‘Selena,’ ‘Mrs. America’ & More Amazing True Stories Coming to TV in 2020 (PHOTOS)

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Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly in Mrs. America
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Mrs. America

Premieres March, FX on Hulu

Executive producer Cate Blanchett stars in this nine-part miniseries as Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative lawyer who fired up the 1970s feminist movement by campaigning against the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Uzo Aduba and Rose Byrne costar as Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and activist Gloria Steinem, respectively.

Sian Clifford as Diana, Matthew Macfadyen as Charles in Quiz - Season 1
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Premiere TBA, AMC

This three-part docudrama directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen) aims to give us the final answer about a British couple’s 2001 attempt to swindle big bucks on the U.K. version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Their ploy? They planted an accomplice in the audience. Phoning a friend would have been so much easier.

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Dirty John

Premiere TBA, USA

Season 2 of the anthology revisits the late-’80s headline-making story of Betty Broderick (Amanda Peet), the California housewife found guilty of murdering her manipulative ex-husband (Christian Slater) and his new wife (Rachel Keller). The case was first adapted into two 1992 TV movies starring Meredith Baxter.

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Selena: The Series

Premiere TBA, Netflix

Christian Serratos (The Walking Dead) follows in J.Lo’s fancy footsteps to play slain Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla in a music-filled drama. Best known for songs like “Dreaming of You” and “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” the Grammy-winning icon was gunned down in 1995 by fan club president Yolanda Saldivar.

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The Dropout

Premiere TBA, Hulu

Saturday Night Live‘s Kate McKinnon portrays Elizabeth Holmes, the oddly baritoned entrepreneur who had a spectacular fall from grace when Theranos, the blood-testing startup she founded after leaving Stanford at age 19, was exposed as a fraud.

Elle Fanning attends a photocall for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
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The Great

Premiere TBA, Hulu

A tsar is born! Hot on the heels of HBO’s Catherine the Great comes a look at the early years of Russia’s legendary 18th-century monarch. Full disclosure: Though the royal was real (here she’s played by Elle Fanning), writers took some creative license when it came to telling parts of this story.

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The holiday season is over, but TV has some new gifts you’ll never want to return. Settle in for 12 months of fan-favorite stars (Fran Drescher, Edie Falco), inspiring physical feats (the Olympics), new streaming services, and another must-see season of Outlander.

TV’s often the perfect way to relive history, or at least dramatized versions of it and this year’s slate of programming is no exception.

There are plenty of titles based on true stories for you to enjoy in 2020 including a new season of Dirty John, the highly anticipated Selena: The Series, FX’s Mrs. America, and more.

Click through the gallery above for a peek at what’s coming down the pike when it comes to amazing true stories.

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