ARCHER Preview: The Competitive World of Private Schools

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Archer, Lana and Mallory are attempting to get AJ into a private school in this week’s episode. Gathering at Country Day to await an interview, Archer wonders why they can’t just send AJ to public school, but the ladies scoff at the idea.

Enter Richard, an old classmate of Archer who also happens to be on the board of the school. He’s one of Archer’s old tormentors and, along with another boy, used to bully him mercilessly (even called him “Swerling Archer” because of all the swirlies they used to give him). The suave, debonair Archer seems to disappear when Richard is around, making him vastly different from his usual persona.

But Richard has a use for Archer now and Lana insists that Archer take on whatever job Richard wants so that he can help get AJ into the school. After Richard tells Archer that he has stage 4 cancer and wants him to kill him so that his wife can collect the insurance money and he doesn’t have to suffer, Archer agrees. But the situation spins wildly out of control once the hit job begins and Archer is stuck in the middle of his former classmates.

Don’t miss an all new ARCHER tonight (April 14) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON Season Finale Preview: Today’s The Day

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We’ve come to the end of THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON and the end of the trial in tonight’s episode. And we begin with OJ waiving his right to testify, but Johnnie wants to let OJ make a statement. Naturally, Marcia isn’t happy about it, especially since he won’t be subject to cross-examination. The defense rests and closing arguments begin.

The defense is worried about how it will all play out with the jury and Marcia is under extreme pressure from her boss to nail the closing. She immediately addresses the issue of Mark Fuhrman and says yes, he’s a racist, but the evidence overwhelms his prejudice. In fact, when you listen to her summarizing the physical/DNA evidence you’ll feel overwhelmed. And then Darden stands to summarize the history of domestic abuse to the jury.

Johnnie doesn’t have physical evidence on his side, so he focuses on Mark Fuhrman and race and then utters his famous phrase about the glove: “if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit”. And then the trial that lasted so many months is over.

We go into the jury room next for a preliminary vote and a deliberation about all of the crucial questions in the case. Then, a mere four hours later, the jury has reached a verdict.

Everyone is shocked and they’re waiting for the verdict with baited breath. All across the country people are standing in front of televisions at home and in public waiting for the verdict. I myself remember watching the announcement on TV back in the day. Within moments, it’s over. But that’s not the end of the episode.

What’s always been interesting about THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON is that the verdict isn’t the most important aspect of this show. I won’t spoil it for you, but if you know your history then you know how the case turned out. What the show has also focused on is the question that race plays in society, within police departments, and in the judicial system as a whole. And these are discussions still playing out today, all of these years later. Johnnie understands the importance that the race debate played in this case as he watches coverage of the verdict play out. And it’s both sad and interesting that this is still a conversation we’re having so many years later.

Don’t miss the season finale of THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON tonight (April 5) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

ARCHER: Relive the Characters’ Greatest Moments & Learn What’s to Come in the Season 7 Premiere

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Have you been pining for ARCHER? Well pine no more, because Sterling Archer and the gang are returning for their seventh season tonight!

But before we get to their new chapter, FX is taking us on a trip back through ARCHER history with videos showcasing each of the main characters’ best moments of the series (some of the videos warn some scenes may be NSFW).

Meanwhile, in the new season, Sterling Archer and his friends are officially out of the spy game (again). But instead of turning to a life of crime like they did in the “Archer: Vice” season, the gang is staying on the straight and narrow.

Sort of.

Having relocated to sunny Los Angeles after being blacklisted by the CIA, the group has created The Figgis Agency, a private investigative business (so named as Cyril is the only one among them with the necessary hours to obtain his P.I. license — a detail which bothers Archer to no end). They’re looking to put their spy skills to use serving Hollywood bigwigs. But business isn’t really booming and the group is at each other’s throats. Now that they don’t have access to all of the resources and intelligence they used to enjoy, everyone is confronted with having to work that much harder.

Then one day the beautiful Hollywood actress Veronica Dean walks into the agency with a job: she needs their help in procuring a tape that was taken from her that contains…sensitive information. And off Archer goes, happy to accomplish a task for an actress that he’s clearly enamored with. Eventually this gets the group entangled in a sticky Hollywood conspiracy that confuses everyone.

