The FX true crime anthology, American Crime Story returns Wednesday night for its second season. Based on journalist Maureen Orth’s book, it will explore the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace.
Ryan Murphy explores the life and death of Gianni Versace. And a new workplace comedy comes to FX.
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THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY 10 p.m.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace covers the before, during, and after of Gianni Versace’s murder by spree killer Andrew Cunanan on the steps of Versace’s South Beach residence back in 1997. The case itself is famous and the show doesn’t dance around delivering the ugly deed. While the big death happens relatively early on, Versace’s end is only the starting point for the way the show is telling this story. Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) targets world-renowned fashion designer Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez) at his home, and his death shocks the world. Gianni’s sister Donatella (the magnificent Penelope Cruz) and partner Antonio D’Amico (Ricky Martin) occupy important parts in Versace’s life before and after his death, but they’re not always on the same page.
“American Crime Story” faced a daunting challenge in following up the compulsive appeal of “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” The result, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” carves out its own distinctive approach to another high-profile, salacious murder without, perhaps inevitably, wearing the mantle quite as well.
To their credit, the producers have demonstrated the format’s elasticity by delving into the 1997 slaying of Versace, the famed fashion designer, as part of a killing spree by Andrew Cunanan.
Working from Maureen Orth’s book “Vulgar Favors,” the narrative jumps around in time, filling in bits and pieces of the story out of sequence, in a manner that galvanizes attention and gradually builds in intensity.
The show’s point of view, however, unfolds pretty squarely from the perspective of Cunanan, a compulsive liar and hustler whose grandiose vision of himself and pangs of economic anxiety triggered his tragic behavior.
The most important word in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story isn’t “Versace.” It’s “assassination.” That’s going to throw some people, but I think it’s key to why the new FX miniseries works at all.
Assassination is the follow-up to 2016’s massively acclaimed, heavily viewed The People v. O.J. Simpson, which won nine Emmys and was nominated for even more. It was a smartly conceived look at an event in American history that had been written off as tawdry tabloid fodder, but one that nevertheless spoke to conversations we’re still having in America about race, class, gender, and power. And yet it was also a lot of fun, if you didn’t want to dive any deeper than wondering what the hell John Travolta’s performance was supposed to be about.
Assassination is … not that. It’s a grim tragedy whose structure moves backward
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TV: American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Cable’s premier true-crime series returns for a long-awaited second season.
More than a year after FX and Ryan Murphy scored a smash hit with 2016’s The People vs. OJ Simpson (and after some behind-the-scenes readjustments), American Crime Story is back for a second season. Staying true to its roots of sensational real-life crime sagas that happened in the ’90s, the show is now focused on, as the subtitle states, the assassination of Gianni Versace.
Based on Maureen Orth’s 1999 book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History, tells the story of Versace’s 1997 murder and the investigation into Andrew
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Fire up those DVRs, true-crime fans: American Crime Story is back. And this time, fashionistas should be ready, too.
The second installment of Ryan Murphy’s anthology series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on FX. The show revists the shocking, headline-grabbing July 1997 murder of renowned designer Gianni Versace, but also digs into the life of Andrew Cunanan, the man who pulled the trigger. It stars Edgar Ramírez as Versace, Darren Criss as Cunanan and Penélope Cruz as Gianni’s sister Donatella.
Before the first episode premiered in LA, Versace’s family claimed the show is a “work of fiction.” But if The People Vs OJ Simpson, the previous installment of American Crime Story, is any indication, The Assassination of Gianni Versace will be entertaining, must-watch television nonetheless.
Also entertaining: the host of other primetime shows, new and old, set to debut or return from mid-season breaks this week.
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The two-part special HE
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