BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) — The next chapter of FX’s American Crime Story will dramatise Bill Clinton’s impeachment with a focus on Monica Lewinsky, Linda Tripp and other women central to the scandal.
The miniseries will air within weeks of the 2020 presidential election.
Lewinsky, who was a White House intern when she had an affair with Clinton, will be a producer on the project, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said in announcing the project at a Television Critics Association meeting on Tuesday.
Clinton initially denied the affair before admitting to it in 1998.
The series is scheduled to air on September 27, 2020, about five weeks before the November 3 election. Landgraf, asked whether the proximity gave the network pause, defended the timing and cautioned those who might judge the project sight unseen.
“I believe very, very strongly in what we’re making. I’ve read it (the script), I think it’s great. I don’t believe it’s going to determine who’s the next President of the United States (US). I think that’s a little hysterical,” he said.
American Crime Story producers, including Ryan Murphy, have brought nuance and perspective to events dramatised in the series’ previous installments, The People v. OJ Simpson and The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Landgraf said.