FX has had little trouble securing awards in recent years, but 2017 may be a tricky one. Not only is Atlanta delayed to 2018, but the Katrina-based second season of American Crime Story won’t bow until next year either. At the very least, Season 3 will shortly follow.
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson
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Following Sunday night’s Critics’ Choice Awards, the Golden Globes nominations have arrived. On Monday morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominees for the 2017 awards, recognizing the best in film and television.
Asked to recall the most endearing pair of The People v. O.J. Simpson, what would you say? Certainly not John Travolta and Courtney B. Vance, or David Schwimmer and a glass of juice, but Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown’s Marcia Clark and Chris Darden. Ryan Murphy may yet get those two crazy kids together, as Brown is reportedly in for the second, Katrina-focused season.
Half the fun of FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story lay in catching up with the real-life figures depicted in the series, a majority of which had positive feedback. That may not be the case for the announced third season, as the Versace organization dismisses Ryan Murphy’s take on the assassination of its founder as “a work of fiction.”
FX has barely scratched the surface of its Katrina-centric second season of American Crime Story, and is already planning a third to rake in the Emmys. The network has officially renewed Ryan Murphy’s other anthology for Season 3, plotting to chronicle the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace.
However much of the real People v. O.J. Simpson trial FX may have been fictionalized, the Emmys in hand can speak to their successful dramatization. Still, the implied chemistry between prosecuting attorneys Marcia Clark and Chris Darden got tongues wagging, to which the real Darden now admits the pair were “more than friends.”
If a lead role in each subsequent American Horror Story and an Emmy for The People v. O.J. Simpson hadn’t clued you in, Sarah Paulson remains one of Ryan Murphy’s closest collaborators. So it is, that after a universally-acclaimed turn as Marcia Clark, Paulson is confirmed to return for the Katrina-centric Season 2 of American Crime Story.
The miniseries or movie category makes things tougher to sort out each year, but the Outstanding Lead Actress award at the 2016 Emmy Awards was definitely Sarah Paulson's to lose. So it is, that the People v. O.J. Simpson star took home the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie award at the 2016 Emmy Awards.
Sarah Paulson stands as proof that anyone in Ryan Murphy’s orbit and end up on multiple series, and Cuba Gooding Jr. will learn by example. O.J. himself, the American Crime Story star will make the leap to American Horror Story with a confirmed role alongside Paulson in Season 6.