‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’ Shines a Fresh Spotlight on the Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal

‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’ Shines a Fresh Spotlight on the Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal
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Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s anthology American Horror Story proved to be a huge hit with a cult following, and their new series is gripping audiences just as much. Now we’re about to hit season three, Impeachment: American Crime Story.

The official trailer for the third anthology of FX’s American Crime Story has been released (and we’ve included it below for your viewing pleasure), so it seems as good a time as any to take a look at everything we know so far.

A recap of the first two seasons?

The anthology follows major true-crime stories that have made it into popular culture. Season one followed the trial of O.J. Simpson, and season two took on the manhunt for Gianni Versace’s murderer, Andrew Cunanan.

What can we expect from Impeachment: American Crime Story?

The third season will follow the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, more importantly, it’ll “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”, according to FX Chairman John Landgraf.

Consider post #MeToo re-examinations of the event shine a glaring light on how much the 22-year-old intern was villainized despite the obviously unbalanced power dynamics thanks to age, status and other factors, I’d say there’s a lot there to explore.

What’s the release date for Impeachment: American Crime Story?

Impeachment: American Crime Story is set for a September 8 release date on Binge. New episodes (there will be 10) will drop weekly on the streaming service and will be available on the platform for 35 days, so don’t mess around.

If you want to get a feel for the American Crime Story tone, you can check out The Assassination of Gianni Versace and The People V. OJ Simpson on Netflix.

Who’s in the Impeachment: American Crime Story cast?

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Image supplied. Beanie Feldstein, Impeachment: American Crime Story

Image supplied. Clive Owen Impeachment: American Crime Story

Much like the first two seasons, you’ll be getting a pretty star-studded cast. So far we know Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird, Booksmart) will star as Monica Lewinsky, Annaleigh Ashford (Masters of SexACS Season 2) will play the civil servant who sued President Clinton for sexual harassment, Paula Jones, and Sarah Paulson will play Linda Tripp, the civil servant who exposed the scandal. Edie Falco (The Sopranos) will play Hillary Clinton.

You’ll also see Clive Owen (CloserChildren of Men), Betty Gilpin (Glow), comedian Billy Eichner (Billy on the StreetDifficult People) and Margo Martindale (The AmericansJustified)

Who are the showrunners?

Impeachment: American Crime Story is Ryan Murphy’s baby, and Sarah Burgess (DrypowderKings) wrote the screenplay. However, Monica Lewinsky herself is on the list of executive producers, and reportedly the season never would have happened without her. She told FX Chairman John Landgraf it was time to reclaim her narrative.

“People have been co-opting and telling my part in this story for decades. In fact, it wasn’t until the past few years that I’ve been able to fully reclaim my narrative; almost 20 years later”.

This article has been updated since its original publish date. 

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