Society, in general, feels like it’s going through a very “let me just put my face in my hands and weep until it’s over” moment. Adding to that feeling is the news that O.J. Simpson might be given a reality show after his sentence is up. Who do I have to kill to get a TV show around here, huh?
TMZ reports that one of the most irritating public figures of recent times might be getting out of prison as early as October, and some real dregs (aka television producers) want to sign him to a series. The producers that they spoke to chose to remain anonymous (I can’t imagine why), but they’re “pouncing on the opportunity.”
The thinking behind this is that American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson on FX was a huge hit, as was ESPN’s Oscar-winning O.J. documentary, O.J.: Made in America. So dollars can still be made! Remember when O.J. had the planetoid-sized balls to write a book called “If I Did It” in which he attempted to cash in on
allegedly stabbing two people to death his ex-wife’s brutal murder? He had shot an accompanying TV special that was never released due to human decency. That special might be the basis for O.J.’s new show.
Simpson actually co-wrote a book and then in 2006 shot a TV special, ‘If I Did It.’ O.J.’s co-author has said O.J. confessed to the double murder in the book and we know he read that passage for the TV special. There was a public outcry and Fox killed the show and our sources say it will never air.
The producers and agents with whom we spoke say they’re certain someone will try to recreate the TV special that was never broadcast for several reasons … years have passed, O.J. has done time for unrelated crimes, and ‘People vs. O.J. Simpson’ was a big hit.
Perhaps realizing that giving a convicted felon suspected of committing two horrifying murders a funtime reality romp might be seen as a little distasteful, it’s being envisioned as a pay-per-view experience. Who is going to be paying money to watch this shit besides Saturday Night Live writers and Al Cowlings?
Here’s the problem. Almost to a person, producers and agents said broadcast and cable networks would never air a show featuring O.J. They say the public wouldn’t tolerate it and no one would advertise on it.
That said, producers say there would be a home on Pay-Per-View because, as one person put it, “people could pay without being judged.”
O.J. has been serving time in Nevada for armed robbery and attempted kidnapping since 2008. Will O.J. actually make money off of this bullshit if it actually happens? Probably not, seeing as the bill collectors are still after him for $33 million.
As for O.J. making money off a show … he’s still on the hook for a $33 million wrongful death judgment, and any money he makes could be attached to satisfy the judgment.
It’s almost heartwarming to think that awful people can be given a new lease on life and continued fame due to tv cretins looking to cash in. I look forward to a Charles Manson cooking show, as well as Gardening with the Green River Killer.