So, with everyone focusing on all the latest Donald Trump controversies, O.J. Simpson was able to be released today from Lovelock prison in Nevada in the middle of the night with little fanfare and no media mob. A big change from when he was released in 1995 after he was acquitted of murder charges.
Also, I guess he is not moving back to Florida since it’s obvious Florida wants nothing to do with this guy. No, instead, it looks like our friend O.J. will be residing in my so-called “winter home”. Las Vegas.
It is almost like this was the “last stand for the media” in covering this Simpson story today, they really did go hog wild on this, with live coverage everywhere. They even had a guy from the AP briefing reporters outside the jail on what happened! The media will surely also go hog wild covering his release this October, as well.
Anyway, the next stop for O.J. after he leaves Lovelock is Florida, where he will no doubt field multiple offers from TV news organizations for exclusive interviews. Why do I get this feeling that O.J. will end up doing his first interview with Megyn Kelly?
The big hearing on whether to grant parole to O.J. Simpson for his armed robbery antics gets under way tomorrow in Carson City, Nevada.
Already, the media hype for this is through the roof, and this is going to be televised on multiple networks and news channels, including on ESPN. People are calling it the “Parole Hearing of the Century.”
Except, this has to do with his armed robbery-kidnapping convictions in Nevada. This has nothing to do with the murder case in California that captured the public’s attention and for which Simpson was infamously acquitted. No, this is about the boring sequel that was set in Las Vegas, albeit one with a better ending,
Count me as one of the cynical people who thinks the parole board will set O.J. free come October; he’ll be in jail nine years by then, which is a long time for this sort of crime. Others like Gregg Jarrett think the parole board ought to let O.J. rot in prison. And maybe he should, because there is no guarantee that “the Juice” will stay out of trouble. Heck, look what transpired when that jury in southern California allowed him to go free.
But the thing is: these killings in California that Simpson was accused of have no bearing on this parole decision. And the jails in Nevada are overcrowded anyway, so I think Kato Kaelin is right: the Juice will probably be set loose. So brace yourselves for the worst, all you O.J. haters out there.
Read this piece at the CBC website about the revival of interest in the decade of the Nineties.
Honestly, though, this is nothing new, it has gone on a little while now. I mentioned before that there is always a big nostalgia wave for the decade that happened 20 years earlier, no matter what decade it is. As I previously pointed out, in the Seventies, there was all this Fifties interest with Happy Days, Grease and so on. In the Eighties, it was the Sixties and in particular Vietnam (Platoon, China Beach etc.). In the Nineties we got That 70s Show. In the 2000s we got I Love the 80s on VH1.
And so on. Mark my words: 20 years from now, people will be all nostalgic for the Kardashians, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Game of Thrones, Better Call Saul and the other stuff from this decade, even though this uptight politics-obsessed decade has been awful in general. Heck, people might even get nostalgic for Bernie Sanders, or even Joe Biden!
But yes, it seems as if we are getting lots of Nineties stuff showing up again.
As one really good example of what we have seen on TV, they brought back The X-Files. Yes indeed, Mulder and Scully are back, and what’s more, they really turned on the hype machine for this show by airing it right after the Super Bowl. Not only that, it’s the original actors, too, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson!
I understand this miniseries has wrapped up now, but I am guessing it will be back at some point, as the series ended on a cliffhanger.
Another good example: Fuller House, the revival of the old Full House show. And it is being shown the 21st Century way, on Netflix.
Honestly, though, I never liked the original Full House and cannot understand its appeal. The X-Files, yes, I get why people would want it back, but this? I guess maybe girls liked John Stamos, or something. Anyway, I thought it was an utterly witless show that epitomized all that was bad about Disney ownership of ABC. Full House deserved to stay stuck in the Nineties.
Another mindless show that deserves to stay in the Nineties is Baywatch, but Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron are insisting on bringing it back as a major motion picture, even though Baywatch seems out of step with our uptight times. Or maybe they think bringing it back will be an antidote to our uptight times, who knows? Heck, we sure need one. Anyway, I notice they have been busy lately promoting the female cast. Among them are Priyanka Chopra and Alexandra Daddario!
Apparently David Hasselhoff has been recruited to appear in this production as well, presumably to help save this effort from certain doom. Anyway, Baywatch is yet one more item from the Nineties rescued from the vault.
Of course, the defining time of the Nineties was the O.J. Simpson murder trial, and the miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson continues to get people watching and talking about it on FX. In fact, just the other day there was some news: apparently people were tearing down O.J.’s old Brentwood estate and somebody had found a knife!
