The People v. O.J. Simpson Worries the Families of the Victims

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

The People v. O.J. Simpson worries the families of the victims

Nicole Brown Simpson’s younger sister and Ron Goldman’s father say FX's American Crime Story producers never reached out to their families. And that has them concerned about potential inaccuracies. "They didn't take the families into consideration. Who is defending my sister?” says Tanya, Nicole Brown Simpson’s younger sister. Ron Goldman’s father, Fred Goldman, adds: "You are going to have (younger) people basing their beliefs on a movie. Last time I checked, we don't rely on movies for facts.” Executive producer Brad Simpson tells People producers purposefully ignored the victims’ families because the event series is based on court transcripts and Jeffrey Toobin’s 1996 book.


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The child-stalking black-suited character that was born as an internet meme is poised to be the focus of Season 6, according to Us Magazine “Someone else wrote the script, and AHS wants to adapt it to fit  the show,” says a source. “They have to buy the rights. Then they’re going to figure out the cast from there.”


Why The Good Wife should call it quits after this season

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Bristol Palin slams Tina Fey reprising her SNL Sarah Palin impression as “desperate” and “pathetic”

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Why can’t SNL quit Darrell Hammond?

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Why Making a Murderer was wrong to paint Steven Avery as the “perfect victim”

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Watch the couple lip-sync to Toto’s Africa.


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Check out the ultimate mashup.


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Here’s a preview of the soundtrack album for the Fox event.


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