When the FX cable TV channel announced in early August that the network will produce a series telling the story of Monica Lewinsky, the most interesting aspect about the Ryan Murphy-guided anthology was the fact that Lewinsky herself was going to serve as a producer.
However, on Wednesday, FX CEO John Landgraf responded to the fact that no one has yet been signed to portray Hillary Clinton by stating that she “is actually not a significant character” in American Crime Story: Impeachment because it’s “told from the point of view of these women who were really far from the center of power.”
According to an article by Lesley Goldberg, West Coast TV editor of The Hollywood Reporter magazine and website, no one has yet been picked to be Bill Clinton during the program even though the former President had a significant role in the scandal that became public in the 1990s.
Goldberg claimed that the miniseries is “one of the most anticipated new shows of 2020.”
Landgraf then stated:
It's really a revisionist history as told through the point of view of these women whose stories did not seem in any way central to the political stakes of what was going on but who became really central to that.
Hillary is a character in it, but she's not one of the main characters in it.
In addition, the FX CEO stated that the film would not have been made if she had defeated Trump in the 2016 election because “that would change the validity of what we’re doing.”
“The perspective about women and the powerless and women who are powerless has changed so profoundly in the time that has passed,” he added.
“That's just valid from an artistic standpoint; it's a very compelling story,” Landgraf noted. “And part of why it's compelling is it's being told from the perspective you haven't seen before."
"I told her: Nobody should tell your story but you, and it's kind of gross if they do," Murphy told Lewinsky in April of 2018 (in another story for the Hollywood Reporter). “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.'"
Murphy, of course, is a big Hollywood liberal.
Production on the series is set to begin in February, and the series is scheduled to premiere on Sunday, September 27, 2020.