Just days after the season finale of FX’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson, a series that had no business being as great as it was, ESPN has released a two-minute trailer for its documentary O.J.: Made in America.
The documentary is nearly eight hours, which is twice as long as the jury deliberated in Simpson’s murder trial, so it must have been an impossible task to boil it down into a 120-second teaser. While the FX series dramatized “the crime of the century,” this appears to be an in-depth look into the world that helped shaped Simpson.
“It is a much bigger story,” director Ezra Edelman said, “one that explores O.J.’s life and how race and his pursuit of celebrity shaped it … while at the same time documenting the racial dynamics of L.A. and the relationship between its police force and black citizens – a relationship thrust front and center into the discussion of the murders, and one that proved a vital determinant in the outcome of the trial.”
O.J.: Made in America will debut June 11 on ABC at 9 p.m. ET. The documentary will be broken into five parts because this isn’t Netflix, and binge watching on network television isn’t really an option.
After the first episode airs on ABC, ESPN will show the remaining episodes. If you’re in New York, the entire documentary will screen in a one-day marathon at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, followed by a Q&A with Edelman on April 24.
Until then, maybe you’d like to appreciate John Travolta’s work on the FX show.