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05.21.2015

With American Horror Story returning for a high profile season in the fall alongside new series Scream Queens, Ryan Murphy's other new show is ready to debut a first look at it's high profile cast. American Crime Story is set to air on FX and will follow the anthology format that American Horror Story has been so successful with only focusing each season on a true crime story. First up is the infamous case of O.J. Simpson.

American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson features the acting talents of Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, Cuba Gooding Jr. as OJ Simspon, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran, and Billy Magnussen as Kato Kaelin. These first looks at the cast come courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. We have yet to see other actors in the mini-series that include Cheryl Ladd, Steven Pasquale, Connie Britton, Selma Blair, and Jordana Brewster.

Looking at these portraits brings back memories to coming home from school to find my parents and grandparents glued to CNN for developments on the court case. I also remember being glued to the TV when the verdict was reached. The OJ trial is one of the most polarizing pop culture moments of the 1990s and I am intrigued to see if the series plays like a pulpy dark comedy or takes itself seriously.

American Crime Story debuts on FX in 2016.

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5:25PM on 05/23/2015

I'm lost with you guys commenting on here

I guess I'm lost with all these people on here. I mean I've been excited about this since I first heard about it...and after seeing these pictures I'm still just as excited.
I guess I'm lost with all these people on here. I mean I've been excited about this since I first heard about it...and after seeing these pictures I'm still just as excited.
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2:42PM on 05/22/2015
is this a comedy?
is this a comedy?
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10:27AM on 05/22/2015
HAHAHAHAHA Ross Gellar is playing Robert Kardashian? That is amazing!
HAHAHAHAHA Ross Gellar is playing Robert Kardashian? That is amazing!
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5:31AM on 05/22/2015
The Trial will only be the first ten minutes of the show, the rest of the season will be about the lawyers for OJ trying to get their money.

True Detective light anyone? no thanks.
The Trial will only be the first ten minutes of the show, the rest of the season will be about the lawyers for OJ trying to get their money.

True Detective light anyone? no thanks.
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4:48AM on 05/22/2015

No thanks.

Obviously meant for shock value. Of all the interesting cases they could use for the first season they go with one of the most obvious and aggravating cases of all time. I remember I was headed towards Geometry, the class next door was piling full of people, the door couldn't let enough kids through at once. I've always been tall so I was able to peek above the heads of the teeming crowd and look in at what I knew they must be watching. THE VERDICT. The verdict was in. As crowded as the
Obviously meant for shock value. Of all the interesting cases they could use for the first season they go with one of the most obvious and aggravating cases of all time. I remember I was headed towards Geometry, the class next door was piling full of people, the door couldn't let enough kids through at once. I've always been tall so I was able to peek above the heads of the teeming crowd and look in at what I knew they must be watching. THE VERDICT. The verdict was in. As crowded as the classroom was, the only audible sound was that of the small television blasting it's little speakers from the far corner of the room. I'll never forget what happened when, "Not Guilty" came blaring out. People CHEERED. The sons of bitches CHEERED. That day was like a stepping stone for me. It was one of the first steps towards losing all faith in humanity. The sons of bitches cheered. I could only walk away, speechless.
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12:50AM on 05/22/2015

Well on the bright side...

They already look like the SNL parody of their own show. So that simplifies things
They already look like the SNL parody of their own show. So that simplifies things
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7:35PM on 05/21/2015
Did Travolta actually go through the "Face Off" procedure and switch places with Arnold Schwarzenegger?
Did Travolta actually go through the "Face Off" procedure and switch places with Arnold Schwarzenegger?
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7:50PM on 05/21/2015
HAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHA
8:51PM on 05/21/2015
After reading this post i went back up and did a double take.. now i dont know how the hell i missed that! haha nice one thats jokes
After reading this post i went back up and did a double take.. now i dont know how the hell i missed that! haha nice one thats jokes
9:09PM on 05/21/2015
Bahaha, I was thinking the same thing!
Bahaha, I was thinking the same thing!
10:26AM on 05/22/2015
Hahahaha, I was looking at that picture thinking "He doesn't look like Travolta. He looks like someone, but not Travolta" Then I read your comment and it clicked, so true HAHAHA.
Hahahaha, I was looking at that picture thinking "He doesn't look like Travolta. He looks like someone, but not Travolta" Then I read your comment and it clicked, so true HAHAHA.
6:54PM on 05/21/2015

lol

nice to see they gave Sarah Paulson that greasy mole on her lip. when I Was 8 or 9....thats all I could remember. That Gross Greasy Mole...its haunted me ever since.
nice to see they gave Sarah Paulson that greasy mole on her lip. when I Was 8 or 9....thats all I could remember. That Gross Greasy Mole...its haunted me ever since.
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6:50PM on 05/21/2015

What Travolta is thinking:

"Hmm...how do I stop these furry creatures from sleeping atop my head all the time? This is the fifteenth one in the past year."
"Hmm...how do I stop these furry creatures from sleeping atop my head all the time? This is the fifteenth one in the past year."
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6:45PM on 05/21/2015
Travolta looks less human than he did in 'Battlefield Earth'.
Travolta looks less human than he did in 'Battlefield Earth'.
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6:16PM on 05/21/2015
When I first saw John Travolta, I thought he looked like the fat lawyer Billy from the Stephen King (Richard Bachman) movie THINNER lol
When I first saw John Travolta, I thought he looked like the fat lawyer Billy from the Stephen King (Richard Bachman) movie THINNER lol
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5:55PM on 05/21/2015

Why??

I understand the concept, but we all know that he gets away with murder and is found not guilty. An original story like True Detective did would be much better. Not telling us what we already know. Zero interest in this show.
I understand the concept, but we all know that he gets away with murder and is found not guilty. An original story like True Detective did would be much better. Not telling us what we already know. Zero interest in this show.
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5:42PM on 05/21/2015
Jesus, Travolta and Schwimmer look like wax statues of themselves.
Jesus, Travolta and Schwimmer look like wax statues of themselves.
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5:26PM on 05/21/2015
I kind of wish it didn't only focus on true crime and I'm not interested in watching the OJ trial. To each his own though. Stellar cast. Hopefully it's good.
I kind of wish it didn't only focus on true crime and I'm not interested in watching the OJ trial. To each his own though. Stellar cast. Hopefully it's good.
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5:36PM on 05/21/2015
Agreed. I think an original story would be much more entertaining. We'll see I suppose
Agreed. I think an original story would be much more entertaining. We'll see I suppose
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