Saturday, March 23, 2013

Fox TV to Make Major Entertainment Event of the O. J. Simpson Murder Case

Because Making a Few Bucks Off of Glamorizing a Horrific Murder is What Fox TV Does

O. J. Simpson is serving time for various crimes in Nevada, but Fox TV thinks the public is still interested in his trial for murder in the slaying of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.  So they are going to present this, a ‘tentpole event series’ on the murder and trial.

What is a ‘tentpole event series’?  We have no idea, never heard the term before, have no concept of what it means, and given that it is associated with Fox we have no doubt that it is pretty meaningless.  But here is what Fox TV promises.

“The Run of His Life” will “take viewers behind the scenes of ‘The Trial of the Century,’ driven by the nonstop plot of a courtroom thriller and presenting the story of the trial as it has never been told,” Fox promised.


While we don’t want to ruin the suspense, here’s what happens.  O. J. SIMPSON IS FOUND NOT GUILTY.

Sorry, could not help ourselves.

Of course, this is not the first time Fox TV has tried to capitalize on the O. J. Simpson case.

Fox last tried to get into bed with Simpson’s sordid story in 2006, announcing in November of that year The Practically Perfect November Sweeps Stunt: a two-hour interview in which Simpson himself would detail how he would have murdered his wife, Nicole, and her friend Ron Goldman more than 10 years earlier.

But what happened then?

Sadly, a few days later, News Corp. canceled the book and the TV interview, succumbing to the outrage, after a dozen Fox-affiliated TV stations said they would not air the interview.

“I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project,” News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch said at that time, adding: “We are sorry for any pain that this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.”

That’s right, the show was so egregiously offensive that it even shamed Rupert Murdoch.  But apparently that shame was not permanent, so here we are again. 

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