FX has set the premiere date for Season 2 of its “American Crime Story” — “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” will debut on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 10 p.m.
The follow-up to “The People v. O.J. Simpson” will be produced by Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Alexis Martin Woodall, Dan Minahan and Tom Rob Smith.
The Versace season was written by Smith, with Murphy directing the premiere episode. This “ACS” stars Darren Criss, Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz and Ricky Martin.
The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.
A Hurricane Katrina-focused second season of “ACS” was initially planned to be the O.J. successor, but Murphy pushed that storyline for Season 3. He also chose new source material for it.
The third installment of the Emmy-winning anthology series will now be based on the book “Five Days in Memorial” by Pulitzer-winning author Sheri Fink, and will tell the story of Dr. Anna Pou and her decision to euthanize critically ill patients after being trapped for days without power at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Sarah Paulson is attached to star as Pou.
The “Katrina” season was previously set to be based on Douglas Brinkley’s “The Great Deluge,” and Murphy-muse Paulson had a smaller role.