FX’s 2016 American Crime Story gave us a first look at The People v. O.J. Simpson without any look at all, before shifting focus to the back of its talented cast’s heads. Now, promotion goes to the dogs, but there’s a reason behind the cuddly pooch at the center of our latest American Crime Story Sneak Peek.

The latest look at American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson still doesn’t introduce any of our actual characters face to face, but instead treats us to Kato (no, not that Kato), Nicole Brown’s dog. For those who remember (or have a minute to spare on Wikipedia), Kato’s agitation and “plaintive wailing” first led neighbors to the murder scene, and later served as potential indicator for Brown and Ron Goldman’s time of death.

The 10-episode miniseries follows Jeffrey Toobin book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, with episodes written by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, and directed by Ryan Murphy. Produced by Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk and Dante Di Loretto, so reads the official synopsis for the new series, which begins production this year:

‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson’ is a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers that explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.

Included among the cast are Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran, David Schwimmer as Kardashian patriarch Robert, Billy Magnussen as Kato Kaelin, Selma Blair as Kris Jenner, Jordana Brewster as Denise Brown, Kenneth Choi as Judge Ito, Connie Britton as Faye Resnick, Bruce Greenwood as Gil Garcetti, Steven Pasquale as Mark Fuhrman, Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Al Cowlings, Evan Handler as Alan Dershowitz and Cheryl Ladd as Linell Shapiro.

Keeping to the American Horror Story model, subsequent seasons will follow other headline-making real-world crimes, though it’s unclear if the series would reuse cast members, like its predecessor.

Plaintively howl at FX’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson above, and prepare for more Ryan Murphy madness in February 2016.

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