But before all of that we’re introduced to season 7 via a mystery….one that seems to play out over the first four episodes at least, and likely one that plays out throughout the 10 episode season. We won’t spoil it for you but it’s a bit shocking, and it’s accompanied by a hilarious opening bit by two police officers voiced by Keegan-Michael Key and J.K. Simmons.

ARCHER returns for its seventh season tonight (March 31) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON Preview: The Smoking Gun

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The smoking gun on this week’s THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON isn’t a gun at all. It’s an audio tape. Actually, it’s a series of tapes, featuring Mark Fuhrman. If you know your OJ history, you know where this is going. If you don’t, then prepare yourself, because the “trial of the century” is about to get even more incendiary. But before we get to that, there’s an explosive confrontation between Darden and Johnnie in the courtroom, while Marcia is furious that Darden keeps falling into Johnnie’s traps.

Meanwhile, a young woman who is a wannabe screenwriter is eventually tracked down by one of the defence’s investigators because she is in possession of very inflammatory tapes of Fuhrman. Johnnie wants the tapes, but apparently the woman is more interested in selling her screenplay (based on her interviews with the LAPD) than selling the tapes. Convinced they’re “manna from heaven” and that they will acquit OJ, Johnnie and Lee head to North Carolina with a subpoena for the tapes and the need to convince a judge there to turn them over. Cue Lee, who proves that Johnnie’s flashy LA courtroom theatrics don’t always play well in other venues.

The tapes are shocking. There’s no other way to put it. Not only do they prove that Fuhrman lied about never using a particular racial slur, but there’s a wealth of other damaging information on them that speak to his character and the character of other LAPD officers. And there’s someone Marcia “didn’t see coming” who is mentioned on the tapes that could result in a mistrial. As both sides argue about whether the tapes should be played for the jury in open court and Judge Ito struggles with his personal connection to the tapes, Johnnie does what he does best: riles up the public in order to force the court to allow the tapes into evidence.

And then, in an explosive scene, Darden expresses his utter frustration that Marcia refused to listen to him about how damaging Fuhrman could be to their case, as well as his suspicions that she only ever wanted a “black face” on the team, not his voice. 

Don’t miss an all new episode of THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON tonight (March 29) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON Preview: We, the Jury….

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It’s day 124 of the trial on this week’s episode of THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON and the jurors are not happy. The guards they’ve become friendly with are being rotated out and newer, stricter guards are being brought in. Basically, these people have dedicated eight months of their lives to this trial and they feel like prisoners.

Then we flashback to eight months before, when the wide-eyed jurors are happily checking in to the beautiful Intercontinental hotel and getting to know one another. But soon enough the mood turns sour when they realize they can’t go into the pool area, their reading material must be approved and their TVs have been removed. And then some of the jurors are being dismissed, which annoys the defence because they’re the jurors that they’re counting on. Soon, it’s like musical chairs with the jurors as they get dismissed one after another.

Back in the present day, both sides are reacting to the recent glove performance in court. The defence is thrilled with how everything went down, while Marcia and Chris are being chewed out by their boss. Marcia insists that they still have the DNA evidence but — this being the 1990s and DNA being relatively new — the DA insists that no one really understands the forensic evidence. But they sure as heck understand a glove not fitting.

It seems the DA was on to something because the DNA expert is testifying about the science behind DNA testing and Marcia knows she’s losing the jury, so she struggles to get the expert on point. And when he makes his point it is, indeed, damning. Especially to Robert Kardashian, who cannot comprehend how all of the evidence points only to OJ if, as his friend insists, he didn’t do it. But one of the lawyers on the defence side is determined to prove to the court — and to Robert — that the forensic evidence was tainted and cannot be trusted.

Elsewhere in the episode, OJ tries to convince his lawyers that he should take the stand in his own defence.

