The Must List: O.J.: Made in America gets real about Simpson and racial tension in L.A.
Plus four other things we love in pop culture this week
O.J.: Made in America
Just as the dust from FX’s breakout hit The People v. O.J. Simpson begins to settle, ESPN is releasing its long-gestating nonfiction account of the events surrounding the Simpson murder case and subsequent trial 21 years after the infamous verdict was announced, though their O.J.: Made in America arguably casts a wider net than the Ryan Murphy drama.
Directed by Ezra Edelman (30 for 30, Cutie and the Boxer), the project encompasses over seven hours of footage pieced together to form a multi-tiered documentary spanning several years and waves of cultural topics. The five-part series doesn’t just focus on the Simpson trial, however, as it probes into the culture surrounding the case itself, including issues of sexism, police brutality, and racial tension that contributed to how the nation watched, understood, and influenced the events surrounding one of the most highly-publicized crimes in history.
O.J.: Made in America premieres Saturday, June 11 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. The four remaining installments will air at 9 p.m. ET beginning Tuesday, June 14 through Saturday, June 18 on ESPN.
Hot off May’s series finale of The Good Wife, show creators Robert and Michelle King are back with their next project for CBS, BrainDead. Tonally alternative to the the long-running Julianna Margulies drama, BrainDead centers on a political conspiracy spreading through Washington, D.C., one that suggests various members of Congress are suffering from a “bug,” which later turns out to be the work of aliens who’ve eaten their brains.
Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane) as a young documentarian-turned-Hill-staffer who becomes embroiled in the ensuing political havoc, the series is admittedly a left turn for the Kings, as they previously told EW. “I didn’t feel like I needed to be liberated from The Good Wife — it wasn’t like being chained — but it’s fun to go wilder, which is what the show is,” Michelle said.
BrainDead premieres Monday, June 13 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.
This Week Had Me Like
You’ve seen her Instagram posts on @officialseanpenn, but now you can hear the voice of Caroline Goldfarb as she guides you on a sonic quest through all things pop culture with her hilarious podcast, This Week Had Me Like. According to the series’ SoundCloud account, the show “brings an expert and a plebe to the roundtable to examine the week’s most bizarre moments” in entertainment. Goldfarb has hosted celebrities like Brittany Snow and Perez Hilton in recent months, covering topics from Mariah Carey’s 3-picture deal to direct movies for the Hallmark channel (Goldfarb called it “Ben Stiller in Zoolander levels of auteurship”) to Dr. Drew’s budding career as a musician alongside “regular” guests who add to the conversation.
Time to Choose
After taking a hard look at the United States’ late-2000s financial crisis in Inside Job, Oscar-winning documentarian Charles Ferguson shifts his focus to the environment with his latest project, Time to Choose. After premiering at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival, Time to Choose garnered strong reviews as it examined at length issues of global climate change. Throughout the 2016 presidential election, environmental issues played a key role in shaping the platforms of several candidates, making Time to Choose an appropriate, necessary film that hits close to home for all the right reasons.
Time to Choose is now playing in select theaters around the country, though it will expand to more in the coming weeks.
Key & Peele has been off the air for just under a year, but Comedy Central is making sure you don’t forget the comedy duo behind the popular series any time soon. The network has made all sketches from the program’s five seasons available online, including 176 that are streaming on the web for the first time ever. From fan favorites like “I Said B—-“ to “Come Back, Meegan” (below), you can now enjoy all the hilarity from the show’s 53-episode run in one place, with easy-to-find collections sorting thematically-similar segments into one place for your viewing pleasure.