Fox definitely timed The Lost Confession to coincide with the release of ABC’s American Idol this Sunday, but as Hollywood seems to exile Ryan Seacrest the question remains just how long they had this planned. Everyone involved with the OJ project besides OJ himself agreed to the airing of the special. OJ declined to comment.
I’ve got to give props to the executive who thought of the idea to air an OJ Simpson special, to compete directly with American Idol. Idol now on rival network ABC, has to prove itself in the 21st century to avoid becoming just another singing competition. While Fox knows that OJ gets Yuge ratings.
Due to the success of FX’s American Crime Story, The Juice, is seeing revitalized Hollywood interest since being released from prison. While Ryan Seacrest’s downfall seems more than likely. Fox dusted off the OJ tapes which they originally wanted to air in 2006 but that was during the height of Idol fame, and multiple lawsuits prevented them from doing so. Now Fox is laughing in the face of their old franchise while championing an unlikely source of entertainment.