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‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Recap: Recreating the Infamous ‘Run of His Life’

3 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler alert: Do not read unless you’ve watched episode two of “People v. O.J. Simpson,” titled “The Run of His Life.”

Two moments from the O.J. Simpson saga stand out for those who remember it: the verdict and the Bronco chase. It’s been said that while the Bronco chase brought us together as a country, the verdict divided us.

Yet for a moment so seared into our collective consciousness, the episode — as directed by Ryan Murphy — effectively manages to find drama and suspense as it careens towards its inevitable conclusion.

The hour opens with Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer) praying for his friend and now murder suspect, O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) — who’s Mia in a Bronco being driven by A.C. Cowlings (Malcolm-Jamal Warner). He left behind a suicide note, and Kardashian’s heartbroken, believing his friend to have done the unthinkable. As the first few hours pass without any word, »

- Debra Birnbaum

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All Hail the Scream Queen! Look Back on Emma Roberts's Hollywood Evolution

5 hours ago | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Emma Roberts freaked all of us out during the first season of Scream Queens, but before she was cast as the downright evil queen bee Chanel Oberlin, Emma was just a little girl from a big Hollywood family, growing up in front of the cameras. Emma is the daughter of actor Eric Roberts and the niece of Oscar winner Julia Roberts; she made her big-screen debut playing Johnny Depp's daughter in 2001's Blow and became the star of the Nickelodeon show Unfabulous three years later. Things came full circle for Emma when she starred with her aunt Julia in the 2010 movie Valentine's Day and went on to be featured in two seasons of American Horror Story (she's also slated to pop up in Hotel). As one of creator Ryan Murphy's TV darlings - and with her hilarious recent role on Scream Queens - we wouldn't be surprised if »

- Brittney Stephens

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Cuba Gooding Jr. on ‘People v. O.J. Simpson’: ‘I’m Not Here to Prove His Innocence or Guilt’

12 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Of all the cast members in “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” Cuba Gooding, Jr. may have the toughest challenge: He has to embody someone everyone has an opinion on.

But guilty or innocent, Gooding says he’ll never reveal his true feelings about the case — or the former Heisman trophy winner, who’s now in prison on an unrelated charge. In this week’s episode, we’ll see the infamous Bronco chase — which reveals Simpson at his most vulnerable, threatening to commit suicide as pal A.C. Cowling drives along the 405.

Here, Gooding tells Variety about the role he calls the hardest he’s ever played.

Why did you decide to take on this role?

Two words: Ryan MurphyTrue story: My agent called and said there’s a script here. It’s 167 pages, some guy with a lot of money in Australia wants to tell the story of the innocence of O.J. Simpson. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Sets More FX Records in 3-Day Ratings

8 February 2016 11:07 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

FX’s critically acclaimed event series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” is off to a record-setting start, as nice lifts in time-shifted viewing has helped it become the network’s most-watched premiere ever.

In Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates, which include three days’ worth of time-shifted viewing, the initial airing of “The People v. O.J. Simpson” averaged 8.3 million total viewers, including 4.2 million adults 18-49 (a 3.3 national rating). The premiere had already established a same-day network viewership record for a drama, with 5.11 million people watching last Wednesday, but the L+3 number puts it ahead of comedy “Anger Management,” which had been the most-watched FX series opener in same-day numbers (5.6 million).

Among all FX premieres over the years in adults 18-49, last week’s premiere of “People v. O.J. Simpson” beat the series premiere of No. 2-ranked “The Shield” (3.0 million) by 40% and No. 3-ranked “American Horror Story” (2.8 million) by 50%. And in total viewers, »

- Rick Kissell

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‘The People V. O.J. Simpson’ Viewership Surges To FX High In Live+3 Results

8 February 2016 11:04 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The day after the Super Bowl, FX has scored a touchdown of its own. The February 2 premiere of The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story drew the best viewership debut for a drama series on the cabler in Live+Same Day, and now delayed-viewing results have the Ryan Murphy-directed first episode doing the same in Live+3. With resepctive lifts of 62% and 68%, the opening of the Cuba Gooding Jr-starring tale of the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman and the… »

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These Trading Cards Tell You Everything You Need to Know About O.J. Simpson Mania

8 February 2016 10:49 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Breaking: The first half of 2016 will henceforth always be known as “O.J.” Seriously, we’re in a moment. Through June, it will be nearly impossible to keep O.J. Simpson (and the murder, and his days as an athlete, and his rise to Hollywood stardom, and the conspiracies, and the Bronco, and the Kardashians) far from mind. The immediate reason for this: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the FX mini-series that debuted on February 2 to considerable acclaim. Beyond the subject matter, the original hype was largely due to producer-director Ryan Murphy and his star-studded cast. In the first episode alone, you meet Cuba Gooding Jr., acting almost too naturally as broken man O.J. Simpson; Courtney B. Vance as a pitch-perfect Johnnie Cochran; Sarah Paulson as the chain-smoking Marcia Clark; John Travolta as the comically incompetent Robert Shapiro; and, of course, His Holiness David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian. »

- Rembert Browne

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The People v Oj Simpson: episode one – great casting, with one exception

5 February 2016 8:21 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The FX series based on the trial that gripped the world is off to a flying start – but does it matter that Cuba Gooding Jr looks and sounds nothing like Oj Simpson?

