Public Service Announcement 11 of 2018: American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Scandal, The Good Doctor, Designated Survivor (maybe)

Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story anthology series returns to UK television tonight. I thought the first season, The People vs O.J. Simpson, was something close to a masterpiece. This second season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, arrives with slightly less of a critical fanfare, although reviews have generally been good; and, apparently, containing an excellent performance from Glee’s Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan, Versace’s killer. Thing is, although I should be watching, I’m not going to be. It may be that I’m just not as interested in this case as I am in that of Simpson. Written, incidentally, by Tom Rob Smith, also responsible for scripting the decidedly patchy London Spy (tonight, BBC2, 9pm).

After that, though, some Unpopcult favourites are lining up to come back from their midseason hibernation. Scandal is back for its final run of episodes (Thursday 1 March, Sky Living, 10pm). The Good Doctor returns for the rest of its first season (Friday 2 March, Sky Living, 9pm). And there was a rumour that UK viewers would this week once more be getting to see President Jack Bauer in the Designated Survivor Situation Room, grappling with what we must presume to be the irrevocable REDACTED of his beloved REDACTED, who at least won’t be prosecuted for felony corruption (Netflix, maybe Thursday 1 March, but don’t bet on it).


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