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Thirty-six years after leaving Welcome Back, Kotter, John Travolta is making his return to TV to play O.J. Simpson's attorney Robert Shapiro in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, and the actor admitted to Et that he has a lot to learn about the famous trial before shooting begins in the spring.
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"To be honest, I have to investigate," Travolta told Et's Jason Dundas. "I have homework to do. [Shapiro] is an interesting character."
The 10-episode FX miniseries is based on Jeffrey Toobin's book, The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, and tells the story of the trial from the perspective of the lawyers. Shapiro was a key member of O.J.'s "Dream Team" of lawyers during the murder trial of Nicole Brown Simpson. O.J.'s high-profile defense team also included Johnnie Cochran, F. Lee Bailey, and Alan Dershowitz »
No matter your feelings on the actual shows he producers, one thing you've gotta give Ryan Murphy credit for: The guy knows how to line up a cast. On a busy morning of Television Critics Association press tour announcements, Fox also revealed much of the cast of Murphy's upcoming anthology series "Scream Queens" and group is eclectic. Joe Manganiello, Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer and Murphy's "Glee" star Lea Michele will all be regulars in the 15-episode first "Scream Queens" season. In addition, Ariana Grande will guest star in a recurring role. In case you didn't know, she's the younger sister of "Big Brother" houseguest Frankie Grande." It was previously announced that Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts would be starring in "Scream Queens," which presumably will also have the normal Murphy-esque assortment of cameos and guest appearances. Fox has offered no details on any specific characters. Created by Murphy, »
- Daniel Fienberg
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With the entire series of Friends now on Netflix, our all of our post-work hours have been devoted to reliving the glory days with Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe. Sure, the show lives on every single channel you turn to on a random weekend afternoon or a late sleepless night. But its new life on the streaming service is giving us unlimited access to our favorite comfort show like never before.
And truth be told, Friends‘ new outlet on Netflix isn’t the only thing making its stars ever-visible. The actors themselves are putting in work. With Jennifer Aniston‘s Golden Globe nomination for her latest drama Cake, and David Schwimmer returning to the small screen as Robert Kardashian in FX’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J Simpson, the sextet seem more successful than ever. Want proof? Let’s check in »
- Tara Aquino
John Travolta is heading back to the small screen for his first recurring role since the late 70s’ Welcome Back, Kotter, signing on for a part in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, where he’ll play The Juice’s lawyer Robert Shapiro.
Produced by American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy, the legal drama is set to star Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, with David Schwimmer playing attorney Robert Kardashian and Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark.
The 10-episode drama is set to explore O.J.’s 1995 murder trial from the perspective of both the prosecution and Simpson’s ‘Dream Team’ of defense laywers. Production will get underway early this year.
- Gary Collinson
John Travolta has joined the growing cast of Ryan Murphy’s first season of the American Crime Story anthology series. The show will focus on true crime events throughout history, and the first season will center around O.J. Simpson. It will be called American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson.
Travolta joins the previously cast David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, Sarah Paulson — who will portray prosecutor Marcia Clark, and Cuba Gooding Jr. — who is taking on the role of Simpson. According to Variety, Travolta will play Robert Shapiro, who was a key member of Simpson’s “Dream Team” defense team during his murder trial.
The 10-episode season “examines the O.J. Simpson trial as told from the perspective of the lawyers, and is poised to explore the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court. More significantly, it will display how a combination of prosecution confidence, »
- Joey Paur
In the year when John Travolta was last on TV, McDonalds invented the Happy Meal and Sony brought out the Walkman – but now he’s set to return to the small screen for the first time since 1979.
Travolta will play Robert Shapiro in a 10-part miniseries dramatising the Oj Simpson trial, to screen on Us network FX. Shapiro was Simpson’s defence attorney, and the series is set to follow the case through the eyes of the legal teams. Sarah Paulson, best known for her role in American Horror Story, will play Shapiro’s opposite number, prosecutor Marcia Clark.
