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American Crime Story; Season 1 - The People V. OJ Simpson
Topic Started: Jan 6 2016, 02:30 PM (736 Views)
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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/inside-tvs-retrial-oj-simpson-852129
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I was watching 'live' - a bit behind, because of commercials, of course, but without recording because the dvr was full, and Oliver hit the remote and changed the channel on me and grrrrrrr... so I erased a couple things I can get later, and hit 'record' on the second airing of this, and... anyway. I have about 1/3rd of the first one left to watch when I get home from work..

But I saw enough to say 'this is good'. Absorbing story, well told.

Sterling K. Brown -- Christopher Darden
Kenneth Choi -- Lance Ito
Christian Clemenson -- William Hodgman
Cuba Gooding Jr. -- O.J. Simpson
Bruce Greenwood -- Gil Garcetti
Nathan Lane -- F. Lee Bailey
Sarah Paulson -- Marcia Clark
David Schwimmer -- Robert Kardashian
John Travolta -- Robert Shapiro
Courtney B. Vance -- Johnnie Cochran
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jbr - Yeah, I probably screwed up by actually commenting more THERE than here, but... I always like to put SOMETHING in the 'Watching' catch-all for a NEW show, whether or not it has its own thread...

Agree Gooding doesn't convey the charisma we associate with pre-murders OJ. I can't remember ever really 'loving' Gooding in anything, though he's been 'fine' in a lot of stuff. I didn't think he ought to have won his Oscar for Jerry Maguire, though his enthusiasm in accepting it was the thing he'll probably always be best remembered for (and arguably, the movie, too, though it also has those memorable 'show me the money' and 'help me help you' catchphrases).

Most critics seem pretty impressed by this. I'm not as 'wow' as the most positive ones I've seen (but they may have seen up to #6), but I feel safe in saying this is going to be worth watching to anybody with any interest in seeing the very well-known story dramatized. I don't think I'll agree with the promos that promise "The trial isn't the whole story. This is" or suggest 'you only think you know ___' -- No, I don't think there will be much in the way of genuine SURPRISES... but twists-and-turns? Many of those. Real life was SO crazy... it's a good story.
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What's the new lady's connection to the OJ story? Did Bravo cast her so she and Faye might cross paths?

I, uh, sorta started one of those farming games this week. A friend had been bugging me about hers (Coral Isle) for over a year, and... Weak moment. They are addicting... I DO kinda get it, but I think tedium will set in, too, and I'll only semi-regular it... She and some of her friends center their LIVES around the damned thing...
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Odd - Everybody is standing around watching the tv coverage of the 911 calls, and you hear Nicole say 'shit', which the news would have bleeped...

Odd - Paulson's Marcia gets to utter 'motherfucker' for the first time on FX. Never said on The Shield or Sons of Anarchy, that popular, versatile curse word debuts here, in 1.3 of ACS:OJ.

http://www.vulture.com/2016/02/evan-handler-oj-simpson-frogmen-pilot.html

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1994/07/25/an-incendiary-defense The original New Yorker 'race' article from July '94.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/oj-simpson-author-jeffrey-toobin-866173

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/02/16/how_accurate_is_the_people_v_o_j_simpson_american_crime_story_a_fact_check.html
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Yes. American Crime is on ABC and American Crime Story is on FX. They have similar titles. ACS's subtitle 'The People V. OJ Simpson' is presented as bigger/first to avoid confusion.

Jbr - Disagree on the Kardashian kids. It's only been a few scenes (four, I think, in the first 3 1/2 hours) and they've had maybe a fifth of the screen time that Cochran has. I don't see their inclusion as too terribly gimmicky/exploitive-of-their-popularity so much as the this-is-where-all-the-fame-whoring-started thing. I do agree they've made their point and could move on from it because we've all got it now, but I don't think it's been too great a distraction. They are annoying kids, but Bob is part of the story, and there's his family...

Travolta is bothering me less, too.

Agree on Gooding.
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Brown is really good. Paulson is great. Greenwood evokes Garcetti pretty perfectly. Positive first impression of Nathan Lane's Bailey, but this wasn't a lot to go on... I think I like everybody except Gooding so far. (As much as Schwimmer can't get away from Ross, I'll always see Clemenson - especially in a legal setting - as his Boston Legal character...)

I have mostly successfully avoided all things Kardashian, but have been reading bits and pieces about Kanye's latest insane hissyfits with some amusement.

But it's true... without OJ murdering Nicole and Ron, we may not have HAD 'the Kardashians'. It's a small piece, sure, but that aspect (their 'origin story') DOES belong here, I think... Sure, they may have insinuated themselves into our pop culture by dating or fucking musicians or sports figures and leaking sex tapes and whatever (and there was the Bruce Jenner factor) eventually anyway (there are probably Mayan prophecies about them...), but most everybody first heard the name FROM its association with OJ...
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Heh. I didn't watch American Gothic, had to look it up... (well, I think I saw the first one, but that was a long time ago... Wow, big cast of didn't-know-them-then-but-know-them-well-now people...)
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I want you to watch Gilmore Girls, too, so you can share my excitement when the new ones come out.

Yup, the dvr just never seems to get less full, even when it's programmed to get less... I'm watching more things on the iPad, but have to be conscious of expiration dates and not letting myself get more than 3 or 4 behind on anything...

So much Netflix stuff I want to watch...

Did you see the trailer for Hulu's The Path? Hugh Dancy, Aaron Paul... looks SO good...

Too much tv.
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Joseph Siravo (Sopranos, GL) captured Fred Goldman very well.
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Wow. http://mashable.com/2016/03/04/oj-simpson-knife/#63xOfjwGSOqD

I liked the Cochran/Darden spotlight episode.



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#9 was good.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/kateaurthur/we-go-deep-on-the-people-v-oj-simpson#.ge8LVZQ4Ww
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Ended well. Well, except for the horrific injustice. Man, that jury... loved the (true, hilarious) line that they must have discussed the case less than anyone in America...

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/american-crime-story-season2-details-881282
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Next one is Katrina, yeah... Losing this one's head writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski... No cast signed for it yet (but Travolta says he'd be game)...
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