'American Crime Story' Season 3: Clinton Impeachment - Monica Lewinsky

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FX says the next chapter of its "American Crime Story" series will dramatize the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

Online criticism nearly immediately followed FX's announcement of the series, with some Twitter users complaining that the network's intended premiere date of September 27, 2020, could affect the final stretch of the presidential campaign.

Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart) portrays Lewinsky, with Emmy-winning American Crime Story alumna Sarah Paulson as Tripp, whose secretly recorded tapes triggered the scandal. No word yet on who will play the former president or Independent Counsel Ken Starr. Murphy originally optioned the book in 2017, but shelved plans to bring it to TV past year as he felt that such a project would be "gross" without the contribution of Lewinsky.

They had us at "Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp".

So the bar is pretty damn high for Season 3.

Discover your new favorite show: Watch This Now! "Impeachment" will go into production next year. When their dalliance became public, it created a huge scandal that contributed to impeachment proceedings being initiated against him in 1998. For Lewinsky to join American Crime Story: Impeachment, it must be worth reliving a painful time for her.

FX chairman John Landgraf responded at a Television Critics Association summer press tour conference Tuesday to questions over whether the timing of the third season's release could potentially affect the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, the Washington Examiner reported. "I feel completely unabashed about my pride for "American Crime Story'....there's a lot of nuance in this story that people don't know about yet". The writing's superb and the cast is superb.

"People have been co-opting and telling my part in this story for decades", she said.

This isn't just a me problem. "I won't even wait to pronounce judgment on it.' That's a toxic media environment", said Landgraf. "I think Beanie's was done actually before we closed Monica's, but whether Monica Lewinsky was aware of that deal, only Ryan Murphy would know the answer to that". I've read it. I think it's great. I don't believe it's going to determine who's the next President of the United States.

"I was hesitant, and truthfully more than a little scared to sign on", Lewinsky wrote.

While the Clintons and many commentators insisted the charges against the president were, as Hillary Clinton put it, the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy", in the #MeToo climate of today, the former president's actions and his attempts to cover them up look extremely inappropriate at best, and like a clear case of sexual harassment at worst. And it's really because of Sarah Burgess. "She comes from a younger, female, point of view, a feminist point of view. I think the fact that Monica, herself, wants to be involved in it when talking about a period in her life that was specifically traumatic, maybe tells you something about the quality of the material and the vibrancy of the revisionist history that that material can provide now".



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