Part of the trick of doing a fact-based movie, TV show or miniseries is casting. Hire the wrong actors – be they too short, too tall, not attractive enough, too attractive or just incapable of acting – and it will invariably sink your production. Would Steve Jobs have been slightly better if they cast someone who looked even remotely like Steve Jobs? Probably. Then again, we knew what Steve Jobs looked like. We saw his face a lot; maybe too much. Every six months, there he was, hocking some new light-up brick gadget that promised to change the way we exist (until the next device arrives to further advance the human species to the point where we’re just pure »

- Dave Schilling

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Martin Sheen Is Shopping a 'Making a Murderer'-Style Series That Will Exonerate O.J. Simpson

4 February 2016 1:57 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

As Ryan Murphy's "American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson" series premieres this week on the FX network (and to strong debut ratings), veteran actor Martin Sheen has announced that he's shopping around a true-crime series to TV networks that will unfold in a similar manner to Netflix's hit "Making a Murderer," which will focus on alleged evidence that “exonerates” Simpson in the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Sheen is teaming up with Dallas-based investigator William Dear, who says he has spent 21 years collecting what he calls "hard evidence" that he believes exonerates Simpson of the double murders. “People are fascinated with true crime. I know the time is right for people to look at this O.J. thing,” Dear told the New York Daily News today, adding that the project is being sold as an 8 to 10-part miniseries which, like Netflix's "Making a Murderer, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Martin Sheen Is Shopping a 'Making a Murderer'-Style Series That Will Exonerate O.J. Simpson

4 February 2016 1:57 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

As Ryan Murphy's "American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson" series premieres this week on the FX network (and to strong debut ratings), veteran actor Martin Sheen has announced that he's shopping around a true-crime series to TV networks that will unfold in a similar manner to Netflix's hit "Making a Murderer," which will focus on alleged evidence that “exonerates” Simpson in the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Sheen is teaming up with Dallas-based investigator William Dear, who says he has spent 21 years collecting what he calls "hard evidence" that he believes exonerates Simpson of the double murders. “People are »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Glee's Ryan Murphy launches initiative to increase diversity behind the lens

4 February 2016 7:08 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The producer has announced a new foundation committed to having 50% of all director slots in his shows filled by either women or minorities

Ryan Murphy, creator of Glee, American Horror Story, Scream Queens, and most recently, The People v Oj Simpson: American Crime Story, has launched a program to tackle Hollywood’s ongoing diversity problem.

Half, a foundation within Ryan Murphy Productions, his 20th Century Fox Television-based production company, is committed to having 50% of all director slots in his shows filled by either women or minorities (which he defined to the Hollywood Reporter as “people of color or members of the Lgbtq community”).

Related: Oj Simpson and the unshakable demons that continue to haunt America

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- Nigel M Smith

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See the Cast of American Crime Story Next to Their Real-Life Counterparts

3 February 2016 2:00 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Ryan Murphy's new series, American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson, began this week! Thanks to some '90s makeovers, the cast looks uncannily like the real-life people they're playing. Sarah Paulson, John Travolta, and Cuba Gooding Jr. are all starring in the limited series, based on Jeffrey Toobin's book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson. While you're marveling at their performances in the drama (and the crazy, yet tue, scenes), take a look at how much they've been made to resemble the real people. »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Ryan Murphy Launches Director Diversity Foundation

3 February 2016 1:48 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, American Horror Story and Scream Queens, will head a new foundation aimed at significantly increasing the number of female and minority directors on his series. The foundation, dubbed Half, will be run through Murphy's 20th Century Fox Television-based production company.

Murphy's TV series have helped over two dozen people earn their Directors Guild of America cards, but only a handful of them were women. "I personally can do better," Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that a recent emotional speech by former publicist »

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Ratings: ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Sets FX Record for Drama Premiere

3 February 2016 1:16 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Twenty years after the O.J. Simpson murder trial riveted the nation, FX’s new series on the subject, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” has broken out of the gate a ratings winner.

FX will again wait for three days’ worth of time-shifted viewing before making its ratings pronouncements, but the same-day numbers released Wednesday by Nielsen were pretty impressive. In fact, “People v. O.J. Simpson” set an FX viewership record for an original drama premiere with 5.11 million viewers — eclipsing the previous same-day record of 4.83 million for the network’s first-ever drama, “The Shield.” (Several shows, including “Sons of Anarchy” and installments of “American Horror Story” have had higher season premieres.)

