FX has confirmed a premiere date for the new season of American Crime Story. Season two titled The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story will air its first episode on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT. The series is executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Alexis Martin Woodall, Dan Minahan and Tom Rob Smith.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace stars Darren Criss (Glee, American Horror Story), Edgar Ramirez (Point Break, The Girl on the Train), Penelope Cruz (The Queen of Spain, To Rome With Love) and Ricky Martin (Dancing with the Stars). Criss plays serial killer Andrew Cunanan, Ramirez stars as Gianni Versace, Cruz is Donatella Versace, and Martin plays Antonio D’Amico.
Tom Rob Smith wrote the series and Ryan Murphy directed the premiere episode.
FX had originally scheduled The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story as the third season of the American Crime Story series. However, in June 2017 the network made a change in the schedule and upped the Versace story to the show’s second season. Season three, originally season two, will focus on Hurricane Katrina and the impact the devastating hurricane had on New Orleans.
Season one of American Crime Story focused on the trial of O.J. Simpson for the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. The People v OJ Simpson earned nine Emmy Awards including Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Sterling K Brown as Christopher Darden), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark), and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran). The series also earned the Outstanding Limited Series Emmy Award and the Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special (D.V. DeVincentis).