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Monica Lewinsky to Produce FX’s New “American Crime Story” Called “Impeachment”

The Clinton era scandal will be released right before the 2020 election

Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky
A new series co-produced by Monica Lewinsky follows the Clinton era impeachment process. (Getty Images)
By Kirk Miller / August 7, 2019 11:06 am

There’s an impeachment miniseries coming to a cable network, and the subject matter is about two decades removed from the first name that comes to mind.

FX’s dramatized and Emmy-winning American Crime Story — which has already tackled tabloid killers such as Andrew Cunanan and O.J. Simpson — just announced Impeachment: American Crime Story, a miniseries focusing on the women caught up in the 1998 impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton, including Paula Joes, Linda Tripp and Monica Lewinsky, who serves as a producer on the series.

According to Indiewire, production begins in February, with a September 27, 2020 release date … or about six weeks before the next presidential election.

Impeachment [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,” said FX Networks and Productions Chairman John Landgraf.

Soon after the announcement, Landgraf defended the timing of the show’s release (after admitting “people are going to be very interested in this right around the election.”) At the Television Critics Association summer press tour, he added, “I believe very, very strongly in the art we’re making. I don’t think ‘Crime Story’ is going to decide the next presidential election. I think that’s a little hysterical [to say that] from my standpoint.”

Beanie Feldstein
Beanie Feldstein will play Monica Lewinsky in the new FX limited series (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

The series starts Sarah Paulson, Beanie Feldstein (as Lewinsky) and Annaleigh Ashford, and is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.

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