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American Crime Story
File:American Crime Story Season 1 Poster.jpg
Season 1 poster
Genre True crime
Created by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
Based on The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin (season 1)
Starring
Composer(s) Mac Quayle
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Chip Vucelich
John Travolta
Alexis Martin Woodall
Production location(s) Los Angeles, California
Cinematography Nelson Cragg
Editor(s) Adam Penn
C. Chi-Yoon Chung
Stewart Schill
Running time 41–58 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Release
Original network FX
Original release February 2, 2016 (2016-02-02) – present
External links
Website

American Crime Story is an American true crime anthology television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who are executive producers with Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, Ryan Murphy, and Brad Simpson. It premiered on the cable network FX in the United States on February 2, 2016.[1][2][3]

The first season, subtitled The People v. O.J. Simpson, presents the murder trial of O. J. Simpson, based on Jeffrey Toobin's book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.[4] A second season is in development and it will focus on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.[5]

Cast

The People v. O.J. Simpson

Production

Development

On October 7, 2014, it was announced that FX had ordered a ten-episode season of American Crime Story, developed/executive produced by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, while being executive produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, who co-created such series as Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story and Scream Queens. Murphy also directed the pilot episode. Other executive producers are Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson.[6] Co-executive producers are Anthony Hemingway and D. V. DeVincentis. All 10 episodes were expected to be written by Alexander and Karaszewski.[4][7] The series was previously in development at Fox, but since moved to the company's sibling cable network FX.[8]

Casting

Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Sarah Paulson were the first to be cast as Simpson and Marcia Clark, respectively.[9] Subsequently, David Schwimmer was cast as Robert Kardashian.[10] In January 2015, it was reported that John Travolta had joined the cast as Robert Shapiro. He will also serve as producer.[11] In February 2015, Courtney B. Vance joined the series as Johnnie Cochran.[12] It was announced that Connie Britton would co-star as Faye Resnick, in March 2015.[13] April 2015, saw the casting of Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden;[14] and Jordana Brewster as Denise Brown.[15] and Kenneth Choi as Judge Lance Ito.[16] In May 2015, it was confirmed Selma Blair would be portraying the role of Kris Kardashian.[17] In July 2015, it was announced Nathan Lane had joined the cast as F. Lee Bailey.[18]

Filming

Principal photography for the series began on May 14, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.[15][19]

Promotion

In October 2015, FX released its first promotional trailer for The People v. O. J. Simpson, showing an Akita dog whining, walking from its residence onto a sidewalk to bark, then walking back to its residence, leaving behind bloody paw prints.[20] Later that month, another teaser was released, where the first actual footage of Travolta as Shapiro was shown. In the teaser, Shapiro is about to ask Simpson (whose face is unseen) if he is responsible for the murder of his ex-wife. Another short teaser came out, where Simpson (again unseen) is taking a lie detector test.

In November, two new teasers were released. The first shows Simpson writing his attempted suicide letter, while a voice-over by Gooding, Jr. narrates. The second has the police chasing Simpson's white Ford Bronco, while dozens of fans cheer for him.[21]

The first full trailer was released in December, along with a poster for the season. The trailer included a suicide attempt on the part of Simpson, in the childhood bedroom of Kim Kardashian, while Robert Kardashian tries to stop him.[22]

Episodes

Season 1: The People v. O.J. Simpson (2016)

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "From the Ashes of Tragedy" Ryan Murphy Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski February 2, 2016 (2016-02-02) 1WAX01 5.11[23]
2 "The Run of His Life" Ryan Murphy Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski February 9, 2016 (2016-02-09) 1WAX02 3.89[24]
3 "The Dream Team" Anthony Hemingway D. V. DeVincentis February 16, 2016 (2016-02-16) 1WAX03 3.33[25]
4 "100% Not Guilty" Anthony Hemingway Maya Forbes & Wallace Wolodarsky and
Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski
February 23, 2016 (2016-02-23) 1WAX04 2.99[26]
5 "The Race Card" John Singleton Joe Robert Cole March 1, 2016 (2016-03-01) 1WAX05 2.72[27]
6 "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" Ryan Murphy D. V. DeVincentis March 8, 2016 (2016-03-08) 1WAX06 3.00[28]
7 "Conspiracy Theories" Anthony Hemingway D. V. DeVincentis March 15, 2016 (2016-03-15) 1WAX07 2.89[29]
8 "A Jury in Jail" Anthony Hemingway Joe Robert Cole March 22, 2016 (2016-03-22) 1WAX08 2.91[30]
9 "Manna from Heaven" Anthony Hemingway Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski March 29, 2016 (2016-03-29) 1WAX09 2.76[31]
10 "The Verdict" Ryan Murphy Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski April 5, 2016 (2016-04-05) 1WAX10 3.27[32]

