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Former President Bill Clinton’s (1993-2001) sex scandal with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky came to television on Tuesday with “American Crime Story: Impeachment,” the new series from producer and screenwriter Ryan Murphy.
“Impeachment” premieres Tuesday night on FX with Beanie Feldstein in the lead role, bringing Lewinsky to life.
Feldstein, who is the sister of fellow actor Jonah Hill, is one of Hollywood’s most promising young actresses and has recently shined in “Lady Bird” (2017) and “Booksmart” (2019).
“Impeachment” also counts in its cast Sarah Paulson, inseparable collaborator of Ryan Murphy in all his projects and who here gives life to Linda Tripp, Lewinsky’s friend; Clive Owen, who plays Bill Clinton, and Edie Falco, who takes on the role of Hillary Clinton.
This series is the third “American Crime Story” offering following the applauded “The People v. OJ Simpson” and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”
“Impeachment” tells the story of Lewinsky and her relationship with then U.S. President Bill Clinton, who was impeached over the scandal, which nearly resulted in his removal from office.
Ryan Murphy based this series on the book “A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President” by Jeffrey Toobin.
One of the most interesting points of the project is that Lewinsky joined the series as an executive producer.
In an interview with The New York Times published last week, Lewinsky reflected on the difficulties in dealing with the past and going back to that traumatic time in her life.
“When you’ve made a colossal mistake like I did so early in my life, and you’ve lost so much because of it, the idea of making a mistake is a catastrophic thing,” she said.
“But despite that, in order to get ahead I have to take risks. I have to try things. I have to continue to define who I am,” he added.
Different projects for “American Stories.”
Murphy, the man responsible for hits like “Glee” (2009-2015), has focused much of his output under the “American Stories” franchise, a fuzzy and ever-expanding concept that groups different series with very different goals and self-conclusive seasons (anthology series, according to industry jargon).
“American Horror Story”, premiered in 2011, has been running for ten seasons now, tackling horror topics such as the 2016 American elections (“Cult”, seventh season).
“American Crime Story,” a project about famous criminal and judicial intrigues, will have a fourth season after “Impeachment,” which will explore the influence and legacy of the iconic New York club Studio 54.
In addition, Murphy announced in August that he will launch “American Sports Story,” a new series about the world of sports, beginning with the story of Latino Aaron Hernandez.
He also plans to develop “American Love Story,” another new series that, this time, will revolve around great love stories and whose first season will tell the story of the romance between John F. Kennedy Jr., son of former President John F. Kennedy (1961-1963), and Carolyn Bessette.
The idea of backbone his production through “American Stories” also has some entrepreneurial mischief on Murphy’s part.
The creator signed in 2018 a mega-contract with Netflix for 5 years and 300 million dollars, but reserved the right to continue working with FX in the series he already had in progress or in projects derived from them (“spin-off”).
In this way, the “American Stories” brand allows it to continue collaborating with FX without betraying its pact with Netflix, with whom it launched series such as “Hollywood” or “Ratched” and films such as “The Prom” in 2020.