See More: ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Recap: Building a Case for Murder

In adults 18-49, “People v. O.J. Simpson” averaged a 2.0 rating, tying with the CBS special “Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials” as Tuesday’s No. »

- Rick Kissell

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‘The People V. O.J. Simpson’ Debuts Strong With 5.1M Viewers For FX

3 February 2016 1:13 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The ratings jury has made its decision on The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and it is one FX and Ryan Murphy are likely to celebrate. The 10 Pm debut of the highly promoted anthology series about the trial of century 20-plus years ago drew 5.11 million viewers with 2.5 million adults 18-49 for a 2.0 rating. The Murphy-directed 80-minute first episode was the most-watched and highest-rated show on all of cable last night. In fact, it matched CBS’ Super Bowl… »

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O.J. Simpson Prosecutor Marcia Clark Speaks Out About American Crime Story: 'For Me, It's Reliving a Nightmare'

3 February 2016 12:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For the major players involved, living through O.J. Simpson's 1994 murder trial one time was enough - but now, the case is back in the spotlight with The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. According to Marcia Clark, who was the district attorney's lead prosecutor in Simpson's trial, the new series - which premiered Tuesday - is "reliving a nightmare." "Every bit of it is awful and hard for me," Clark, 62, said Wednesday on The View. That being said, Clark thinks the miniseries itself is "amazing" TV. "I can't watch it the way most people do," she said. "It's a painful experience, »

- Aurelie Corinthios

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Watch the Prostitution Bust That Sent a Broncos Player Home From the Super Bowl (Video)

3 February 2016 12:14 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Video has surfaced of Denver Broncos rookie Ryan Murphy being detained in connection with a prostitution sting just days before the Super Bowl. Murphy’s brother was cited for solicitation, and Murphy himself was detained but not cited or arrested, sources told the San Jose Mercury News. Inside Edition obtained video in which the 23-year-old practice squad strong safety Murphy can be seen being placed in the back of a police car by by Santa Clara, Calif. sheriff’s deputies. Also Read: Denver Broncos Player Sent Home From Super Bowl After Being Questioned in Prostitution Sting Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak »

- Jordan Burchette

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HBO’s Lgbt History: The Case Against 8 (2014)

3 February 2016 12:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Manuel is working his way through all the Lgbt-themed HBO productions.

Last week we talked about the thrilling and necessary anger fueling Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, something not even Ryan Murphy’s at times clumsy direction could quell. From that we turn to what might be the limpest most inessential HBO Lgbt film I have encountered in this entire series (sorry, The Out List, you had a good run): Ben Cotner and Ryan White’s The Case Against 8.

There’s a fascinating, informative, and entertaining doc to be made about the circuitous road to overturning California’s same-sex marriage ban, but Cotner and White’s film isn’t it »

- Manuel Betancourt

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TV Producer Ryan Murphy Confronts Diversity Problem in Hollywood

3 February 2016 11:34 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Diversity is a sensitive issue on any level. Many people roll their eyes when they hear others bring it up, and I'm sure that some readers rolled their eyes at the mere sight of the headline. But the problem is all too real, and while many top dogs in Hollywood are eager enough to voice their concerns, not a whole lot of them are acting on it.

In a recent interview with THR, Ryan Murphy, who is perhaps best known for writing and executive producing American Horror Story, spoke on the very issue of diversity in Hollywood.

"I personally can do better. [Publicist] Nanci [Ryder] said, 'People in power, you have a position and responsibility to change the industry,' and I thought, 'She's right,'"

Murphy has now acted on that power to create the foundation known as Half, which aims to ensure that half the directors on his shows wouldn't be just straight, »

- Joseph Medina

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How Does Cuba Gooding Jr. Think O.J. Simpson Will React to American Crime Story?

3 February 2016 11:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

What would O.J. Simpson, the primary subject of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, think of the new series? Actor Cuba Gooding Jr., who portrays Simpson in the FX show documenting the famous 1994 murder trial, isn't quite sure. "I would hope he would find some identification of some truth as he knew it back then and that he would eventually find redemption and healing," Gooding Jr. told People Now before Tuesday's premiere. "And I'm not saying that he's guilty or innocent, but I hope that, you know, anybody who watches this finds a better understanding." At the end of the day, »

- Aurelie Corinthios

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How Does Cuba Gooding Jr. Think O.J. Simpson Will React to American Crime Story?

3 February 2016 11:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

What would O.J. Simpson, the primary subject of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, think of the new series? Actor Cuba Gooding Jr., who portrays Simpson in the FX show documenting the famous 1994 murder trial, isn't quite sure. "I would hope he would find some identification of some truth as he knew it back then and that he would eventually find redemption and healing," Gooding Jr. told People Now before Tuesday's premiere. "And I'm not saying that he's guilty or innocent, but I hope that, you know, anybody who watches this finds a better understanding." At the end of the day, »

- Aurelie Corinthios

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