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Why only FX could do justice to ‘O.J. Simpson’


First impressions are not always correct, so shame on me for immediately assuming the scripted drama “The People v. O.J. Simpson” would be the pits.

After all, there has been no shortage of mediocre programming based on the sensational murder case. Past attempts have included Fox TV movie “The O.J. Simpson Story” in 1995, CBS miniseries “American Tragedy” in 2000, and last year’s documentary “The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Case: The Untold Story” on the A&E Networks. So I wondered why we needed yet another re-enactment of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Then I realized this new show, “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” is the first season of the “American Crime Story” anthology series from Ryan Murphy — and it is on FX. That makes a world of difference.

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