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Armed with devilish charm, some leftover Hedwig lipstick and a ventriloquist’s dummy that just happened to be a dead ringer for American Horror Story semi-regular Jamie Brewer, Neil Patrick Harris made his eagerly anticipated debut in this week’s Freak Show.
And, before you could say abracadabra, not only had his magician character, Chester, taken the reins from Elsa (who still thought she was Hollywood-bound), he’d defrocked the Tattler Twins. But wait, there’s gore… er, more.
Underhanded Tactics | As “Magical Thinking” began, we flashed back two days to Stanley suggesting to Jimmy that he cut off just »
Brandi Glanville lost her shit and threw wine on Jeff Lewis on Watch What Happens Live last night after he brought up the topic of STDs. [E!] Kristen Stewart and Alicia Cargile were extra cozy while ringing in the new year. [NY Daily News] John Travolta joins Cuba Gooding, Jr., Sarah Paulson, and David Schwimmer in the Ryan Murphy miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson as Simpson’s defense attorney. [Us Weekly] In case you didn’t know, Brad Pitt is now wearing nail art. You read that correctly. [MTV] 60 Minutes reporter Steve Kroft admits to his infidelity. [Us Weekly] Jennifer Aniston admits that in her old days, she “never ate pasta.” How have you lived, Jennifer? How?! [Naughty Gossip] For just about $80 this belfie stick will help you »
- Taylor Ferber
Welcome back! After more than three decades away from the small screen, John Travolta will star in FX's American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. The actor, 60, will play defense attorney Robert Shapiro and serve as a producer on the 10-part miniseries, airing later this year. Before his big-screen success, Travolta booked his star-making role as Vinny Barbarino on the ABC sitcom Welcome, Back Kotter from 1975–79. Travolta joins previously announced cast members Cuba Gooding Jr., 47, Sarah Paulson, 40, and David Schwimmer, 48, in portraying the O.J. Simpson trial from the lawyers' perspective. The series will be based on Jeffrey Toobin »
- Dana Rose Falcone, @DanaRoseFalcone
With today's news that Ryan Murphy has cast John Travolta as lawyer Robert Shapiro in his American Crime Story, the cast is already looking like a campy, true-crime-lover's dream: David Schwimmer! Cuba Gooding Jr.! Murphy favorite Sarah Paulson! No doubt Murphy's version of the O.J. Simpson case will go beyond a Dateline documentary and into Lifetime-movie territory. It just depends on who else he gets. He already seems to be doing a good job; however, as always, we have a few suggestions ... To jog your memory, here is who is already confirmed: David Schwimmer as Kardashian patriarch and Simpson defense lawyer Robert Kardashian Sarah Paulson as state prosecutor Marcia Clark Cuba Gooding Jr. as the suspect himself, O.J. Simpson John Travolta as defense lawyer Robert Shapiro So, Ryan Murphy, here are some suggestions of our own: Lance Reddick as Johnny Cochran Not only did he recently play Haitian voodoo spirit »
- Lindsey Weber
After emerging as a trendsetter in the latest anthology series craze, American Horror Story has garnered critical acclaim and huge ratings for its dark depiction of humanity. As a result of its success, series creator Ryan Murphy is set to head up a thematic spin-off entitled American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, which has now added a major name to its ranks.
As its title suggests, the show will revolve around the infamous case of O.J. Simpson, which saw the professional athlete-actor on trial for the murder of his wife and her lover. At the time, the event formed the basis of a media circus, with channels the world over scrambling to devote time to its coverage. While the public were granted courtroom footage, little was known of what went on outside the court. This is where the series will step in. Uniting Murphy once more with FX Networks, »
- Gem Seddon
John Travolta is heading back to TV!
The actor has not been seen consistently on a TV show since Welcome Back Kotter in 1979. Thirty six years later, he will play the role of attorney Robert Shapiro who was part of O.J. Simpson's defense team.
