HOLLYWOOD – The team responsible for bringing us American Crime Story: The People V OJ Simpson are to script the new trial of Bill Cosby and charges of sexual assault.
In a popular decision all round it was decided yesterday that the American Crime Story will script the new Bill Cosby trial. Court reporter Sam Stanks reported:
As soon as news came through that Cosby was going to have to face the charges, we knew that the American Crime Story team would be coming to cover the trial. Many of us know them from the research they did for Season 1 and the OJ case. So it made sense when the Judge McHugh ordered them to script the trial from the beginning. This will have two main effects. First it will mean that the television series will be as authentic as possible because we’re literally reading from the same script. Plus it will add some great twists and turns to the story.
Although American Crime Story season two looks set to cover Hurricane Katrina and the follow up, the Cosby case could well be the subject of the third season. The case will take place in Montgomery, Pennsylvania and will cover a number of charges that Cosby drugged and then sexually assaulted a number of women.
About this part of the news, no jokes were made.
HOLLYWOOD – American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson has been a surprise hit, with John Travolta and Cuba Gooding Jr starring in the true crime drama for FX.
I’ll say it right off the bat, I am enjoying American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson, but even its most ardent fans have to admit we are enjoying it sometimes for the wrong reasons. Here are five of them.
1. Everyone says exactly what the writers want the audience to know. Almost as if the writer has prepared a schematic of a screenplay and then forgot to write actual dialogue. So Robert Kardashian will tell his daughter Kim Kardashian that fame is a hollow thing and when he is having doubts about OJ’s innocence will say ‘I’m having doubts about OJ’s innocence’. Johnnie Cochran, a lawyer who only cares about winning, will say ‘I only care about winning’. And so it goes… No ambiguity, no layers, no subtlety.
2. Cuba Gooding Jr’s voice. It starts off whiny and by episode two I can still put up with it. After all, he has either just murdered his wife and the guy she was with or has just found out that his wife has been murdered, so he’s upset, but the whine goes on. And on. I’m not asking for strict verisimilitude, but OJ has a basso profondo and Cuba has a falsetto. Likewise, OJ was a noted football star and Cuba looks like the kid who got his butt smacked with wet towels by the big kids.
3. Marcia Clarke smokes lots of cigarettes and Sarah Paulson acts smoking lots of cigarettes. And it shows.
4. There has not yet been an opportunity for John Travolta to dance. Yes, I know John Travolta is a serious dramatic actor. Yes, I know he wants to get rid of the image of Staruday Night Fever and Grease. And yes I know John Travolta not dancing is huge mistake. Send the lawyers to a disco for crying out loud.
5. The People v OJ Simpson is really predictable. I don’t know what it is about the story line but I keep guessing it at every turn. It started right at the beginning when OJ tried to escape in the Bronco. I just knew he was going to get caught. And I knew that the gloves weren’t going to fit. I also am pretty sure that OJ did it but the defense will get him off. I’m not sure what it is. Perhaps it’s the writing, perhaps the story needed some M. Night Shyamalan love, but this has to be one of the most weirdly predictable whodunnits ever!
HOLLYWOOD – Following the ongoing success of American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson, former Friends star David Schwimmer looks set to star in a spin off series that he will write and produce.
It’s no secret that David Schwimmer has struggled to find his feet following his initial success as Ross from popular sit-com Friends. However, it looks like his career has taken an upspike with the popularity of his role in American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson and he is keen to capitalize on the success with a spin off series that would feature the further adventures of his character Robert Kardashian. David popped into the Studio Exec villa to lay down his plans:
It’s no secret that I’ve become very close to this character. I see Robert as essentially a very decent man in a terrible situation. All his decency is turned in the wrong direction. He is an amazing friend, incredibly loyal, but that loyalty blinds him to what is going on right in front of his face.
What will the new show be about?
