Incremental Innovation: 4 seasons of American Crime Story
American Horror Story was the radical innovation that gave rise to American Crime Story (FX), which success conquered audience and critics in its first season titled The People v. O.J. Simpson, addressing the history of the crime and subsequent trial involving the famous former football player and actor, O.J. Simpson.
American Crime Story executive producer and the pioneer of the anthology-season series Ryan Murphy masterfully uses the genre to depict stories of relevant crimes and astonishing characters such as those portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta and Sarah Paulson in The People V. O.J. Simpson.
This first season that was awarded 2 Golden Globes and 9 Emmy Awards is an incremental content innovation that derives from American Horror Story, an anthology-season series that focuses on horror tales, different characters and places, including an asylum, a “Freak show” and an enigmatic hotel.
Meanwhile, American Crime Story’s second season is scheduled to broadcast in 2018 and will focus on the events that took place in New Orleans 2005 during the devastating Hurricane Katrina.
“There were crimes that occurred during Katrina, including murder and rape,” Ryan Murphy said when speaking of the second season of the series and the reasons why he chose a story that was so different from the well-known case involving a celebrity, from the first season.
As for the third installment, it has been anticipated that it will focus on the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace in 1997. This release will debut six months after the second season despite both being in production.
Although only a season has been released, Murphy has also announced what there will be the fourth installment of American Crime Story: the sexual scandal between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. He quickly acquired the rights to Jeffrey Toobin’s best-selling book titled “Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.”
For the fourth season, the casting has begun for the actresses who will play Monica and Linda Tripp, the colleague who secretly recorded the conversations of then-President Bill Clinton and his secretary from November 1995 to March 1997.
Murphy had already used Toobin as a source for The People v. O.J. Simpson which was inspired by “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson “, where the writer participated in the adaptation and worked as a consultant with the team of writers.