Broadcast

International broadcast

The series first premiered worldwide in Canada on FX on February 2, 2016.[33] In the Philippines, the series premiered on February 3, 2016 on CT.[34] The series premiered on BBC Two in the United Kingdom on February 15, 2016.[35] In Australia, the series' first season was promoted as a "miniseries" under the title The People vs OJ Simpson and premiered on Network Ten on March 6, 2016 before concluding on May 8, 2016.[36] In South Asia, the series premiered on STAR Word Premier HD on February 8, 2016. In Israel the series premiered on February 22nd, 2016.

Reception

The first season of American Crime Story has received critical acclaim. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the season an approval rating of 97%, based on 64 reviews, with an average rating of 8.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story brings top-shelf writing, directing, and acting to bear on a still-topical story while shedding further light on the facts – and provoking passionate responses along the way."[37] On Metacritic, the season has a score of 90 out of 100, based on 43 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[38]

Many critics have singled out many cast members for the performances, particularly Paulson and Vance.[39][40][41] Dan Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter praised Paulson and Vance's performances, writing: "As Clark's discomfort grows, Paulson's collection of tics seem more and more human[...] Vance's Cochran is sometimes hilarious, but he has a dynamic range such that he's occasionally introspective and always intelligent as well."[40] Brian Lowry of Variety praised the casting of the smaller roles, particularly Connie Britton as Faye Resnick and Nathan Lane as F. Lee Bailey.[42]

Despite the praise for the rest of the cast, Travolta's portrayal of Shapiro and Gooding's portrayal of Simpson have received mixed critical reviews. Brian Lowry of Variety called Travolta "awful" in the role, adding: "Yes, Shapiro spoke in stiff, measured tones, but the actor's overly mannered line readings turn the attorney into a buffoon, in sharp contrast to the more nuanced portrayals around him."[42] Nicole Jones of Vanity Fair called his performance "campy and calculated."[43] Dan Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter also criticized his performance, calling it "a mesmerizingly bad performance from the eyebrows down." Feinberg also observed: "His unnecessary accent varies by episode, and Travolta's laser intensity feels arch and almost kabuki at times, turning Shapiro into a terrifying character from the next American Horror Story installment, rather than a part of this ensemble."[40]

Maureen Ryan of Vanity Fair, conversely, became more impressed with Travolta as the season progressed: "I started in the realm of puzzled disbelief, arrived at amusement, and ultimately traveled to a place of sincere appreciation. You simply can’t take your eyes off Travolta, and that is a form of enchantment."[44]

Dave Schilling of The Guardian panned Gooding's performance, writing: "his whiny, gravely voice sounds absolutely nothing like the real OJ Simpson’s deep, commanding tones."[45] Michael Starr of The New York Post was also highly critical of Gooding's performance, saying that he "portrays Simpson as a hollow, sad-sack cipher who speaks in a high-pitched whine and sleepwalks in a fog he never shakes after being arrested for the brutal double murder of ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. He’s a forgettable, annoying presence in what should be a showcase role for Gooding — who, to be fair, is reciting lines written for him, so he can only do so much with the material."[46] On the other hand, Joe McGovern was more positive on Gooding's performance, writing that his casting "takes a risk and pulls it off."[47]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated artist/work Result
2015 5th Critics' Choice Television Awards[48]
Most Exciting New Series American Crime Story Won

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