FX has announced the next season of “American Crime Story,” and they’d be hard-pressed to find a more relevant title, let alone subject, for today’s turbulent political moment. “Impeachment: American Crime Story” will focus on the women swept up in President Bill Clinton’s 1998 impeachment proceedings, specifically Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky (who will serve as a producer), and Linda Tripp.
Production is slated to begin in February 2020, and FX has already set a Sunday, September 27, 2020 release date for the new season.
“FX’s ‘American Crime Story’ franchise has become a cultural touchstone, providing greater context for stories that deserve greater understanding like the O.J. Simpson trial and saga, and Andrew Cunanan’s tragic crime spree which concluded with the assassination of Gianni Versace,” FX Networks and Productions Chairman John Landgraf said in a statement. “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 star “The People v. O.J. Simpson” star (and Emmy winner) Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp, along with “Booksmart” star Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky, and Annaleigh Ashford (“Late Night”) as Paula Jones.
No other casting has been announced, but the limited series is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book, “A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.” Toobin also wrote the novel “The People v. O.J. Simpson” was based on, “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
Sarah Burgess is writing the season, which (per FX’s synopsis) “unravels the national scandal that swept up Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp as principal characters in the country’s first impeachment proceedings in over a century.” Burgess also serves as executive producer alongside Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, Alexis Martin Woodall, and Sarah Paulson. Monica Lewinsky will serve as a producer, along with Henrietta Conrad and Jemima Khan.
“‘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,” Landgraf said. “We are grateful to Sarah Burgess for her brilliant adaptation, as well as Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sarah Paulson and the rest of the creative team and cast.”
Both of the previous installments of “American Crime Story” won the Outstanding Limited Series Emmy. Season 1 earned 22 nominations and nine wins, while Season 2 took home 19 nods and seven wins.