Hanna gun

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • That Hanna TV series is definitely happening
  • Our first look at Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace in American Crime Story
  • Jon Stewart’s HBO series goes up in smoke
  • Comedy Central’s The President Show earns more episodes
  • And more!

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big bang theory

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • The Big Bang Theory has been renewed for seasons 11 and 12.
  • MTV may be rebooting Scream with season 3.
  • Penelope Cruz has joined American Crime Story season 3.
  • Comedy Central has granted Detroiters a second season.
  • Amazon is cooking up a new comedy from the director of Sausage Party.
  • Peter Sarsgaard joins The Looming Tower.
  • NBC reveals the first trailer for Midnight, Texas.

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american crime story lewinsky scandal

2016 ended up, somehow, being the year of the O.J. Simpson trial. While O.J.: Made in America was one of the best documentaries of the year, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson was one of the best television shows of the year, with both projects capturing the same material from different (and complementary!) angles. It was a strong start for the latest Ryan Murphy production and if future seasons maintain a similar level of quality, the show as a whole could be an all-timer.

We now know that one future season of American Crime Story will tackle another one of the most infamous moments of the ’90s: the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

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FX Atlanta

It’s the TCAs this week, and that means we’ve got lots of big TV news coming our way right now. So let’s get them all taken care of right now, shall we? After the jump:

  • FX’s Atlanta won’t return until 2018.
  • FX’s American Crime Story also won’t return until 2018.
  • American Horror Story has been renewed. Yes, again.
  • ArcherThe Americans, and Feud get premiere dates.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events gets a second season.
  • Big Little Lies and Riverdale unleash new teasers.
  • Arrested Development season 5 is “close,” supposedly.
  • Lethal Weapon casts Thomas Lennon as Joe Pesci.

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american crime story

The second season of American Crime Story hasn’t even begun filming, but it has been revealed that FX has greenlit a third season of the hit docudrama anthology series. American Crime Story Season 3 will take on the Gianni Versace murder case. Hit the jump for more details.

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The People v. O.J. Simpson Scott Alexander interview

FX’s miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was such a sensation, they presented a second panel on it for the Television Critics Association. Now all ten episodes have aired, more than reporters got to see in advance of the premiere, and it is nominated for Emmys, so the creators and stars came back to discuss it.

At a cocktail party following the FX panel, screenwriting duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski got separated. I got to speak with Alexander about their work crafting the series based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book The Run of His Life and real events. I’m still obsessed with the jurors, as the episode on their sequestration seemed like the biggest tent in the whole circus. Alexander and Karaszewski have some more true story screenplays in the works, and Alexander told us the extent of their work on the Death Wish remake in our interview.  Read More »

The People vs OJ Simpson

In light of its 14 Emmy nominations, FX had a second Television Critics Association panel for The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story after introducing the show in January. Among the panelists were Joe Robert Cole, a screenwriter who wrote pivotal episodes five and eight, chronicling the jurors’ visit to the crime scene and their epic sequestration.

After the panel, FX had a cocktail reception with its talent and we got to speak with Cole one-on-one. Cole is currently at work on the Black Panther film screenplay with co-writer/director Ryan Coogler. Cole shared in-depth details about his O.J. Simpson juror research and was open to discussing his approach to Black PantherRead More »

American Crime Story teaser

One of the more promising shows coming up is American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson. Produced by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story), it’s written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood). There is plenty of talent both in front of and behind the camera for the FX show.

After the jump, watch an American Crime Story featurette.

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American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson

American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson won’t premiere on FX for another few weeks, but Ryan Murphy is already making plans for season two. The executive producer has revealed that the next installment of the true-crime anthology series will focus on Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in late summer 2005. More details on American Crime Story season 2 after the jump.  Read More »

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American Crime Story Trailer

FX is following up the latest season of American Horror Story with a real-life American horror story. American Crime Story kicks off early next year with The People v. O.J. Simpson, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson and John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro. The network has been dropping intriguing teasers for the past few months, and today we finally have our first full-length trailer.

The promo shows off more of the high-profile cast (which also includes Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, and Selma Blair as Kris Jenner), a great many ridiculous wigs, and some familiar imagery of a white Bronco. Watch the first full American Crime Story trailer after the jump. Read More »