THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON Preview: The White Bronco and What’s to Come

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A lot of people will remember the police slow-chasing a white Bronco throughout the highways surrounding Los Angeles in the 1990s. This week’s episode of the stellar THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON uses this iconic drive as the focal point and it’s an incredibly tense episode from start to finish.

Whatever anyone thinks of the real O.J. Simpson, Cuba Gooding Jr. brings an incredible amount of vulnerability to his performance this week. In the premiere, O.J. was clearly overwhelmed with Robert Shapiro beginning his defense the moment he agreed to hand his client over to the cops to avoid a “perp walk” under the scrutiny of the news cameras. This week, he’s got a gun to his own head as he orders his friend to drive him to visit his mother. While the police and the prosecutors scramble to track him down — and the media scrambles to broadcast this fascinating turn of events — you find yourself feeling sympathetic for O.J. When he finally returns home he’s clutching photos of his children to his chest and apologizing to the police for causing a fuss and forcing them to work after hours. Robert Kardashian, meanwhile, remains a strong supporter of his friend, helping to bring O.J. in safety and being genuinely concerned about the possibility that O.J. may actually commit suicide.

Even knowing how this whole chase ends, you can’t help but feel riveted as the situation unfolds, with so many people vying for a piece of a man who is clearly confused about what to do next.

Watch previews below for this week’s episode and the weeks ahead and don’t miss THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON on February 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

ARCHER Preview: Moving to Hollywood

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ARCHER left fans wondering what Sterling and the gang would be up to after they revived their spy organization and were promptly shut down a second time. The first preview for season 7 of ARCHER gave us a hint: they’re becoming private investgiators.

Now a second preview (below) shares that “the world’s greatest spy is about to become Hollywood’s biggest dick”.  Don’t worry, phrasing is definitely back, as you can tell from the promo and the logline for the new season.

ARCHER returns with an all new season on March 31 on FX.

ARCHER Season 7 Preview: Archer is Back….as a P.I.

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Sterling Archer has had to reinvent himself several times over the last few years. He lived outside of the law before returning to the spy organization ISIS last season. How, however, the CIA has cut the organization off and left Archer and his pals with a need to reinvent themselves yet again. Fortunately, Archer has a plan….

They’re going to be private investigators. In a new preview for season 7 of ARCHER, Sterling gives his mother and former co-workers a preview of what’s to come (hint: it looks like MAGNUM P.I. complete with a mustache on the male lead, shootouts and lots of shots of water).

ARCHER returns with an all new season on March 31 on FX.

AMERICAN CRIME STORY Preview: The O.J. Trial Was Only Half the Story….

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AMERICAN CRIME STORY is tackling the infamous O.J. Simpson case in its first season and now the first full-length preview has been released.

The limited series boasts a star-studded cast, including Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer as defense attorney Robert Kardashian, Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance as defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, and Bruce Greenwood as Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti.

The entire series is a behind the scenes look at the Simpson trial from the perspective of the lawyers, focusing on the background maneuvering on both sides of the courtroom. The race issue plays a big role in the series — as it did in the trial itself.

AMERICAN CRIME STORY premieres on February 2 at 10:00 p.m. on FX.

OK THEN! FX Orders Third Installment of FARGO

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Press Release: FX has ordered a third installment of the Emmy®, Golden Globe®, AFI and Peabody award-winning limited series Fargo from Creator Noah Hawley, it was announced today by Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.

The second installment of Fargo currently ranks as the most critically-acclaimed television of 2015 according to Metacritic with a score of 96 out of 100, and it also scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and has the highest average critics’ rating of any show on TV this year with 9.1 out of 10.

“Year two of Fargo is an extraordinary achievement and, given Noah Hawley’s masterful storytelling, we can’t wait to see where the third, all-new version of Fargo takes us,” Schrier said. “Our thanks to Noah, Warren, Joel & Ethan, John and our partners at MGM Television for making Fargo such a memorable and rewarding journey.”

Fargo returns with an all-new episode tonight – “Did you do this? No, you did it!” (Episode 7, Airs November 23, 10:00 pm e/p) – Lou and Hank investigate in Fargo, The King of Breakfast visits Betsy and Molly, Floyd is summoned away and Bear questions a family member’s loyalty. Written by Noah Hawley and Matt Wolpert & Ben Nedivi; directed by Keith Gordon.

SDCC Scoop: Corey Stoll, Sean Astin, Mia Maestro and More Talk THE STRAIN

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Can’t get enough of the FX’s freaky frightfest that is THE STRAIN? Well, then why not sink your teeth into these fun videos with visionary co-creator (Guillermo Del Toro) and cast members Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin Richard Sammel and David Bradley from this past July’s San Diego Comic Con. See for yourself, after the jump. [Read more...]

