For season 1 of FX’s true crime anthology, American Crime Story, we were presented with the still debatable trial of O.J. Simpson. The subtitle for season 1 was The People v. O.J. Simpson. The anthology, with its all-star cast, followed the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, which was written by Jeffrey Toobin. In the show, we watch a replay of the actual arrest and trial of superstar O.J. Simpson in a case that rattled homes during the 1990s. Simpson is played by Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. who delivers a solid performance. Other big names that were in season 1 included Sarah Paulson, playing prosecutor Marcia Clark, John Travolta as attorney Robert Shapiro, and Courtney B. Vance as attorney Johnnie Cochran.
For its first season, the show had great ratings, sitting at the No. 1 ranking for adults in that time slot across all programming. The average viewership across the season was around 6%, only dropping 1.5% from the series premiere. Most shows are expected to have some drop off between the premiere and subsequent episodes as viewers record the show or watch it later online if the timeslot does not work for them to watch it in real time. Regardless, the ratings for the show were amazing. Combined with its stellar cast, it is no wonder that the show was renewed for a second season.
The show has been modeled somewhat after the other FX series American Horror Story, which is also presented in an anthology format with one story told over the course of 10 episodes. What this means for the future of #AmericanCrimeStory is that we may get to see some of the same elements. One feature that has been consistent in American Horror Story’s anthologies is the repeat of big named actors. So the same actor will appear across the seasons in different roles each time. Considering the all-star cast that season 1 of ACS had, we can only hope that this will be the same for that show as well. One repeat actor in American Horror Story who was also in #ACS was Sarah Paulsen. Given her history with the franchise and her ability to adapt to new roles, she would be a shoo-in to come back for a second season.
While there had been a lot of conjecture as to what the second season would be about, it was revealed by The Hollywood Reporter that next season will cover the events and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Given the severity of the storm as well as the amount of people who were directly affected by the natural disaster and the government’s inadequate handling of it, there are many ways that the show could approach the situation. Since the format of the show is following a crime situation, that will have to be taken into consideration for season 2. Ryan Murphy, one of the show’s creators, revealed that the next installment will include a group of six to eight people to look at the catastrophe from every angle. Murphy said, “I want this show to be a socially conscious, socially aware examination of different types of crime around the world. And in my opinion, Katrina was a f—ing crime — a crime against a lot of people who didn’t have a strong voice and we’re going to treat it as a crime. That’s what this show is all about.”
You can watch new episodes of #AmericanCrimeStory’s current season on FX Tuesdays at 10:00 as well as on FX’s website and Hulu.June 19, 2016