The third season of American Crime Story has been announced and is once again heading back to the 1990’s. Following the hugely successful first two seasons, including The People v. O.J. Simpson and The Assassination of Gianni Versace, both of which cleaned up at award shows, the anthology true crime series is now setting its sights on the impeachment of former U.S. President Bill Clinton with Impeachment: American Crime Story.
Based on the Jeffrey Toobin book “A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President,” the third season will chronicle Clinton’s charges of perjury and obstruction of justice that followed his denial of an affair with then 22-year-old intern Monica Lewinsky. Actor Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart, Lady Bird) is set to star as Lewinsky, with Lewinsky on board to produce.
The new season will also star Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp, the White House worker and close friend of Lewinsky who became an integral piece of the impeachment after coming forward with tapes of phone calls that she had secretly recorded and included Lewinsky confiding to Tripp about her affair with Clinton. Paulson, who won a Critic’s Choice Award and a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for playing Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson, will also co-produce.
Set to premiere in September 2020, Impeachment: American Crime Story will be written by Sarah Burgess and produced by Paulson and Lewinsky, as well as Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuck, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, and Alexi Martin Woodall. Fox and FX have yet to announce who will play Clinton, but we recommend anyone who was on SNL in the late 1990’s.
Lewinsky was hounded by the press in the months following the impeachment scandal and spent years unable to find work. The former White House employee managed to survive the devastating character assassination in the media and in recent years has re-emerged as an anti-bullying activist. In 2018, she appeared in the documentary series The Clinton Affair. Lewinsky told Vanity Fair that being in the A&E docu-series included “Many, many moments when I questioned not just the decision to participate, but my sanity itself. Despite all of the ways I tried to protect my mental health, it was still challenging.”
In March, Lewinsky appeared on Last Week Tonight With John Oliver in an episode about public shaming. Speaking about the lasting effects the affair has had on her life, Lewinsky said that in some ways it may have been better to have endured her public shaming at a time when social media was prevalent. “It might have been worse in that there would have been a lot more opinions out there, but where it may have been better would have been that I think I would have heard some support from people,” said Lewinsky. “It might have been a little more balanced.”