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Trivia / American Crime Story

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  • Adored by the Network: The series had only aired one season by the time the show was renewed for up to Season 4.
  • Follow the Leader:
    • This is yet another anthology television series coming off the heels of American Horror Story, but this (like Scream Queens) has the benefit of being personally anointed by Ryan Murphy himself, even if he didn't create it.
    • The next day the first season finished airing, NBC announced production of Law & Order: True Crime, another anthology series dramatizing a different true crime case per season, with the first season being about the Menendez Brothers case, which, like the O.J. Simpson case covered in the first season of American Crime Story, was a high profile case from southern California involving Robert Shapiro.
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  • Reality Subtext: Thanks to behind-the-scenes difficulties, the season about the impeachment of President Bill Clinton—to be titled Impeachment—didn't begin pre-production until the Summer of 2019. Just a few months after work began on that season, it was announced that President Donald Trump would be facing an impeachment investigation of his own.
  • Troubled Production: After the acclaimed first season, production of the second season, Katrina, ran into quite a bit of trouble. The season was originally to be based on Douglas Brinkley's book The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, with Dennis Quaid as George W. Bush, Matthew Broderick as Michael D. "Brownie" Brown, and Annette Bening as Kathleen Blanco, and Cuba Gooding Jr.. and Courtney B. Vance were set to return in new roles. All of these actors left the project when the season's focus changed considerably by changing the source material to Sheri Fink's Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. Show creator Ryan Murphy had difficulty working on the project and it got "stalled," leading to a two year gap between airings and the intended third season, Versace, becoming the second in place of Katrina, and in turn the intended fourth season, about the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, became the third season as Impeachment. Whether the season will actually be made or not is uncertain.
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  • What Could Have Been: Murphy optioned the book A Vast Conspiracy about the Monica Lewinsky scandal, but decided against doing a season based on it after running into Lewinsky and deciding it should only be done if she could be part of the production team. Indeed, in August 2019, it came to light that the season, called Impeachment, would air in September 2020 with Lewinsky serving as a producer for the show during the season.


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