I found that after I read the last script and we filmed the last episode that I wasn’t really sure we had told the whole of Robert’s story. I wanted to know more about him and about his family. This is a man who goes back to the law in the highest profile legal case this country has ever seen and then he really has this fame that he had no wish for. I want to explore how he continues to live in Los Angeles and his relationship to his family especially. There was a scene in a restaurant where he turns to his daughter, I think she’s called Kim but I’ll have to look it up, and he tells them that fame is a hollow thing. I wanted to see how Robert and the Kardashians deal with that and recover from it. How they learn to sink back into their former obscurity, chastened and wiser surely. Every week he will take on a different case but we’ll also see his home life. I see it as a mix of something like Perry Mason and The Waltons.
And you are writing and directing?
Yes I am. No, wait writing and producing. Direction will be someone else. I don’t want to direct myself. It’s too distracting.
I see. And the title?
There are a few floating about but my favorite is The Kardashians.
American Crime Story: The Kardashians will be broadcast in the Fall.
AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE V OJ SIMPSON – REVIEW – The new American Crime Story is a drama that takes us all the way back to the nineties to one of the most celebrated cases in American judicial history.
The first season of the new anthology series American Crime Story has an all star cast including Sarah Paulson, John Travolta and Cuba Gooding Jr. and begins with a celebrated case in The People v O.J. Simpson. Here we have our EXCLUSIVE SPOILER FREE review.
O.J. Simpson either did or didn’t kill Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Lyle Goldman. And he will or he won’t get away with it.
HOLLYWOOD – Cuba Gooding Jr has discovered a knife in the grounds of OJ Simpson’s former Los Angeles residence.
Cuba Gooding Jr, star of American Crime Story, was today in the news after he discovered a knife in the grounds of OJ Simpson’s Los Angeles residence. He spoke exclusively to the Studio Exec:
When I am preparing for any role, but especially the role of a real person, I love to roll up my sleeves and really dig deep. And when I say dig deep, I mean literally go into the garden and start digging. I often go into the rooms and look around in the closets, looking quite literally for skeletons that might be in there.
But you had already finished filming.
I know, but actors aren’t just robots man. They can’t just pull the plug. I was obsessed with OJ and I still felt that I needed to understand what had happened that night. I was sleeping in the bushes for five months.
And then you found the knife?
I was digging quite a lot. What surprises me is that no one else had found it! But still, anyway I can’t help uncover the truth, I’m happy to do it. Finally I can say goodbye to OJ.
American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson is currently being broadcast.
HOLLYWOOD – Following the success of American Crime Story: The People V O.J. Simpson, producers have already leaked their plans to film a second season of the anthology season this time focusing on another celebrity trial: The People v. Ariana Grande.
American Crime Story 2: The People v Ariane Grande is due to start filming early next month. Starring Lady Gaga as Ariana Grande, the story will recreate the famous donut incident that almost saw the diminutive diva’s career sent into a tailspin.
Show runners Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski dropped by the Studio Exec bungalow to talk about the show:
Everyone remembers where they were when they first saw the video footage of Ariana Grande that fateful day in the July of 2015 in Wolfee Donuts, Lake Elsinore in California. It was our 9/11. Or something similar. Vietnam or JFK getting shot. It was one of those. Or maybe it was all of them wrapped up into one huge media event.
Seriously, Scott? You think it’s that big a deal?
Yeah. Sure we didn’t have the white bronco going down the freeway but this was TMZ and it was everywhere. There were issues of fairness, celebrity, entitlement, sexism and race. It was explosive. Dangerous.
How is this comparable to the murder of two people, as was the case in the OJ trial?
You have to remember how big Ariana Grande was in 2015. She was huge. And not only did she lick a few donuts she also said that she ‘hated America’ and hated ‘Americans’. Nobody was talking about anything else. The traffic stopped in the streets. Brothers who hadn’t spoken for years, phoned each other up to discuss what the hell was going on. At the MLB all star game Demi Lovato had to rush in and replace Grande when she failed to show. I mean this effected everything.
But there wasn’t actually a trial. There weren’t even charges pressed.
Not a legal one. No. But the donut shop was cited by the department of health and for Ariana, there was a trial in the court of public opinion. And the repercussions are still with us even all these weeks later.
Joining Gaga will be David Schwimmer who play Ariana’s boyfriend Ricky Alvarez and John Travolta who will play the owner of the Donut store.
American Crime Story 2: The People v Ariana Grande will be broadcast in 2017.