which is set up at BET, but hasn't yet aired.