Emmys Magazine: All Rise
FX's reopening of The People v. O.J. Simpson captivated viewers who'd watched the real thing 20 years ago, along with a new generation who knew nothing of that Bronco and the glove.
If that's true, then FX has guaranteed we'll never see the likes of the O.J. Simpson trial again. Few shows in recent years have prompted more cultural reflection than the network's 10-episode The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Grime Story, a vivid retelling of the murder trial that mesmerized the country two decades ago.
So far, the limited series is cable's most popular new show of 2016; it averaged nearly 13 million viewers a week and was probably the number-one topic at dinner parties everywhere during its run.
"I wasn't surprised," says O.J. star and producer John Travolta. "I knew with what was happening in our lives presently, this would be relevant. If the intention of a group making a project is not to resolve something but to start a conversation about it, you will have a piece of art that communicates what matters."
The Simpson trial made legal and cultural history. The People v. O.J. Simpson made TV history. The project's key players gave the backstory to emmy's Craig Tomashoff on how the series became a phenomenon... READ MORE