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Sarah Paulson Admits She's 'Begging' to Star in Next 'American Crime Story' About Hurricane Katrina

by Leanne Aguilera 6:25 PM PDT, August 09, 2016
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Sarah Paulson is continuing her quest to be the busiest woman on TV!

Fresh off of her Television Critics Association Awards win and her Emmy Award nominations for playing Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson, Paulson is already looking to be a part of the next chapter of American Crime Story.

"I'm begging them to let me do that," Paulson exclaimed to reporters at the summer Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday. "Begging on my hands and knees."

The upcoming season of Ryan Murphy's FX anthology series, which will premiere in 2017, will shift away from the courtroom and onto one of the greatest natural disasters in American history: 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

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American Crime Story executive producer Brad Simpson revealed that the writers' room is "just now starting to get the episodes in," but the story will be completely unlike the inaugural O.J. Simpson-centric season. "We're looking at it to be tonally and thematically incredibly different," he said.

"I think every year, the show will change and morph based on the crime that we're exploring, but really it's going to be about two things: One is just the intensity of what it was like to be there on the ground and to be in that pressure cooker," Simpson continued. "And also, thematically, the bigger crime, which is that Katrina that was something that was predictable, that we weren’t prepared for even though we knew that it was going to happen."

Simpson added that, like The People v. O.J. Simpson, the next season will feature a mixture of well-known and unknown characters.

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"You will have the famous people and you will also have the people who weren't famous during Katrina," Simpson said. "I'm, sadly, not going to be making any big news here today in terms of who will be returning."

Even though Paulson's involvement in the Katrina-themed season has yet to be official, the 41-year-old actress did confirm that she will be appearing in American Horror Story's mysterious sixth season.

"I can tell you I'm doing it, but that's all I can say. I can't say anything else," she teased. "Nothing you've read on the Internet about it is correct though, I can tell you that."

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