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Everything We Know About 'Impeachment: American Crime Story'

The latest season of the anthology is taking on the Clinton presidency scandal.

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After several seasons of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s anthology American Horror Story proved to be a certified hit, the showrunning duo turned to a different pulpy genre for another anthology: American Crime Story. Executive produced by the two, screenwriting duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, Nina Jacobsen, and Brad Simpson, the result was just as big of a success-if not bigger. Dramatizing major pop-culture true-crime stories, like the trial of O.J. Simpson and the manhunt for Gianni Versace’s murderer, Andrew Cunanan, the series fleshed out cases with incredible casts, garnering critical acclaim and a handful of Golden Globe and Emmy wins, including Best Limited Series.

A year and a half after Season 2 aired in 2019, it was finally announced that the show would be back-and for what could be its most buzz-worthy, scandalous season yet-delving into the Clinton presidency scandal. Considering the show was announced just a year out from the 2020 election and in production during not one but two impeachments of Donald Trump, revisiting yet another presidential scandal might sound exhausting. Or, with the right cast and crew, it could make for very watchable prestige TV and an exploration of the case like people have never seen before. With the show on the horizon, we’re breaking down everything we know about Impeachment: American Crime Story so far.

When will Impeachment: American Crime Story be released?

Impeachment will premiere on Thursday, September 7 on FX, airing weekly on the network, and episodes will be available to stream the following day on Hulu’s FX hub. Fans of the anthology who watched The People vs. O.J. Simpson and The Assassination of Gianni Versace will be excited to know the new installment is finally on the way, considering the first two seasons aired back in 2016 and 2018, respectively.

The season was actually originally supposed to air just six weeks out from the 2020 election, with its first premiere date set for September 2020. Those plans got pushed back due to Ryan Murphy’s busy schedule in January 2020 (maybe for the best!), and then, of course, the pandemic pushed those plans back even further, with the series not even able to start filming until fall 2020. You will officially be able to revisit the ’90s chaos come September, though.

Who is in the cast? 

The first two seasons of ACS were as great as they were largely due to the star-studded casts. As you can expect, that’s where things get exciting with Impeachment, too. Some seriously interesting names have been attached to the project in lead roles since the beginning: Beanie Feldstein, known for her breakout roles in Lady Bird and Booksmart will star as Monica Lewinsky; Annaleigh Ashford (Masters of Sex, ACS Season 2) will play civil servant Paula Jones, who sued President Clinton for sexual harassment; and No. 1 Ryan Murphy collaborator Sarah Paulson will transform into civil servant Linda Tripp, who exposed the scandal. Shots of Paulson surfaced while the show was filming, and she’s nearly unrecognizable in the role. (The big ’90s hair is also out in full-force.)

The rest of the cast is also stacked with A-listers. Clive Owen (Closer, Children of Men) will take on the POTUS at the center of the affair, and Carmela Soprano herself, Edie Falco, will portray Hillary Clinton, which was actually the final casting announcement in spring 2021. Betty Gilpin, who you likely rooted for on GLOW, will now be getting on your nerves as Anne Coulter, as she authored the 1998 book High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton, arguing for his impeachment and contributing to her rise to fame. She won’t be the only media pundit on the series: Comedian Billy Eichner (Billy on the Street, Difficult People) is playing Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge, who reported the news of the scandal before mainstream outlets. 

Sarah Paulson will be sharing a fair amount of screen time with Margo Martindale (The Americans, Justified), who joined the cast in 2019 as literary agent Lucianne Steinberger Goldberg. It was Goldberg who met and befriend Linda Tripp around the time of the scandal and convinced her to record her conversations with Monica Lewinsky. 

Colin Hanks (Fargo, Life in Pieces) is also supposed to appear in the cast, but his role hasn’t been announced.

Who are the showrunners? 

The cast itself is pretty intriguing, and so are the names behind the series. Most interestingly, and importantly, is that Monica Lewinsky herself is on as executive producer.

The series actually would have never existed without her involvement. Ryan Murphy gained the rights to the season’s source material, Jeffrey Toobin’s 2000 book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President, back in 2017, but halted the project because Lewinsky had yet to sign on. At the time, he told The Hollywood Reporter he had told her, “Nobody should tell your story but you, and it’s kind of gross if they do. If you want to produce it with me, I would love that; but you should be the producer, and you should make all the goddamn money.”

Then, a little over a year later in 2019, Lewinsky joined the team, giving the series the green light, and explained to Vanity Fair she made the decision to pursue the project because she’s recently felt ready to “fully reclaim [her] narrative” and “reintroduce [her] voice into the conversation.” She wrote to the publication, “Powerful people, often men, take advantage of those subordinate to them in myriad ways all the time. Many people will see this as such a story and for that reason, this narrative is one that is, regretfully, evergreen.”

As for the rest of the behind-the-scenes crew, playwright Sarah Burgess (Drypowder, Kings) wrote the screenplay and executive produces alongside Lewinsky, ACS veterans Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, and others.

What will Impeachment: American Crime Story be about? 

The miniseries will closely follow what led to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment by the House of Representatives in 1998, revolving around his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, with whom he had “sexual relations,” and how the scandal surfaced. Because the FX series re-examines infamous cases, bringing what’s considered one of the biggest political controversies in American history to screen will be no different. It’ll continue to focus on a specific perspective, which FX Chairman John Landgraf spoke to in a statement upon the series renewal, saying the show will “explore the overlooked dimensions of the women who found themselves caught up in the scandal and political war that cast a long shadow over the Clinton Presidency.”

Since 28-year-old Beanie Feldstein, who’s known for her roles playing teenagers, is portraying the then-22-year-old intern, the show will likely bring to light the age difference and power dynamics at play, and how much the young woman was ridiculed, which was often ignored at the time. Considering Lewinsky is now an anti-bullying advocate, it definitely seems like those details will be portrayed more extensively than they have been in the past. The same goes for Paula Jones’ story, which has seldom gotten the attention that the rest of the Clinton scandal has. Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Sadie Bell is the entertainment editorial assistant at Thrillist. She’s on Twitter at @mssadiebell.

Entertainment

Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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