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How to Watch ‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’ and What to Know For ‘American Crime Story’ Season 2

The second season of American Crime Story is finally here, with even more crime than the first. 

As with The People v. OJ Simpson, showrunner Ryan Murphy takes viewers through a high-profile crime from the 1990s with The Assassination of Gianni Versace. The first episode of the nine-episode series opens with the famed fashion designer’s murder and icludes emotional breakdowns, a high-stakes police chase and Darren Criss in his underwear.

In other words, this premiere is not to be missed. Here’s what you need to know to catch The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story tonight. 

darren-criss-american-crime-story-2 ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ gets its titular murder out of the way in the first eight minutes of episode one. Jeff Daly/FX

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TV tonight: ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’

TV picks for Wednesday, Jan. 17


“The Blacklist” (8 p.m., NBC): When Red goes on the hunt for a legendary treasure, he draws the attention of Abraham Stern (guest star Nathan Lane), a cunning manipulator who has devoted his life — and the lives of many innocents — to recovering the fortune that is his birthright. Meanwhile, Liz’s quest sends her down a dark path, leading her to study the methods of one of the Blacklist’s most dangerous criminals.

“Riverdale” (8 p.m., The CW): Tensions mount when the sudden shut down of Southside High forces Jughead and his fellow serpents to transfer to Riverdale High. Veronica ensures Hiram and Hermoine that she’s still on board with their plans for SoDale.  Archie

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Who Killed Gianni Versace? The True Story of Serial Killer Andrew Cunanan From ‘American Crime Story’

Producer Ryan Murphy’s award-winning FX series, American Crime Story, is onto another high-profile ’90s crime for Season 2, premiering January 17 on FX.

As the name suggests, The Assassination of Gianni Versace tells the true story of renowned Italian designer Versace (played by Édgar Ramírez), murdered in front of his Miami Beach estate on July 15, 1997. Following his death, his sister, Donatella Versace (Penélope Cruz) took over his fashion empire.

But the title is misleading. The real focus of the show is 27-year-old serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who shot Versace in broad daylight. Cunanan will be played by Darren Criss, best known for playing a lighthearted high school student on Murphy’s Glee. Like Cunanan, Criss is part Filipino, but any similarities—other than boyish good looks—end there.

The killer was born in National City, California, to a Filipino-American father and an Italian-American mother.

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How we covered the real assassination of Gianni Versace

I had completely forgotten Andrew Cunanan. But now, Ryan Murphy’s latest offering in his anthology drama, American Crime Story, is dredging up the ugly memories. Thanks for that, Ryan.

If you know the name, it’s because Cunanan is the spree killer who assassinated Italian fashion prince Gianni Versace, who was shot at the gates of his Miami Beach mansion on July 15, 1997, as he returned from his usual morning coffee-and-paper run to the News Cafe just down Ocean Drive.

More: Darren Criss, far from ‘Glee,’ takes darker turn as Gianni Versace’s killer

Versace, who died at 50, was the last victim of Cunanan.

During nearly three months in the summer of 1997, Cunanan killed five men (besides Versace, they were

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Why “American Crime Story” took on murder and manhunt in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”

The latest iteration of FX and Ryan Murphy’s anthology drama “American Crime Story” differs in a dramatic way from its predecessor, “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

This time, we see the murder.

Murphy calls “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” a “manhunt thriller.”

The iconic fashion designer was gunned down in front of his mansion in Miami’s South Beach neighborhood in 1997 by 27-year-old Andrew Cunanan. Described at the time as a “gigolo” by Martha Orth, whose book the series is based on, Cunanan had already been on a killing spree that landed him on the FBI’s most-wanted list.

Since Cunanan would take his own life before authorities were able to arrest him, “ACS” tries to examine why Versace became a target. Murphy insists the term “assassination” is accurate, although some would label Cunanan a psychopath and serial killer.

“’Assassination’ has a political overtone, and I think it denotes somebody who is taking the life of

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