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16th Jan 2018

The first reviews for the follow-up to The People v. O.J. Simpson are in, and they’re pretty good

Dave Hanratty

American Crime Story

The second season of the true crime series is imminent.

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was one of the must-watch TV events of 2016.

You might remember it for Cuba Gooding Jr’s mega-acting in the title role, or perhaps for David Schwimmer saying ‘Juice’ with such passion, and so often, that it became its own running gag.

Clip via Nicholas Martin

Seriously, it’s downright hypnotic.

Next up for the anthology series – The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

The show premieres in the States this Wednesday, and it’s already proving quite a hit with critics.

The nine-episode series stars Édgar Ramírez as the murdered fashion designer, with Penélope Cruz as his sister Donatella Versace and pop sensation Ricky Martin as Versace’s boyfriend Antonio D’Amico.

Clip via TV Promos

The show currently has a 73 rating on Metacritic, based on 11 official reviews.

The New York Post calls it “the first great mini-series of 2018”, adding that Versace “is more personal and heartfelt” than The People v. O.J. Simpson.

The Boston Globe calls the show “outstanding” and follows along with the Post in making comparisons to The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Elsewhere, Variety’s review hails the show’s Memento-like plot structure, but note that there’s “much less story to tell” here in comparison to season one and criticises unnecessary horror film-like tricks.

The Wall Street Journal, meanwhile, suggests that the show is less about Versace and more about exploring the mindset of a man driven to murder.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is set to air on BBC Two in the coming months.

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