The first teaser for Impeachment: American Crime Story is here, but it’s not ready to show you Clive Owen in full Bill Clinton drag just yet. Instead, we are reminded via title card that this show is based on a true story, and that all this shit really happened. The president really did have an affair, and it really did get him impeached. People got so mad, you guys. No foolin’. Monica Lewinsky serves as a producer on Impeachment: American Crime Story, indicating that this miniseries may do for her what the first season of ACS did for Marcia Clark. That is, tell a side of the story that the sexist media landscape of the time was not willing to tell. Beanie Feldstein stars as Lewinsky, with Ryan Murphy vet Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp, and Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones. Impeachment: American Crime Story premieres on FX September 7.
Update, August 11: Before anyone rains on her parade in the Broadway revival of Funny Girl, Beanie Feldstein is going to … walk dramatically down a hallway! That’s what happens, at least, in a new teaser for Impeachment: American Crime Story, also featuring Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp, speaking to Feldstein’s Monica Lewinsky about the investigation into Bill Clinton. “Okay, what is happening?” she asks Tripp at one point in the conversation. A prestige political drama, according to this teaser.
Update, August 12: Just call this Impeachment week, because FX has dropped yet another trailer and it’s the juiciest one yet. Do we see touching? In this one, Clive Owen’s Bill Clinton steals many fleeting glances at Beanie Feldstein’s Monica Lewinsky, and everything begins to unravel when she starts gossiping about their “affair.” Hillary Clinton is also there, ready to throw hands in the Oval Office, as is Cobie Smulders as a giddily blonde Ann Coulter. “The press will destroy her,” one person (astutely) notes.