‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Netted FX Record Ratings, & An O.J. ’30 For 30′ Is Coming In June

EWThe numbers aren’t that surprising, given the pre-publicity surrounding The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, but the results are no less significant; the anthology series starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as the former NFL player-turned-convicted felon netted more than 5 million viewers, a record for an FX debut.

Nielsen says the first installment of the miniseries also averaged a 2.0 rating in adults 18–49, which represents 2.481 million viewers. That’s better than the first episode of American Horror Story, which achieved a 1.6 in 2011. 

It shouldn’t be surprising that ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ was a huge ratings hit, but that it set record ratings for a network like FX is pretty crazy. FX is not exactly an unknown network, and for the past 10-15 years, they’ve had some of the best shows on television. It just goes to show you that over 20 years later, people are still fascinated by the ‘trial of the century’. I watched the premiere last night, and even though it’s been covered incessantly by the media, it’s still compelling television. The show is perfectly cast, and the direction and writing are just as good. The O.J. case has so many factors; race, celebrity, domestic abuse – that the media could key in on any aspect of it and the viewing public would eat it up.

What I’m more excited about, though, is that the documentary ‘O.J. Simpson: Made in America’ premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s an 8 hour documentary about O.J. and how race relations affected his life and career both before and after the death of his ex wife Nicole and Ronald Goldman. This 8 hour documentary is being turned into a 5 part ’30 for 30′, which, judging by the reviews on Twitter, is going to be something special.

 

 

 

Since the O.J. saga isn’t going away any time soon, we might as well sit back and enjoy the enthralling content.

-Ryan

The Fast & Furious Franchise Will Now Feature 10 Movies & End in 2021 According To Vin Diesel & His Haunting Singing Voice

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This is not a surprising move, as the last three Fast and Furious movies have each grossed over $200 million, with Fast 7 making the most money out of any of the movies. But 10 movies is still a shit load of movies. Fast & Furious is turning into the ‘Trapped in the Closet’ of the movie world. It is kind of cool that it will end 20 years after the first movie premiered in 2001, and there is apparently nothing Hollywood loves more than a sequel. As long as The Rock is involved in all three, I’m in.

-Ryan

Watching Jack Nicholson Pump Himself Up During the Axe Scene in “The Shining” is Terrifying.

Shelley Duvall’s performance in “The Shining” is all-time, and now I know why. I really think that Shelley Duvall was genuinely terrified during the shooting because Jack Nicholson is legit crazy person. Look at him get jazzed up to chop a door down with his axe. If you listen carefully he starts saying “axe murderer” under his breath. OH GOOD.

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Happy Groundhog Day

Apparently Phil did not see his shadow, which means the end of winter is near. Let’s celebrate by reliving one of the greatest moments in Groundhog Day history. Jimmy, take it away!

Music Monday – Brother Ali – Forest Whitaker

Have you ever listened to a white, albino rapper? No? Then you’ve never had the pleasure of listening to my man, Brother Ali. Coming straight at you with positive vibes on this gorgeous Monday.

-Matt

WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart Took To Social Media To Announce He Has Been Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

It is with great remorse that I feel compelled to speak truthfully to my friends, family and my millions of fans around the world. In the past few years, I've spent more than enough time paying the price for all those years trying to be the best there ever was as a professional wrestler. I executed excellently and my proudest claim was that I never seriously hurt or injured another wrestler in my 23 year career. I've paid a price for all that "fake" wrestling … Mark Helprin wrote: "We are all perfect clocks that Divinity has set to ticking when, even before birth, the heart explodes into a lifelong dance." I've had a great lifelong dance and I'm a survivor of many hard battles. I now face my toughest battle. With hesitation and fear, I openly declare myself in my fight against prostate cancer. In the next few days, I will undergo surgery with the hope of defeating this nemesis once and for all. My fans have always looked upon me as a hero and I've always done my best to live up to that in and out of the ring. I beat the odds when I suffered my stroke in 2002, but it is now yet again, that I … stand unafraid and face the tough road ahead of me, I will march toward this destiny with his spirit chanting in my ear. I make a solemn vow to all of those that once believed in me, the dead and the living, that I will wage my fearsome fight against cancer with one shield and one sword carrying my determination and my fury for life, emboldened by all the love that's kept me going this long already. Love is my weapon and I've got much of it around me all the time, for which I'm truly blessed and eternally grateful. My children, grandchildren, and my loving wife Steph have been and will constantly be at my side. I refuse to lose, I will never give in or give up, and I will win this battle or die trying. Most important of all, I hope can take the fight to prostate cancer. To be a leader in awareness and to set the example for men everywhere who find themselves in my very same shoes, that prostate cancer can be beaten. B x

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The WWE active roster has been hit incredibly hard with the injury bug over the past 6 months, but now a different type of sad wrestling news came to light this morning. Bret Hart took to social media to announce that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and he promises to defeat the disease just like he’s defeated foes both inside and outside the ring his entire career. Hart has always had a quite classiness about him, whether he was fighting for the WWE or giving interviews after his career was over, so it’s no surprise that he announced the sad news the way he did. As he mentions in the post, he suffered a stroke in 2002 which he fought to overcome, and he even got one more WrestleMania moment in what I can honestly say is the worst match I’ve ever seen against Mr. McMahon. Best of luck to Bret in his fight against cancer, and we hope to get some positive news from the ‘excellence of execution’ after his surgery.

-Ryan

Watch Richard Sherman Try To Give Clay Matthews An RKO In The Only Intersting Moment Of The Pro Bowl

The Pro Bowl was terrible and boring just like it always is, but thanks to Richard Sherman, we did get a few seconds of fun. After a play which saw Sherman line up as a wide receiver, he moseyed on over to the middle of the field and tried to hit an unsuspecting Clay Matthews with an RKO. For those of you who are not wrestling fans, an RKO is exactly what you just saw, except Clay Matthews would have laid flat out on his stomach and probably broke his neck since he was wearing a helmet. I still don’t understand how the NFL can mess up the Pro Bowl this badly, and it looked especially bad with the insanely fun NHL all star game going on at the same time. Damn you Roger Goodell. Damn you.

-Ryan

Super Bowl 50 Is Off To A Rousing Start As The Grounds Crew Painted Both End Zones For The Broncos

Come on grounds crew. You had one job. Ok they have more than one job, for the sake of an argument, they have one job: make sure the end zones are painted with a different team logo. The Broncos aren’t facing Broncos. The Panthers aren’t facing the Panthers. The Broncos are facing the Panthers, thus one end zone should say Broncos and one end zone should say Panthers. Seems pretty simple right? Not for those San Francisco folk. They better not mess anything up when WrestleMania comes to town or else this music will be the last thing they ever hear.

-Ryan

NXT Takeover Dallas Has Their Top Matches & Good Lord Does It Look Fantastic

NXT “Takeover: Dallas” event during WrestleMania 32 weekend:

WWE NXT Title Match
Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor

WWE NXT Women’s Title Match
Asuka vs. Bayley

WWE NXT Tag Team Title Match
Chad Gable and Jason Jordan vs. Dash and Dawson

Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

My favorite thing about NXT is their ability to not only put down four matches like that on paper, but the trust fans have in the product to build up these matches to make them even better. NXT had their final tapings before WrestleMania weekend last night, and these are the four major matches for the April 1st event. The only surprise for me was that Joe and Balor will square off again, and that Zayn will take on Nakamura in his debut. I want to see Zayn vs. