American Crime Story: The People Vs. OJ Simpson was an unqualified success, even though it could have gone off the rails at any stage. A big-name cast and a story that everyone knew meant that it could have fallen flat on its face, but Ryan Murphy’s 10-parter was an excellent piece of story-telling, using the infamous OJ Simpson case as its backdrop and giving us a fascinating peek behind the scenes of the crime of the century and how to affected its main players. We knew from the start Murphy had stated that he was planning, like his American Horror Story series, that Crime Story was to be an anthology series, and now we know more about series two.
Many of the original cast of American Crime Story‘s debut season — The People V. O.J. Simpson — are expected to reassemble for the next chapter in the Ryan Murphy-produced anthology show. Producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson confirm to Awardsline that writers went to New Orleans last week on a research trip for Season 2, which will tell of the American response to Hurricane Katrina. And O.J.‘s Marcia Clark, Sarah Paulson, says she fully intends to return to the series. “The Katrina story, to me, is a literal American crime,” Paulson explains. “It says something about a uniquely American attitude, and I find it incredibly potent.”
The return of Paulson – who was superb in the first series as Marcia Clark – and many other actors who appeared in that first series, mirrors American Horror Story, especially the re-hiring of actors to play different characters in different series. In this case, we’re expecting John Travolta to re-appear in the second series. Speaking of the second series, here’s more info, specifically about Hurricane Katrina, the storm that ripped the city of New Orleans apart.
In the case of Katrina, that means examining the neglect and disparity of care that followed the storm’s landfall on August 25 2005. “To explore these things from a character foundation, and to revel in the shades of grey—to explore moments in which there’s a disparity between the way our country wants to see itself and the way we actually are— that’s been a really inspiring perspective for us. Adds [Producer, Nina] Jacobson: “It’s a very different story to O.J., but we’re optimistic that if we dive deep and focus on great characters, we can have another great season of television.”
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