After exploring the trial of OJ Simpson and the assassination of Gianni Versace, Ryan Murphy’s anthology series American Crime Story is returning for a third season – this time taking a look at the impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton.
The series will depict the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal that almost led to the deposition of the President in the mid-1990s, with Lewinsky herself acting as a producer on the series, ensuring her side of the story is told.
Impeachment: American Crime Story had been all set to start production before the coronavirus pandemic hit, and has faced inevitable delays since, but its been reported that a tentative start date is now in place.
Read on for everything you need to know about Impeachment: American Crime Story.
When will Impeachment: American Crime Story be released?
It’s been reported by Deadline that a tentative production start date of 13th October is being targeted, significantly later than the originally planned date.
Production had been all set to begin back in March, but the coronavirus pandemic put an end to those plans and the show’s release date will be much later than anticipated as a result.
The US premiere for the series was originally slated for September 2020, before the US election, which caused some criticism given concerns about the potential sway the show could have on the election results.
In early January 2020, FX announced it would be putting a pin in season’s three launch date, though FX chairman John Landgraf has stated the decision was due to the show’s expected “long production” rather than general election concerns.
“[Exec producer] Ryan [Murphy] is probably objectively the busiest man in show business… and he’s not available to start production until March 21 of this year,” Landgraf told reporters during the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “So that means we won’t be physically done actually shooting the episodes until October, because of the long production.
“So I think we initially announced that we’d air in September, and I don’t think that’s reasonable, frankly, given that it won’t finish production until October.”
Of course given that production is only starting in October rather than finishing, the actual release date will be significantly later than originally planned – although we’re still waiting on information regarding an actual date.
The BBC has confirmed that as with The Assassination of Gianni Versace, it will be airing this instalment of the anthology series, most likely at a date later than the US premiere.
What is Impeachment: American Crime Story about?
Impeachment will follow the uproar surrounding the affair of 49-year-old US President Bill Clinton and 22-year-old Monica Lewinsky (an intern at the White House).
The series will portray the repercussions of their liaison which started with a sexual harassment case (filed by Paula Jones) against Clinton that eventually spiralled into him being impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice in 1998.
Who is in the cast of Impeachment: American Crime Story?
British film star Clive Owen has unveiled to play Bill Clinton, the President at the heart of a scandal.
He joins stars including Beanie Feldstein (Monica Lewinsky) who will appear alongside previous ACS cast members Sarah Paulson (Linda Tripp) and Annaleigh Ashford (Paula Jones). Paulson portrayed Marcia Clark in The People v OJ Simpson, while Ashford appeared as Elizabeth Cote in The Assassination of Gianni Versace. They are joined by another Ryan Murphy alum, Billy Eichner, who was in American Horror Story: Apocalypse.
Margo Martindale has also been confirmed as Lucianne Goldberg, while GLOW’s Betty Gilpin plays conservative media pundit Ann Coulter.
Impeachment: American Crime Story will premiere in the UK sometime after the US release on 27th September 2020. If you’re looking for more to watch, check out our TV Guide.