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Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander have made a career writing movie scripts about complicated people, including Ed Wood, Larry Flynt and comedian Andy Kaufman. So it was natural for a pair of producers  to turn to them when they wanted to make a TV show about the O.J. Simpson trial. Alexander and Karaszewski tell us how they incorporated big themes and "bizarro details" in the new FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

Photo: Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, writer-producers of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Courtesy of Prime PR

Producers:
Kaitlin Parker

Hollywood News Banter 6 MIN, 57 SEC

Matt Belloni, executive editor of the Hollywood Reporter joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

  • The fight over the fate of Sumner Redstone's media empire begins. Following Redstone's retirement, Les Moonves was named the executive chairman of CBS Corp, and the board of Viacom voted to promote CEO Philippe Dauman to executive chairman of that corporation. Dauman's promotion goes in direct contradiction to the wishes of Redstone's daughter, Shari.
  • Television producer and director Ryan Murphy, known for Glee and American Horror Story," has pledged to make at least half of his TV directors women or minorities through his new foundation Half.

 

Guests:
Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter, Billboard (@THRMattBelloni)

Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski: The People v. O.J. Simpson 20 MIN, 40 SEC

It was 22 years ago that the country and the world learned of the the brutal murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

The new FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story revisits that drama, starting with the discovery of the crime and staying with the story through the slow-speed Bronco chase and the televised trial that lasted almost a year.

Cuba Gooding, Jr. plays Simpson and his dream team of lawyers is played by John Travolta, Courtney B. Vance and Nathan Lane. Sarah Paulson plays beleaguered prosecutor Marcia Clark. More than five million people tuned in to watch the series premiere on February 2.

Writer-producers Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander have made a career crafting movie scripts about complicated people, including Ed Wood, Larry Flynt and comedian Andy Kaufman. So it was natural for a pair of producers to turn to them after optioning The Run of His Life, New Yorker reporter Jeffrey Toobin's book about the Simpson case.

Alexander and Karaszewski had never worked in television before, but tell us they were attracted to the idea of having 10, one-hour installments to tell the O.J. Simpson story, since they'd have enough time to explore big themes like racism and gender politics, as well as include many of the strange, long-forgotten details of the ordeal.

Guests:
Scott Alexander, screenwriter and producer
Larry Karaszewski, screenwriter and producer (@Karaszewski)

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