Don’t miss an all new episode of THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON tonight (March 22) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON Preview: A Question of Conspiracy

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We begin this week’s THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON with a master class in courtroom antics. A Harvard professor is celebrating Johnnie Cochran’s performance, which he and his students are watching on TV. And you’ll see an interesting scene about how what’s happening in the courtroom can be affected in real-time.

Johnnie’s performance is also leading Chris Darden to a bitter realization: the defense is “winning” because they keep coming up with big moments and conspiracy theories. Ergo, in order to level the playing field, the prosecution needs to come up with a few big “gotcha!” moments of their own to keep the interest of the jury.

Cue the police offices going through Nicole’s old possessions and finding a receipt for the gloves found at the scene. Marcia and the prosecution fully believe that “the gloves are our conviction” and they think they’ve found the smoking gun. Soon enough, debate rages on both the prosecution and defense side as to whether OJ should actually try on the gloves in court. One of the prosecutors is very much against it, but if you know OJ trial history then you know how this is all going to turn out.

Meanwhile, there’s still in-fighting on the defense side. Shapiro shows up wearing an LAPD solidarity pin as he’s warned about the dangers of alleging an LAPD conspiracy in this case. And Johnnie’s own past misdeeds are coming to light, leaving Johnnie convinced that the DA or Shapiro are guilty of smearing his name.

Finally, Robert Kardashian is the only one asking a very important question: if OJ didn’t commit the murders, then who did? And why aren’t the police looking for other suspects? All of this leaves viewers to wonder if the Juice’s biggest supporter doubting his friend.

Don’t miss an all new episode of THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON tonight (March 15) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON Teasers: Losing Control

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Marcia Clark is unraveling. We open this week’s THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON in divorce court, where Marcia is seeking more child support from her ex. Forgetting her place, she interjects and is chastised by the judge for failing to follow protocol. Later, her ex is pursuing primary custody until her OJ trial is done.

In Judge Ito’s courtroom, the trail awaits her late arrival. At home, her clothing choices are criticized all over the evening news. At work, her boss offers to put her in touch with some media consultants.

Johnnie, meanwhile, is still obsessed with telling the jury a compelling story. And right now an enormous part of that story concerns the police officers who investigated the crime. Suddenly their behaviour is on trial and they’re admitting to shady practices concerning the chain of custody regarding evidence. At this point even Marcia is worried. And then the defense throws the prosecution for a loop when they insist on calling a defense witness early — right in the middle of the prosecution’s case.

Finally, enter Mark Fuhrman. Marcia seems convinced that he’s one of the few detectives whose handling of the case is unimpeachable. But the defense doesn’t care about that. They’re just interested in proving that he’s racist. And this is Lee Bailey’s time to shine.

Don’t miss an all new episode of THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON tonight (March 8) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON Preview: Opening Statements

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Race has played a big role in THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON since the very beginning. But with this week’s episode titled “The Race Card”, it should come as no surprise that the focus on race starts to heat up as trial begins.

We get another look at the racial instability of Los Angeles as Johnnie gets pulled over and handcuffed by a cop for allegedly changing lanes without signalling while driving his two daughters to dinner. Later, he goes on television to declare that he believes Chris Darden was brought on the prosecutors’ team to appeal to the largely African American jury.

Then there’s the final prep meetings with the various teams on either side. Over at Johnnie’s office there’s still lingering tensions between Bob and Lee, with Bob declaring Lee a Judas who told the media that he was in over his head. But Johnnie has taken over the defence and Bob is forced to suck up his hostility.

It’s fascinating to see the two sides discuss trial strategy. The prosecution wants to focus on the escalating pattern of domestic abuse that OJ displayed against Nicole, while the defence brings a motion to have that information thrown out. Marcia also believes that their is overwhelming physical evidence against OJ, while Lee believes that the way in which that evidence was gathered and handled gives them leverage to disprove it.

And, most interestingly, Johnnie believes none of that matters at all. According to him, “Evidence doesn’t win the day. Jurors go with the narrative that makes sense. We’re here to tell a story. Our job is to tell that story better than the other side tells theirs.”

