Originally, season 3 of “American Crime Story” was intended to focus on corruption around Hurricane Katrina via Deadline, but this was eventually nixed in favor of adapting Jeffrey Toobin’s book, “A Vast Conspiracy.”
“A Great Conspiracy” focused on the scandal that erupted in 1998 when journalists and lawyer Ken Starr discovered the affair that President Clinton had with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern. This led to Clinton’s indictment in the House of Representatives for injuring himself over the incident, but he was eventually acquitted and remained in office (Miller Center).
After years of shame over the scandal, Lewinsky is himself co-producing the show and is apparently involved in every script (City and country). About Variety, Ryan Murphy remarked that he wanted “Impeachment” to portray Lewinsky’s side of the story: “The great thing about the story that we’re telling is that it’s Monica’s story that I think needs to be told. [in ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’] we showed Marcia Clark in a different way, that’s what we do with Monica. “
We’ll find out more about how the eight episodes of “Impeachment: American Crime Story” portray Clinton and the other players in Lewinsky’s story when the season premieres in September.