Prolific award-winning producer Ryan Murphy, whose American Horror Story franchise invented the anthology miniseries format, has come up with his next entry - a companion anthology focused each season on a different true crime story which made headlines and captivated the imagination of the public.
This season begins with the splashiest, most tabloid-friendly part of its narrative and pulls the audience backward into a deeper, sadder story, the majority of whose casualties are much less famous but no less deserving of our grief.
Featuring less star power than OJ but a few stellar performances of its own, Gianni Versace will be a tougher sell to casual viewers, but those who go along for this journey into the world of a sociopath will be dramatically rewarded.
The circumstances around Gianni Versace's murder may have been categorized by silence, but American Crime Story's take on Cunanan's killing sprees is one of the loudest and boldest sagas on television.
[Darren] Criss' performance is so good that it upends The Assassination of Gianni Versace: Where Cuba Gooding Jr.'s lackluster performance pushed O.J. to the margins of his own story, Criss, aided by scripts, pushes everyone else aside.