When it premiered back in February it was clear from the start that American Crime Story was going to be an unforgettable series that had everyone engulfed for months. That’s exactly what happened when season one centered on the infamous and historical O.J. Simpson trial, but it wasn’t just a mere hit series, it became the most-watched new TV show of the year. So naturally, the rush was on to delve right into the subject matter for season two, and boy, this one has the makings to be even better than the first.
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If you simply couldn’t get enough of FX’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson last winter, you’re in luck because the plot of season two has just been announced and it is set to revolve around the controversial and disastrous Hurricane Katrina and the shameful handling of it by then-president George W. Bush.
Complex via The Hollywood Reporter has all of the details about the second season of the show, as series producer and director Ryan Murphy gave an exclusive interview about the crime-drama series.
Some of the interview highlights are below:
“It’s an amazing tragedy that you cannot believe happened in America,” Murphy told the Hollywood Reporter Wednesday. “But along with the overwhelming horribleness and sadness, you also have amazing stories of [people] coming together.” Murphy is using the 2007 Douglas Brinkley novel “The Great Deluge” as the series’ source material, which he hopes will help his team nail down the difficulties in telling such a “sprawling” American story.
“We’re laying into what do you do when you’re in a city and your government has abandoned you,” Murphy told THR. “You get out by climbing up and pulling up people with you, and to a large degree that’s what the miniseries is about.” D.V. DeVincentis, who wrote the much-discussed “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” episode of “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” has taken a “key position” in the writer’s room for season 2. As for the cast, Murphy said no deals have been made but “some” of the cast from “The People v. O.J. Simpson” will show up in the 13-to-15 episode new season. Murphy also confirmed that George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Mayor Ray Nagin, and Governor Kathleen Blanco are among the roles in need of casting.
With the first season of the show currently up for a record-breaking 22 Emmy nominations, this Hurricane Katrina-centered season has the potential to be even more captivating than its predecessor. Unfortunately you’ll have to wait until 2017 to see it, as that’s when the series is scheduled to make its return to FX.