O.J. SimpsonLatest News and Opinion
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
O.J. Simpson: "I watch nothing of me," including this week's Fox special
Simpson gave an extensive, exclusive interview to the Buffalo News earlier this week, in which he was asked about the TV programming in recent years revolving around his life and murder case. "When people want to make money or get ratings," Simpson said, "they're going to pimp me. I'm going to get pimped." As for Sunday's Fox special, O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?, he said: "I didn't watch it because I knew they were all haters, and people will say things that are just not true, and there's nobody there to challenge them, and that would piss me off." He added with laughter: "Listen, if I confessed 12 years ago, you would have heard about it 12 years ago!"
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 6:57AM EDT
O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? brought Fox back to its "tacky, tawdry shock-TV past"
"There wasn’t much there there" in the two-hour special that mostly rehashed everything you probably knew about O.J. Simpson's marriage and murder trial, says Kristen Baldwin. She says O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? was a product of the "tacky, tawdry shock-TV past" that Fox evolved away from many years ago. "But then," Baldwin says, "ABC stole Idol out of their trash heap, and something in Fox snapped. Panicked, angry, and desperate for something to premiere against this unholy Idol, Fox found something taped to the inside of their toilet tank — an emergency stash so old, they may have even forgotten they ever had it in the first place. Yes, O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? is the programming equivalent of finding your meth-addict buddy on the floor of his apartment, face-down in a puddle of his own sick." ALSO: Fox tried to make old news relevant by putting it in the context of powerful, famous men abusing women.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
Fox got the approval of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman's families to air O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?
Executive producer Terry Wrong predicts Sunday's two-hour special will be a "TV event." He notes that O.J. Simpson wasn't paid for the original 2006 interview, though he was paid for the book If I Did It that he was promoting. Wrong also says that they sought the approval of both victims' families to air the special. “Both families feel that he’s guilty and he got away with murder,” Wrong said of why the families no longer objected to the interview being showcased. “Their attitude is, he’s going to hang himself.” ALSO: Host Soledad O'Brien says this was the most bizarre TV show she's ever worked on.
Posted Wednesday 3/07/18 at 4:45PM EST
Prosecutor Christopher Darden added to Fox's O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? special
Sunday's Fox O.J. Simpson special has added a panel of five analysts, including Darden, who prosecuted the Simpson case (and whom Sterling K. Brown played on The People v. O.J. Simpson in his breakout role). Book publisher Judith Regan, who interviewed Simpson for the special in 2006 to promote their book collaboration If I Did It, will also be among the panelists. News Corp. fired Regan over the Simpson interview controversy in 2006, prompting her to file a $100 million lawsuit that was later settled out of court. Also joining the Soledad O'Brien-hosted special are an FBI profiler, an anti-domestic violence advocate and a representative of the Nicole Brown Simpson family.
Posted Thursday 3/01/18 at 6:42PM EST
Fox to take on Idol's return by finally airing O.J. Simpson's infamous "If I Did It" interview
American Idol's old network will take on its new network ABC on Sunday, March 11 by airing Simpson's "If I Did It" interview that proved too controversial for 2006. O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? will air with limited interruption, featuring book publisher Judith Regan's "no-holds-barred" 2006 discussion with Simpson as he described what he would've done on the night of June 12, 1994 had he, hypothetically, killed ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Soledad O'Brien will host the special, and will be joined by a panel of experts. Fox says the special has the blessing of the Goldman and Brown families.
Posted Thursday 10/19/17 at 7:37PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel: The Larry Sanders Show inspired me to do ads within my talk show
Years ago, Kimmel was watching the Larry Sanders episode where Garry Shandling’s character had to shill for the “Garden Weasel.” “They forced him to do it and it turned out to be funny,” says Kimmel. “It was interesting. I felt like maybe it was a sign.” With the show facing financial pressures at the time, Jimmy Kimmel Live! has since done in-show ads for everything from KFC to Ciroc vodka. “With the show in Brooklyn, we do more integrations, because it’s very expensive to travel,” Kimmel adds. “I think it costs more than $1 million a show. It’s a lot for us. We do need to pump that up.”
Posted Wednesday 10/04/17 at 9:30AM EDT
So far, TV networks are staying away from O.J. Simpson, fearing an advertiser backlash
One news veteran described landing an exclusive interview with Simpson, who was recently released from prison, as “treacherous.”
Posted Monday 9/11/17 at 3:14PM EDT
Don Ohlmeyer, the NBC exec who resurrected the Peacock’s primetime lineup in the early ‘90s, dies at 72
When Ohlmeyer arrived as NBC West Coast president in 1993, he says “there was the smell of death” — despite Law & Order and Seinfeld being on the air, they were not hits. Ohlmeyer oversaw NBC’s primetime revival with the emergence of Seinfeld, plus the launch of Frasier, Friends and ER. But despite all that, and his producing work on Monday Night Football, Ohlmeyer is probably best be remembered as O.J. Simpson’s friend who got Norm Macdonald fired from SNL's Weekend Update 20 years ago.
Posted Monday 8/14/17 at 10:32PM EDT
Pawn Stars to feature Ford Bronco from the O.J. Simpson slow-speed chase
The History show will test drive the white Bronco, which Simpson’s former agent Mike Gilbert says he bought from A.C. Cowlings, who drove it during the infamous 1994 chase. Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison says he wanted to feature the car because it’s a “really a bizarre part of history,” adding: ”I try and stay away from stuff (connected to) bad people, but it's so iconic.”