Television Producers Reportedly Express Interest In An O.J. Simpson Reality Show
Earlier this week, reports surfaced that O.J. Simpson was eligible for parole in 2017, and may be freed from prison in October if the courts approve his release. Now, his life outside of detainment might be confined to the lens of a reality show.
According to TMZ, unidentified producers expressed their interest in creating a Simpson reality show, but a few factors might place a halt on their plans. The site states that producers are weary of finding a confirmed network to house the potential show because advertisers might stray from connecting their content to the program.
This news follows the ratings success of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson on FX, and O.J.: Made in America on ESPN. Both programs went on to rack up awards in the previous and current year, intertwining race, sports and politics within each airing.
Simpson has been in prison since 2008 for armed robbery. The arrest stemmed from a physical altercation with a person he accused of stealing his valuable sports memorabilia. The 69-year-old’s first high-profile court case was documented in the aforementioned shows when the former pro-footballer was on trial in the mid-90s for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson, and Ron Goldman. The court proceeding ended with a not-guilty verdict, which sent a wave of mixed feelings across the nation. The families of Nicole and Ron later filed a wrongful death civil suit against Simpson for $33 million.