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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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‘American Crime Story’ takes on murder of Versace

In the spring and summer of 1997, before everyone used Google to find whatever they wanted, before everyone used Facebook to creep on old crushes, before cell phones were in everyone’s pocket, recording every bit of life around them — before cell phones were cameras that could make phone calls — the nation was gripped by a cross-country manhunt.

The suspect: a serial killer who had struck in Minnesota, Chicago and New Jersey. The motive: unclear; the victims had no apparent connection. The method: bludgeoning, shooting, stabbing — brutal deaths that kept investigators of the FBI and local authorities guessing until clues linked the killings to Andrew Cunanan, a college dropout with no discernible job except cruising gay bars, occasionally selling drugs, and striking up relationships with rich, older men and spending their money.

In May 1997, Cunanan was added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list — certainly a level of

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‘Versace’ miniseries is the first great show of 2018

The second installment of Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story” franchise is the tragic tale of a globally famous gay talent and an obscure gay parasite.

Based on Maureen Orth’s “Vulgar Favors,” “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” is also a glamorous and frightening portrait of a certain kind of modern monster — the entitled kept boy who snaps when he loses the keys to what he imagined was his kingdom.

In her book, Orth describes Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) — who shot Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez) at point-blank range on the steps of his Miami villa in July 1997 — as a “narcissistic nightmare of vainglorious self-absorption, a practiced and pathological liar who … was clever enough to pull off his deceptions.”

The nine episodes of Murphy’s series, all carefully crafted by British screenwriter Tom Robb Smith (“London Spy”), track the disintegration of a spoiled child who demanded the maximum payoff

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