A+E nets prep duo of O.J. Simpson documentaries

A+E Networks will broadcast two specials from filmmaker Lawrence Schiller surrounding the criminal and civil trials of O.J. Simpson, marking the 20th anniversary of the criminal trial's verdict. (Pictured: Executive producers Stephen Auerbach, left, and Chuck Braverman, right)
August 27, 2015

A+E Networks’ A&E and LMN are set to broadcast two specials from filmmaker Lawrence Schiller surrounding the criminal and civil trials of O.J. Simpson, 20 years after the verdict of the first trial gripped the world’s attention.

The two specials are produced by ABS Productions and provide unprecedented access into Simpson’s 1995 trials while offering unreleased interview footage, recordings and revelations gleaned from more than 100 hours of civil trial deposition tapes.

The criminal trial saw Simpson acquitted of charges in the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, but the former football star was found responsible for the pair’s wrongful deaths in the civil trial.

LMN will premiere the two-hour special The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Case: The Untold Story on September 30 at 8 p.m. EST/PST. The documentary promises to reveal Simpson’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors before, during and after the criminal trial. Featuring interviews with defense team member Robert Kardashian and Kris Kardashian Jenner, the film will also include never-before-heard statements by Simpson and a secretly taped audio recording prior to the infamous Ford Bronco chase.

Meanwhile, O.J. Speaks: The Hidden Tapes is to air on A&E the following night. The two-hour film – which debuts on October 1 at 9 p.m. EST/PST – will expose new insight into Simpson’s civil trial through the plaintiff’s deposition tapes and features exclusive interviews with Ron Goldman’s father, Fred, and members of the civil trial legal team, including defense attorney Daniel Petrocelli.

Internationally, Crime & Investigation (CI) and A&E will air the specials within a week of the U.S. air dates. In Canada, France and Southeast Asia, the specials will air day and date with the U.S. In total, the docs will air across more than 125 territories.

Stephen Auerbach (pictured, left), Chuck Braverman (right) and Lawrence Schiller serve as executive producers for ABS Productions, with Laura Fleury and Peter Tarshis exec producing for LMN and A&E respectively.

“O.J. was arguably the most famous American charged with murder in the modern era,” Braverman said in a statement. “This changed television, from the televised trial to the launch of the Kardashians.”

“This is not just a story about murder,” added Auerbach. “It’s the story of a guy whose self-created image was America personified. The revelations are a real lesson: what is on the surface is not what is always underneath.”

(With files from Barry Walsh)

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