Posted on Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
I didn’t get to sleep last night because I got sucked into binge watching Netflix’s Making of a Murderer documentary miniseries. I guess thats the new “my dog ate my homework”? If you’re not watching that series, you should check it out ASAP (and learn a lesson from me and begin watching earlier in the day, because you won’t be able to stop). While I don’t expect American Crime Story to be as gripping of an experience as Making of a Murderer, but during that show’s court sequences I began to get excited about Ryan Murphy‘s new FX series.
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson is set to premiere on FX in February, and the first reactions have begun to appear online. Fox has sent out screeners for journalists to binge over the holiday break, and the early buzz is pretty high. The limited series re-examines the infamous O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers, exploring “the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.” The show stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson and John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro. Hit the jump to see the first tweets in our American Crime Story early buzz roundup.
First 6 eps of The People vs OJ ????
— CM Radd (@RaddicalViews) December 29, 2015
Six episodes down & I have a LOT of things to say about THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, but I'll wait closer to premiere.
— Scott Neumyer (@ScottNeumyer) December 24, 2015
Watched first six of FX's OJ mini. Now send me the next four please!
— Joe Flint (@JBFlint) December 27, 2015
Courtney B. Vance as Johnny Cochran is AMAZING. The series really does focus on the PEOPLE vs. (and defending) OJ & how it was their FATE.
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) December 27, 2015
Can't stop watching #AmericanCrimeStory screeners, and it's all Sarah Paulson's fault.
— Vlada Gelman (@VladaGelman) December 25, 2015
Three episodes into The People vs OJ Simpson. Devouring every episode. Captures the mood and feel of the event so well. @FXNetworks
— Terry Terrones (@terryterrones) December 24, 2015
Just got the first 6 episodes of People vs. OJ Simpson. I probably shouldn't be as excited as I am to watch this.
— Matthew Belloni (@THRMattBelloni) December 18, 2015
In Things I Love Today news: "The People vs. OJ Simpson" Episode 6 is titled "Marcia Marcia Marcia" pic.twitter.com/lAAMyZEHo2
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) December 17, 2015
There are definitely moments that FX’s “The People vs OJ Simpson” doesn’t feel like a stunt/dare.
— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) December 27, 2015
Iffy on a couple “People vs OJ Simpson” performances — NO clue who Travolta is playing — but Sarah Paulson & Courtney B. Vance are great.
— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) December 27, 2015
After binge watching Making a Murderer and the screeners of the first 6 eps of The People vs. OJ, I have no more faith in the justice system
— Patrick Gomez (@PatrickGomezLA) December 27, 2015
4 episodes in, there is not a weak link in FX's 'People Vs OJ Simpson' cast. So compelling even tho we know how it ends …
— Cynthia Littleton (@Variety_Cynthia) December 24, 2015
The 10-episode limited FX series will chronicle the murder and subsequent court case, the infamous O.J. Simpson trial, told from the perspective of the lawyers as depicted in Jeffrey Toobin‘s book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson. Along with Gooding and Travolta, David Schwimmer stars as defense attorney Robert Kardashian, Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance as defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, and Bruce Greenwood as Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti. Here is official information about the new show from FX:
Based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, the limited series is a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers. It explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.
Production of the FX limited series is currently underway in Los Angeles. Emmy® and Golden Globe® award winning producer and Emmy Award winning Director Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, The Normal Heart) directed the first episode and serves as Executive Producer, along with Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski and Brad Falchuk. American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson is written by Golden Globe-winning producers Alexander and Karaszewski (Big Eyes, The People v. Larry Flynt). American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.
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