O.J. Simpson has made for some great TV in the recent years — with ESPN’s O.J.: Made in America taking home the Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars and FX’s The People vs. O.D. Simpson: American Crime Story winning countless awards at both the Golden Globes and the Emmys — and now, it appears “The Juice” himself is ready to get in on the action with a reality show!
According to TMZ, the 69-year-old could be released in October, and several production companies have already expressed interest in creating an O.J. show — likely following a documentary or interview format — though there is some trouble with the prospect, considering many advertisers wouldn’t want to invest in the airtime.
O.J.’s 1994 mug shot.
In fact, this isn’t the first time networks have run into this problem; back in 2006, O.J. allegedly collaborated on the book If I Did It, which put forth a “hypothetical” description of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Fox taped an interview with O.J., in which he would allegedly describe how he would have committed the deaths “if he were the one responsible,” but the network opted to cancel it after public outcry.
Some TV sources told TMZ that a possible O.J. series would be ideal for Pay-Per-View because, as one insider explained, “People could pay without being judged.”
The one-time Heisman Trophy winner was tried on two counts of murder for the 1994 deaths of his ex-wife and her friend and famously acquitted after the highly publicized trial.
O.J.’s 2008 kidnapping/robbery trial.
O.J. has been behind bars since early 2008, following a 2007 armed robbery during which the football star led a group of men to steal sports memorabilia from a Las Vegas hotel room. On Oct. 3, 2008 — exactly 13 years to the day after he was acquitted for the murder charges — O.J. was found guilty on all 12 charges against him (including robbery and kidnapping charges) and was sentenced to 33 years behind bars, with eligibility for parole in nine years (aka he’s first up for parole this coming October).
If O.J. were to take part in any TV series, it’s unlikely that he would financially benefit from it in anyway; in 1997, a civil court awards a $33.5 million judgment against him for the wrongful death of Nicole and Ron — meaning any profit would likely go to the victims’ families.