Alas, it sounds like this was probably not the murder weapon. And so the “mystery” goes on, as does our continuing fascination with the Nineties.
Another reminder to myself — on Tuesday night, the miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson airs on FX. The ten-part series airs at 10pm Eastern and Pacific on FX, but where I live here in freezing cold Saskatchewan, the debut is scheduled for 9pm Tuesday on Citytv.
I will definitely be glued to the TV set to watch, and I imagine it will get big ratings, especially with all the recent interest by viewers in true-crime entertainment and criminal subject matter in general (Steven Avery, Robert Durst, etc.).
In fact, it is hard for me to believe it is over 20 years ago now since the Simpson trial. This case certainly held my attention during 1994 and 1995, and the cast of characters was colorful to say the least. Johnnie Cochran! Marcia Clark! Robert Shapiro! Christopher Darden! Judge Lance Ito! Kato Kaelin! To top it off, there was even a Kardashian involved.
Good stuff. Really, somebody had to make a miniseries about all this, the story is just too good.
I wrote this piece for the News-Optimist looking back at the O.J.Simpson murder case 20 years ago. I wanted to give a sense of what it was like 20 years ago, and about how the O.J. case was more than just a trial, it was a cultural phenomenon on all kinds of different levels.
One of the hallmarks of that period was the daily coverage on TV of the trial. Simpson case junkies such as myself were glued to the TV to CNN, back in what was still that channel’s glory days, and we were watching as much of the proceedings as we could.
This coverage extended to the preliminary hearings, which went on for weeks on end in 1994, as well as the jury selection later that year. The trial itself actually didn’t get started until early in 1995.
The trial made celebrities out of everyone in the courtroom of Judge Lance Ito, who would later be parodied on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show with the Dancing Itos and so on. But it also made big names out of host Jim Moret and legal analysts Greta Van Susteren and Roger Cossack who appeared on the daily trial coverage. In fact, this trial basically made Van Susteren’s career and turned her into a big TV star on cable news.
The other thing I remember clearly is that Larry King Live would have on O.J. Simpson coverage pretty much every night. So CNN’s coverage of the case was basically nonstop. When you think of CNN’s current tendency to go overboard on a major story, such as with that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 plane that went missing, it’s actually nothing new. It is absolutely inspired by their obsessive, nonstop OJ coverage that did so well for them in 1994 and 1995.
The CNN clip below from YouTube gives you a good idea of what the coverage was of the courtroom proceedings in those early days of the case. Believe me, we Simpson addicts could not get enough of this stuff.
Here is the link I promised earlier to that story about the 1994 NBA Finals. The series ought to have been a classic, a pairing that pitted old college hoops rivals Patrick Ewing of the Knicks and Hakeem Olajuwon of the Rockets against each other.
And in fact it was a good series that went seven games, but nobody cared because of what happened in Game Five. Of course, that was the game in which the OJ Simpson chase happened, and the networks all cutaway — including the NBA rights holder NBC. Fans of the two teams involved were livid. It’s funny looking at the retrospections of these fans this past week, all ranting about how the important NBA game was interrupted by this OJ nonsense in LA.
But most other fans didn’t care, they just sat there and watched the situation unfold on TV.
That was one way OJ impacted TV. I’ll talk about the other impacts the trial had, soon.
I have been way too busy at my work commitments lately to be able to have the energy to post here. Basically, I want to remind myself to post more O.J. Simpson anniversary stuff in the days ahead, especially about the media circus that went on back then.
Also, there was a piece out there about the NBA Finals from 1994 that I want to link to. Plus, the World Cup is going on in Brazil and I should really say something about these big-name teams that have been crashing out of the tournament.
Anyway, that is all for now. I am simply too tired to do any more writing, I have had a tough week. I plan to sit here and watch live streaming from the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas on the Internet, and try and figure out the rules of whatever the heck this poker game is that these players are playing tonight.
I’ll tell you where I was — in front of the TV hoping to watch the NBA Finals, except it was interrupted by breaking news from the freeways of Los Angeles. Something to do with a white Ford Bronco.
You would have thought we would have been long done with this guy already, but O.J. Simpson is back in court arguing for a new trial today in Las Vegas. His appeal is on the grounds that his previous defence lawyer completely botched the job during the first trial for armed robbery.
You can catch the hearing here.
Yes, I know, everyone is excited over the prospect of yet another sensational O.J. trial again, but frankly we need another new O.J. trial like we need a new migrane headache.
(Although I guess Nancy Grace will need something to do after the Jodi Arias case is finally over and done with. HLN could use some new ratings.)