If the riveting “O.J.: Made in America” documentary proved anything, it’s that O.J. Simpson still has the ability to pull us all back in.
The opening intro of the final installment Saturday said it all. A voiceover features Simpson saying this:
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“My story is just like an American tale, you know. You need to overcome great obstacles, it’s easy to celebrate,” he says. “It’s easy to be friends when somebody’s winning. You know you’ve got to have tragedy in your life to really write an interesting autobiography.”
Interesting would be an understatement. It’s still intoxicating. The 10-hour documentary, along with the FX television series “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story” put Simpson back in our living rooms for 20 hours, and every single minute was worth it. The real-life and made-for-TV series were must-see television.
That means Simpson is still must-see television almost 50 years since winning the Heisman Trophy at USC in 1968. He was must-see TV as the Hall of Fame running back who rushed for 11,236 years in the NFL. He was must-see TV during the White Bronco chase that trumped the 1994 Night net Finals. He was must-see TV as the man who was acquitted in the 1994 double-murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
Simpson is still serving a maximum sentence of 33 years at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada for his role in an armed r[......]