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FX to air ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’ marathon

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FX will air a marathon of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story on Saturday, June 11.

According to a press release from the network, viewers will be able to watch the limited series again in its entirety with very limited commercial interruption. FX will air all ten episodes of the series on Saturday, June 11 starting at 2 PM EST/PT.

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story is one of the most critically acclaimed and talked about TV series of the year. The series stars John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, David Schwimmer, Sterling K. Brown, Nathan Lane, Connie Britton, Selma Blair, Malcom-Jamal Warner, Kenneth Choi and Bruce Greenwood.

See the complete list of episodes below:

Chapter 1 – “From the Ashes of Tragedy” – The murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman lead the LAPD to the home of O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.). Written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski; directed by Ryan Murphy.

 

Chapter 2 – “The Run of His Life” – With O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) missing in the white Bronco, Robert Shapiro (John Travolta) and Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer) deal with the fallout, as the D.A.’s office and LAPD scramble to save face and find him. Written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski; directed by Ryan Murphy.

 

Chapter 3 – “The Dream Team” – Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) announces that O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) has been charged. Robert Shapiro (John Travolta) seeks advice from F. Lee Bailey (Nathan Lane) and comes up with a provocative strategy. As Shapiro starts putting together “The Dream Team”, he must convince O.J. to hire Johnnie Cochran (Courtney B. Vance). Written by D.V. DeVincentis; directed by Anthony Hemingway.

 

Chapter 4 – “100% Not Guilty” – Johnnie Cochran (Courtney B. Vance) brings an energy that transforms the case. As jury selection gets underway, the prosecution and defense seek out the assistance of jury research experts, who come back with some surprising results. Meanwhile, Faye Resnick (Connie Britton) publishes a tell-all book, complicating the court proceedings. Written by Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky and Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski; directed by Anthony Hemingway.

 

Chapter 5 – “The Race Card” – As the trial begins, Christopher Darden (Sterling K. Brown) and Johnnie Cochran (Courtney B. Vance) face off in court.   Chris has doubts about Mark Fuhrman (Steven Pasquale) as a witness. The jury visits the crime scene. Written by Joe Robert Cole; directed by John Singleton.

 

Chapter 6 – “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” – As Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) juggles her home and work obligations, she starts to feel the public scrutiny of her appearance. Written by D.V. DeVincentis; directed by Ryan Murphy.

 

Chapter 7 – “Conspiracy Theories” – Conspiracy theories start to arise around the case. The prosecution debates whether they should have O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) try on the gloves in court. Written by D.V. DeVincentis; directed by Anthony Hemingway.

 

Chapter 8 – “A Jury In Jail” – Months into the trial, cut off from their families, society and the media, the jurors grow stir crazy and start becoming unlikely targets for the prosecution and the defense. Meanwhile, the country gets an introduction to the science of DNA evidence. Written by Joe Robert Cole; directed by Anthony Hemingway.

 

Chapter 9 – “Manna From Heaven” – Johnnie Cochran (Courtney B. Vance) and F. Lee Bailey (Nathan Lane) head across the country to get their hands on the Mark Fuhrman tapes. Judge Ito (Kenneth Choi) must decide whether the tapes, and the racial epithets they contain, are admissible. Written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski; directed by Anthony Hemingway.

 

Chapter 10 – “The Verdict” – The prosecution and defense make their closing statements, the jurors deliberate, and the verdict comes down. Written by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski; directed by Ryan Murphy.

 

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‘When They See Us’ trailer reveals Ava DuVernay’s limited series about the Central Park Five

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Netflix has released the full-length trailer for Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us, a four-part limited series which chronicles the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape that they did not commit.

Created, directed, and co-written by DuVernay, When They See Us begins in the spring of 1989 and follows the five teens from Harlem—Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise—into adulthood, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

“On this exact day 30 years ago, a woman was raped in Central Park,” DuVernay wrote in a tweet Friday morning. “Five black + brown boys were framed for her rape. The story you know is the lie that police, prosecutors and Donald Trump told you. When They See Us is the story of the boys from their eyes and their hearts.”

Despite their exoneration by DNA evidence, and a confession from a man separate from the Central Park Five who took credit for the crime, Trump has continued to push a baseless theory that the five men are guilty over the years, most recently during the 2016 presidential election cycle.

The series stars Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar J. Dorsey, Adepero Oduye, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Storm Reid, Dascha Polanco, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Caleel Harris, Marquis Rodriguez and Asante Blackk.

Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey from Harpo Films, and Jane Rosenthal, Berry Welsh and Robert De Niro from Tribeca Productions executive produced alongside DuVernay through her Forward Movement banner. Attica Locke, Robin Swicord, and Michael Starrbury also served as writers on the series.

When They See Us will debut in full on Netflix on May 31.

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A television series based on ‘Love, Simon’ is in the works at Disney’s new streaming service

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A series adaptation of Greg Berlanti’s gay coming-of-age dramedy Love, Simon is in the works at Disney+, the company’s new streaming service expected to debut later this year, sources tell Silver Screen Beat.

The series, which will feature an entirely new cast, will be based on Becky Albertalli’s young adult novel Leah on the Offbeat, a sequel to the hit book that Love, Simon was based on.

Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker, who penned the script for the 2018 movie, will serve as showrunners on the series, which is being produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Berlanti will have no involvement with the project due to his exclusive overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Love, Simon, which starred Nick Robinson as the title character, a closeted, gay teenager who struggles with coming out to his family and friends, was both a critical and box office success, grossing more than $66.3 million worldwide on a $17 million production budget.

The film also starred Katherine Langford, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Alexandra Shipp, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Keiynan Lonsdale, Tony Hale, Logan Miller, and Talitha Bateman.

The Love, Simon series joins a growing list of premium original programming that will be featured on Disney+, including several series based on the company’s Marvel and Star Wars franchises.

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On the heels of its season two premiere, ‘Barry’ gets renewed for a third season at HBO

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HBO has renewed its hit Emmy-nominated comedy series Barry for a third season, the premium cable network announced Wednesday. The news comes on the heels of the show’s second season premiere on March 31.

The critically acclaimed show was created by Alec Berg and Bill Hader, who stars in the title role. The current season follows Barry as he attempts to untangle himself from the world of contract killing and fully immerse himself in acting.

Season two cast regulars include Stephen Root as Barry’s handler, who is alarmed to contemplate a future without his primary source of income; Sarah Goldberg as a dedicated acting student who becomes the object of Barry’s affection; Anthony Carrigan as an unfailingly polite mobster; and Henry Winkler as a pompous yet endearing acting teacher who takes Barry under his wing.

For its first season, Barry picked up three Emmy nominations including Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for Hader, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Winkler, and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation.

In addition to creating the show, Berg and Hader executive produce the series with co-executive producer Aida Rodgers. Julie Camino and Jason Kim produce alongside co-producers Duffy Boudreau and Amy Solomon.

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