For more than two decades, O.J. Simpson's arrest and acquittal in the murder of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman has been a topic of obsessive interest around the world. We've had multiple movies, books and TV shows about the case. But would you there could be even more O.J. Simpson coming our way in the form of a reality series?
Simpson was imprisoned in 2008 after being found guilty for kidnapping and armed robbery, and was sentenced to 33 years in prison with the possibility of parole in 2017. In October, there's a chance that he'll be released. And if that happens, Simpson will possibly be back on TV on a regular basis.
No, you are not hallucinating. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that several TV networks are considering giving Simpson a docuseries after his release. Why in the world would that happen? Well, the companies are taking into account the major successful coverage the man's story had in 2016, with the Emmy-winning The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and the Oscar-winning O.J.: Made In America.
However, this is still not a done deal, as there's concern in the industry for the uncertainty of such a project. Rasha Drachkovitch, CEO of 44 Blue Productions — which is one of the networks claiming plans are in place — stated:
"The danger of trainwreck shows is that you've got to watch out for the train because it will run you over."
Another big question mark above this project is the controversy that would inevitably come with it, and advertisers steering away from it. This isn't O.J.'s first attempt at branching out into television. In 2006 his TV special, O.J. Simpson: If I Did It, Here's How It Happened, was pulled by the network over advertisers expressing their concern for the outcry it would bring, and local network affiliates refused to air it.
Furthermore, before his incarceration, Simpson gave the small screen a shot with a pay-per-view, hidden camera show titled Juiced, in which he pretended to be, for example, a car salesman or a homeless person, and surprised people with his real identity. Yes, that happened, and you can take a look at it below:
But the biggest concern surrounding an O.J. reality TV show is whether anyone would even want to watch it, considering that the star is someone found personally liable in civil court for the deaths of two people. The president of producers consortium Pact US, David Lyle, stated:
"The last time I saw him interviewed, he was what I'd call bad television. So I don't think he's going to be giving the Kardashians a run for their money — unless he married one, I suppose."
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As you can see, O.J.'s possible new career in reality TV is still up in the air. While it could definitely happen, that doesn't mean it should — or that anyone would watch. Interest in an O.J. story set away from the 1990s is a doubtful scenario (to say the least).
Would you like to see an O.J. Simpson reality TV series?