An upcoming season of “American Crime Story” is centered around former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment and will be produced by Monica Lewinsky.
The third season of the FX network’s Emmy-nominated series will not only retell the stories of the 1990’s scandals that led up to Clinton’s impeachment hearings, it will have the former White House intern who infamously had an affair with Clinton while he was president helping with production.
The announcement on “Impeachment: American Crime Story” came Tuesday as FX chairman John Landgraf explained the franchise’s upcoming focus.
“This franchise re-examines some of the most complicated, polarizing stories in recent history in a way that is relevant, nuanced and entertaining. ‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’ will likewise explore the overlooked dimensions of the women who found themselves caught up in the scandal and political war that cast a long shadow over the Clinton presidency,” he said in a release, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
But the timing of the show’s third season episodes, set to begin airing Sept. 27, 2020, has some begging the network to reconsider.
“Airing this during the final six weeks of the 2020 election is an abysmal idea. I’m looking forward to seeing it, and I hope FX reconsiders the timing,” New York Magazine writer Mark Harris wrote on Twitter. “There is nothing that Trump would like more than to turn the homestretch of 2020 into a revisitation of the Clintons. Don’t do this, @FXNetworks. It’s a disservice to our fragile political system and to the talented people involved in this show.”
Landgraf pushed back during a Television Critics Association summer press tour conference on Tuesday.
“People are going to be very interested in this right around the presidential election and it’s going to be a great show,” he said in response to questions about the timing of the season and its effect on the 2020 election, according to the Washington Examiner.
“I think that’s a little hysterical, from my standpoint,” he replied to a suggestion that the episodes could prove “toxic” to the political climate just before the election.
Lewinsky, who will be working on the series when its starts production in February, will have her part played by actress Beanie Feldstein, who is the younger sister of actor Jonah Hill and has been seen in “Lady Bird” and “Booksmart.”
The third season of the Ryan Murphy-created series will feature a script by Sarah Burgess based on Jeffrey Toobin’s best-selling book, “A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.”
Linda Tripp, who was the former Pentagon employee who secretly recorded Lewinsky’s recounting of her relationship with Clinton, will be played by actress Sarah Paulson, who also played prosecutor Marcia Clark in the first season of “American Crime Story” which focused on the O.J. Simpson trial.
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