Those of you who like (possibly) good TV about bad stuff going down are in for double the guilty pleasure this week. “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” series premiers tomorrow night, Tuesday, February 2, on FX and “Madoff” will air on two consecutive nights, Wednesday and Thursday, February 3 and 4, on ABC.
Though “Madoff” is clearly strongly connected to the Hamptons, both of these notorious stories actually have considerable East End ties.
The four-hour “Madoff” series has been reported to be based on the 2009 book “The Madoff Chronicles: Inside the Secret World of Bernie and Ruth,” by Brian Ross. The series stars Richard Dreyfuss as Montauk-based Bernie Madoff and Blythe Danner (who lives right here and whom we’ve seen on at Guild Hall in East Hampton a bunch of times in various shows and such) as his wife, Ruth. Look also for Lewis Black and Peter Scolari–I’ve interviewed both of them. Cool.
“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” is a limited series that takes you inside the O.J. Simpson trial with a riveting look at the legal teams battling to convict or acquit the football legend of double homicide. Based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, it explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.
It’s from Executive Producers Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski and Brad Falchuk (Gwyneth’s new guy), and stars John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson (who plays Marcia Clark and was last seen on the Bay Street stage), David Schwimmer, Courtney B. Vance, Sterling Brown, Nathan Lane who owns a house in East Hampton Village and who looks awesome as F. Lee Bailey), Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson and Bruce Greenwood.