While American Horror Story and Glee creator Ryan Murphy will serve as executive producer on the series, the 60-year-old actor will also serve as a producer. The FX miniseries is based on Jeffrey Toobin's book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson about the high profile 1995 murder trial in which Simpson was acquitted for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson.
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While it remains to be seen how that famous moment where the leather glove found at the crime scene didn't fit O.J.'s hand will play out on the show, the series will have an all-star cast.
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John Travolta is coming back to television, and it’s for a pretty juicy part. FX announced today that the Welcome Back, Kotter actor has taken on a starring role in the upcoming miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. From American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, American Crime Story is a new anthology series that will focus on a different true crime story each season. They’re swinging for the fences in Season 1 with the O.J. Simpson trial, and Travolta will be playing attorney Robert Shapiro, a key member of Simpson’s defense team. He joins David Schwimmer (Robert Kardashian), Cuba Gooding Jr. (O.J. Simpson), and Sarah Paulson (Marcia Clark) in the cast, and Travolta will also serve as a producer on the series. This fairly wild piece of casting just pushed American Crime Story from “morbid curiosity” to “must watch” in my book. Read the press release after the jump. »
- Adam Chitwood
It will be a cornucopia of nostalgia when FX takes us back to the Golden Age of Tabloid Television with "American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson", a 10 part miniseries revisiting the sensational case 20 years after it reached its divisive verdict. In an announcement today, the network revealed the series ensemble will also feature one of the great pieces of nostalgia casting of recent times, with John Travolta taking on his first television role an astonishing 36 years he departed the little screen at the conclusion of “Welcome Back, Kotter”s four season run. Despite career ups and downs in the decades since, Travolta has apparently never looked back at the medium that he so dominated in the heartthrob role of Vinnie Barbarino, as well as his first major dramatic turn in the Made-for-tv movie, “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.” After suffering a career-near-death slump in the 1980’s »
- Richard Rushfield
John Travolta has a date with the judge.
This will mark Travolta’s first starring television role since his portrayal of Vinnie Barbarino on the sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter.”
The cast of the 10-part miniseries, which comes from executive producers Ryan Murphy, »
- Tim Kenneally
Variety reports that John Travolta will play the lead in Ryan Murphy's upcoming American Crime Story, a retelling of the O.J. Simpson trial that is definitely going to be campy as hell. Travolta will play lawyer Robert Shapiro. The rest of the cast includes Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J., Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, and David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian. The chances of this series having musical numbers — already very high — just went through the roof. »
- Nate Jones
In his first television starring role since Welcome Back, Kotter, John Travolta has been cast as defense attorney Robert Shapiro in the upcoming FX miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. Travolta will also serve as a producer of the 10-part series. As Robert Shapiro, John Travolta portrays a man who was a key member of O.J. Simpson’s “Dream Team” during the murder trial that captivated the nation. Travolta joins a cast including David Schwimmer as O.J. Simpson’s confidant and attorney Robert Kardashian, Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, and Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark. The miniseries is based on the book … Continue reading →
- Jeff Pfeiffer
John Travolta is heading back to TV in a splashy new role. The Grease star will headline American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson as Robert Shapiro. Travolta joins the already cast Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr. and David Schwimmer. Travolta will portray O.J. Simpson's defense attorney from the infamous 1990s trial, Paulson is playing prosecutor Marcia Clark, Gooding is O.J. Simpson and Schwimmer is taking on the role of Robert Kardashian. Production on the new series from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski and Dante Di Loreto is set to start early this year. American Horror Story guru Murphy will direct »
John Travolta is returning to television.
Travolta, who will also serve as a producer on the 10-episode miniseries, has been cast as Robert Shapiro, a key member of Simpson’s “Dream Team” during the murder trial.
The miniseries marks Travolta’s first starring television role since “Welcome Back, Kotter.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
John Travolta is going on the defensive.
Though he has guested on such shows as Kirstie, this marks Travolta’s first major TV role since walking away from Welcome Back, Kotter in 1979.
Travolta will also serve as a producer of the 10-part miniseries.
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