The first show of 2016 that could stick around for the top ten list of the year is The People v. OJ Simpson. The look of it is similar to American Horror Story as it's also on FX. The show has movie quality to it with actors from the big and small screen coming together, all of them appear at the top of their game.
The performance that most of this hinges on is Cuba Gooding Jr. as OJ Simpson. The accent and demeanor were strange at first but Gooding's acting chops really pay off when the emotions start pouring out. I've not decided on this performance but I can see good things coming as the season progresses.
Continuing with the cast members, John Travolta plays the lawyer Robert Shapiro with a particular sliminess and gusto that Travolta often brings to his roles. Another interesting performance is Robert Kardashian played by David Schwimmer. The cultural impact of the Kardashian family is not left untouched and several lines mention the now famous daughters.
On the other side of the prosecution is Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark. This performance should earn her the Emmy from the way she has started it. Paulson has delivered multiple remarkable roles in her prolific career. It would be nice to see her get more recognition.
Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran only had a small part in the first episode but I can see his role being crucial to this show. Many of the other actors are familiar to American Horror Story or movies and this production is going to be very entertaining.
This story traces the true events of an actual murder and most likely takes some liberties but it is surprising how these events still hold a grip on the culture and seem quite significant over twenty years later. This show is another hit from FX, and I look forward to seeing how it plays out!