There is little doubt that the trial of O.J. Simpson was one of the most watched real-life drama on television, ever. Over 20 years later, FX debuted their new anthology series, American Crime Story with a look at both the trial and the lives of those behind it, and America was drawn right back into the drama. It garnered 19 different awards, including 9 Emmys with 3 for the outstanding cast, though nearly all of them were nominated. Audiences and critics alike were enthralled by the mix of writing and incredible performances on screen.
A second and third season are already in the works, with season 2 focusing on the atrocities committed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and the third on the 1997 murder of Gianni Versace. Seasons 2 and 3 will air 6 months apart, starting in 2018.
According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Ryan Murphy, Fox 21 Television Studios, and FX Productions have optioned author Jeffrey Toobin’s book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President, a best-seller in 2000. With the next two season on their way, THR states that Murphy is fast-tracking the drama, even speaking to actresses who could play Lewinsky and colleague Linda Tripp, who recorded conversations with Lewinsky that were the centerpiece of a scandal that nearly ended the career of then-President Bill Clinton.
While barely in the back of most people’s minds since, the issues were brought front and center many times as his wife, Hillary Clinton, ran for the Presidency in a particularly ugly election cycle in 2016. As the relevance is at its peak right now, it’s no surprise that Murphy and producers would want to make it a priority right now. Toobin’s book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson served as inspiration and he served as a consultant on the first season. Since their relationship and season did so well the first time, it’s not surprising that Toobin would be willing to go another round with another book.
Murphy ushered in the anthology crazy with American Horror Story and the upcoming “Feud” which will focus on the battles between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. With the next two seasons of American Crime Story in production, there’s no word on where this drama would fit in with the show, as there has been no announcement for a fourth season. If there’s anything that Ryan Murphy and his fellow producers have proven, it’s that they can tell amazing stories, and one can expect that trend to continue for the next few themes of the award-winning show.
Ryan Murphy’s “Feud” is set to debut on March 5th, and there has been no official premiere date announced yet for the 7th season of American Horror Story though it’s expected this fall.