Monthly Archives: February 2016

Family Members of Alleged ‘Grim Sleeper’ Serial Killer Share Their Pain and Hope for Justice

Donnell Alexander made the drive from South Los Angeles to the criminal courts building in Downtown Los Angeles every day.

On trial was Grim Sleeper serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr., accused in the murder of 10 women, including Alexander’s sister Monique, and the attempted murder of another. The Grim Sleeper terrorized South Los Angeles during his 22-year murder spree, which is the focus of the upcoming People Magazine Investigates episode “The Grim Sleeper,” which airs Monday night at 10 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery.

Franklin was convicted in May, providing a measure of vindication and closure for the victims’ families.

“This is a process we have to go through,” Alexander told PEOPLE before the trial, every day of which he went to along with his parents, Mary and Porter.

“We know my sister is not coming back. She is in a better

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/victims-family-members-of-grim-sleeper-serial-killer-share-their-pain/

Ratings: ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Sets FX Record for Drama Premiere

Twenty years after the O.J. Simpson murder trial riveted the nation, FX’s new series on the subject, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” has broken out of the gate a ratings winner.

FX will again wait for three days’ worth of time-shifted viewing before making its ratings pronouncements, but the same-day numbers released Wednesday by Nielsen were pretty impressive. In fact, “People v. O.J. Simpson” set an FX viewership record for an original drama premiere with 5.11 million viewers — eclipsing the previous same-day record of 4.83 million for the network’s first-ever drama, “The Shield.” (Several shows, including “Sons of Anarchy” and installments of “American Horror Story” have had higher season premieres.)

See More: ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Recap: Building a Case for Murder

In adults 18-49, “People v. O.J. Simpson” averaged a 2.0 rating,

Read more at: https://variety.com/2016/tv/news/the-people-v-o-j-simpson-premiere-fx-ratings-record-1201696015/

American Crime Story: Things to Know About The FX Series

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Based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, the FX 10-episode limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story delves into the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers. It explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury the reasonable doubt that it needed. The series stars Cuba Gooding Jr. (O.J. Simpson), John Travolta (Robert Shapiro), Sarah Paulson (Marcia Clark), David Schwimmer (Robert Kardashian), Courtney B. Vance (Johnnie Cochran), Sterling K. Brown (Christopher Darden), Nathan Lane (F. Lee Bailey) and Kenneth Choi (Judge Lance Ito).

While at the TCA Press Tour, executive producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, along with executive producers/writers

Read more at: http://collider.com/american-crime-story-the-people-vs-oj-simpson-ryan-murphy-fx/

Review: ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson,’ Seen This Time in Double Vision

Against this well-financed club, its meetings catered with lox and whitefish from Nate’n Al of Beverly Hills, is the overtaxed yet overconfident prosecutor Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson), certain that once a jury sees the evidence and O. J.’s history of domestic violence, neither race nor celebrity will matter. She’s driven, idealistic, blinded, doomed.

Docufiction may seem an odd fit for Mr. Murphy, known for carving the exquisite gargoyles of “American Horror Story” and “Scream Queens.” But Mr. Murphy, a former journalist, has a reporter’s impulse to document the way we live and a moralist’s zeal about society’s obsession with fame and appearance. (His “Nip/Tuck” used plastic surgery to examine self-loathing; “Glee” began with Rachel Berry’s declaration that “being anonymous is worse than being poor.”)

“The People” shifts tones nimbly. When Mr. Cochran stages Mr. Simpson’s house for a walk-through by the largely black jury — removing

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/02/arts/television/tv-review-people-vs-oj-simpson-american-crime-story.html

Review: ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson,’ Seen This Time in Double Vision

Against this well-financed club, its meetings catered with lox and whitefish from Nate’n Al of Beverly Hills, is the overtaxed yet overconfident prosecutor Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson), certain that once a jury sees the evidence and O. J.’s history of domestic violence, neither race nor celebrity will matter. She’s driven, idealistic, blinded, doomed.

Docufiction may seem an odd fit for Mr. Murphy, known for carving the exquisite gargoyles of “American Horror Story” and “Scream Queens.” But Mr. Murphy, a former journalist, has a reporter’s impulse to document the way we live and a moralist’s zeal about society’s obsession with fame and appearance. (His “Nip/Tuck” used plastic surgery to examine self-loathing; “Glee” began with Rachel Berry’s declaration that “being anonymous is worse than being poor.”)

“The People” shifts tones nimbly. When Mr. Cochran stages Mr. Simpson’s house for a walk-through by the largely black jury — removing

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/02/arts/television/tv-review-people-vs-oj-simpson-american-crime-story.html