TCA 2014: Quick Takes From FX’s TCA Presentations for TYRANT, THE BRIDGE, THE STRAIN, SONS OF ANARCHY and FARGO

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On Day 13 of the 16-day biannual Television Critic’s Association Summer 2014 Press Tour, FX introduced its new programming, and the following is a snapshot-look at a few of its new and returning series.

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“Tyrant” is FX’s new summer series that debuted June 24th, about a fictional Middle East country Abbudin run by a family dictatorship. Then, on the day of his grandson’s wedding, the reigning dictator Al Fayeed dies, leaving his eldest son Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) to take over. Unfortunately, the younger son, who had fled to the U.S. twenty years earlier changing his name from Bassam to Barry (Adam Rayner), had chosen this pivotal time to return for his nephew’s wedding, and once the father dies, Barry feels compelled to stay to help ease boiling tensions in the country by standing by his older brother Jamal’s ascension to power. The Al Fayeed family has been such an oppressive ruling dictatorship that now that the ruthless father has died, the entire country is unwilling to be subjugated to another. With Jamal’s taking over his father’s role and showing signs of being even more ruthless than his father, the country is on the verge of upheaval with violent protests erupting all over. So Barry is uncertain if he should flee with his family before things get any worse, back to their safe and comfortable lives in the U.S., or if he can really make a difference by staying and supporting his brother’s regime. “Tyrant” is show is a bleak look at tyranny and the tensions of a family that is uncertain how to maintain their position of power or even if they should continue to wield such unchecked power over an entire nation. The theme of the show is “the price of power” and it is explored in a thought-provoking fashion. First point of interest: As intellectually stimulating as it is to watch, “Tyrant” has graphic violence, some of which is sexual violence that can be stomach-turning. Point of interest: Due to a recent military conflict, “Tyrant” relocated the location for filming from Israel to Turkey. (“Tyrant” is a 10-episode series, with four episodes having already aired. New episodes air on Tuesday nights at 10:00 p.m. on FX.) [Read more...]

THE STRAIN Scoop: The Cast Teases Season 1 From the Red Carpet

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FX’s new drama THE STRAIN is looking to bring a darker vampire tale to your television screens. It wants viewers to curl up with a blanket and pillow and get ready to have the hairs on the back on their necks stand on end. THE STRAIN may initially start out like a routine virus outbreak tale, but right away people will start to figure out that this is no ordinary virus. People are not just dying, they are changing, and vampirism is not pretty. The transformations are brutal and ugly, and the vampires are meant to be the creatures of your worst nightmares. This is, after all, coming from one of modern film’s greatest monster-makers, Guillermo Del Toro.

At a special advance screening of the series at the Director’s Guild, the cast and producers provided some fun teasers about the show and what to expect from the various characters who get swept up in the first-wave of the viral attack. [Read more...]

Red Carpet Redux: The Cast of THE BRIDGE Teases Season 2

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FX’s tense drama THE BRIDGE returns for its second season with the continuing saga of Detectives Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) as they seek to stop the killing of young woman in Juarez, Mexico, whether it be by one man “El Diablo” or a coordinated culture of police corruption and depravity amongst a select few who view these girls as disposable commodities. Also left unresolved from the first season is whether Marco will actually go forward on his vendetta against the man who killed his son.

Simultaneously, there is the fates of Charlotte Millwright (Annabeth Gish) and her faithful farm hand Cesar (Alejandro Patino), who inherited a tunnel between the U.S. and Mexico, which Fausto Galvin (Ramon Franco), the Mexican drug cartel leader, considers his business investment and property for his exclusive use in smuggling drugs over the border. But there may be a bit of a tug of war for that business opportunity with the appearance of Monte P. Flagman (Lyle Lovett) who may have his own designs on the tunnel and the drug enterprise.

Also pursuing life on the sidelines and looking for an angle to exploit to further their careers are Daniel Frye (Matthew Lillard) and Adrianna Mendez (Emily Rios), who are certain that there is a much bigger story to be uncovered with the disappearing girls of Juarez.

With so many lives unknowingly intertwined, yet all following the same threads to perhaps the same end point, things are about to get a lot more heated and intense and dangerous for everyone.

During a special premiere, the cast of THE BRIDGE took a few minutes to preview where their varied characters’ stories pick back up as well as introducing a few new characters who join the fight against drug trafficking and human slavery in both El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. [Read more...]

JUSTIFIED Preview: The Cast Teases “A Murder of Crowes” and Other Adventures of Season 5

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Returning to its Florida bayou roots, JUSTIFIED starts off its fifth season with a slight detour down memory lane for Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant). Raylan is asked to take a trip back down to Florida’s everglades to lend assistance in a case where an off-duty customs officer was shot, and who may have had ties to the infamous Crowe family – more specifically, kin of Dewey Crowe. [Read more...]