Meanwhile, Mark Fuhrman starts to occupy a more central role in the story as Darden interviews him. According to Darden, Fuhrman is saying all the right things, but there’s something about him that has Darden convinced that putting him on the stand is the wrong idea. And, frankly, you’ll agree in the final moments of the episode.

Finally, enter Dominic Dunne, the Hollywood columnist who covered the trial for Vanity Fair magazine and was granted a permanent seat in the courtroom thanks to Judge Ito. Seeing him and his high society friends discuss the case is a fascinating juxtaposition to media and demonstrators outside the courthouse as trial begins.

Don’t miss an all new episode of THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON Preview: Jury Selection

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The case begins in this week’s THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON as Judge Lance Ito joins the show. But before they can begin the trial, the prosecution and defence must go through jury selection.

The defence team is growing now that Johnnie is on board. Their overall strategy is to stymie the prosecution at every turn (including objecting to the number of hairs that can be collected from OJ for testing) and to try and stack the jury in their favor. But Johnnie’s first order of business is OJ himself. After seeing him look defeated in a preliminary hearing, Johnnie visits OJ to remind him who he is and prepare him for the “run of his life”.

Meanwhile, Ito is thrilled that he was assigned to judge the case and he happily tells his LAPD captain wife the news. But already we get hints that something is going to go very wrong here when she signs a spousal conflict form that he hands her. Unbeknownst to him, she pauses when she sees Mark Fuhrman’s name on the list of police witnesses and, although she doesn’t tell her husband that Fuhrman could be a problem, history tells us that he’s a big one.

While the jury selection continues, cracks start to develop in the Dream Team. Robert is wary of Johnnie and his tactics and flat out tells Lee that this case is unwinnable and he wants to settle. Both men jockey for positioning in front of the press and the question of playing “the race card” is a big issue.

As the defence tries to figure out how to deal with their internal problems, Marcia is confronted by Ron Goldman’s family, who is horrified at how their son’s death is being ignored. And when it’s not ignored, he’s treated as a joke. This emotional talk makes her more convinced than ever that she needs to win the case. Unfortunately, focus groups prove that she’s not popular in front of potential jurors.

Finally, the jury selection is halted when Faye Resnick comes out with a book about Nicole — one that pastes her in a particularly bad light. Does it have the potential to influence potential jurors?

Don’t miss an all new episode of THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON Preview: Assembling the Dream Team

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The immediate aftermath of the murders and the white bronco chase have been featured on THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON and now the attention turns to what comes next: the trial.

As OJ sits in jail, Robert Shaprio is trying to figure out how to handle his famous — and infamous — client. His first order of business is to contact two well-known lawyers for their advice: F. Lee Bailey and Alan Dershowitz. As one of Dershowitz’s associates points out to Shapiro, DNA evidence is just starting to become important and it has a place in the trial. OJ’s DNA was found at the crime scene and that can’t be disputed, but what the defense can do is try to claim the sample was contaminated and get the DNA thrown out of court.

Already Shapiro sees the benefit in making OJ’s case about race. “You’re going to say this case is all about race,” a reporter asks Shapiro in tonight’s episode. “Yes, because it is. I’m simply shedding light on it,” Shapiro replies, laying the groundwork for his defense in the media long before they ever set foot in the courtroom. And LAPD Detective Mark Furman is someone that the defense is already eyeing as someone that can help their case. After all, Furhman was a self-admitted racist by that point and he was involved in the murder investigation. Meanwhile, Johnnie Cochran is patiently sitting by the phone and waiting for Shapiro to call him to join “the dream team”.

As the defense starts to plot their strategy, Marcia Clark seems convinced that the prosecution of OJ is a slam dunk. But she soon realizes she’s coming up against all sorts of hurdles, from race issues to witnesses getting paid by the tabloids for their stories. Enter Chris Darden, who is able to provide Marcia with the African-American point of view on the situation.

Finally, Robert Kardashian seems to be wary of the instant fame that has befallen him as a result of his friendship with OJ and he’s not happy when his ex-wife shares her thoughts about OJ’s guilt.

Don’t miss an all new episode of THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON on February 16 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on FX.