PASADENA, Cal. — One pre-election controversy has faded quietly.
There probably won’t be a Clinton-impeachment mini-series on FX this fall, network chief John Landgraf told the Television Critics Association today. He said it just won’t be ready on time.
Last summer, Landgraf said the mini-series was set for September of 2020, focusing on the effort to impeach Bill Clinton. That brought instant complaints about the timing, just before the election.
That’s now a moot point, Landgraf said. Murphy (shown here) – “probably the busiest person in show business” – is directing “The Prom.” Based on the Broadway musical about commotion when an Indiana girl wants to bring her girlfriend to the prom, it stars Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden and more.
For Murphy – who grew up as a gay kid in Indiana – that’s the current focus. He won’t start on the impeachment series until March 21. He has more FX shows (including three more “American Horror Story” series) and a bigger deal on Netflix.
Meanwhile, FX is planning its big splurge this March, with the start of the “FX on Hulu” hub. Two mini-series – “Devs” (an elaborate sci-fi show) and “Mrs. America” (about the efforts to pass – and stop – the Equal Rights Amendment) will be strictly on Hulu. Others – “Better Things,” “What We Do in the Shadows,” “Fargo” (in April) and the new “Breeders” and “Dave” – will be shared by Hulu and FX or FXX.
He also said the long-delayed new “Atlanta” season has been extended to 10 episodes. It’s expected next January; a second series, with eight episodes, is being filmed back-to-back with this one.