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If you haven’t already, you need to hurry up and watch…
Last night BBC2 aired, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, and critics and are audiences raving about it – not just because it features reality TV royalty in the form of the Kardahians.
OJ Simpson’s 1994-95 murder trial in which he was accused of stabbing ex wife, Nicole Brown and her friend, Ronald Lyle Goldman, has been dubbed ‘the crime of the century,’ and gripped the media worldwide. The NFL player turned actor was acquitted during the criminal trial, but later found liable during a civil trial.
Now Ryan Murphy (yup, Scream Queens, Glee, Eat Pray Love et al) has created American Crime Story, a spin-off of the hugely successful American Horror Story, and once again people are hooked.
The show has cast some major players from film and TV, who have been raking in astounding reviews; including Cuba Gooding Jr. as OJ, John Travolta and David Schwimmer as his defense lawyers, Robert Shapiro and Robert Kardashian, and Selma Blair as Kardashian’s then-wife, Kris Jenner.
The Kardashian matriarch is thrilled with the casting of David Schwimmer as her ex husband, for quite possibly the best reason ever: ‘I thought it was really cool when I found out that David Schwimmer was playing Robert Kardashian, as Robert was one of his biggest fans on Friends, he would watch that show religiously!’ Amazing.
Despite the A-list cast and show runner, the miniseries hasn’t been sensationalised or blown out of proportion, with the dramatic retelling not only staying remarkably close to events, but also giving audiences a real feel of what went on outside the courtroom and behind closed doors. In fact, some scenes were shot in the home that the Kardashians lived in during the trial, and Selma Blair wears some of Kris Jenner’s actual clothes from the 90s.
Even the most hard to please critics have found The People Vs. OJ Simpson faultless. Jeffery Toobin, author of The Run of his Life: The People v. OJ Simpson, has called it great TV, calling it: ‘everything that obsesses the American perople – race, sex, violence, sports. The most famous event in American history that had ever been dramatised.’
We’re obsessed already, join us.
The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story is on Monday’s at 9pm on BBC2.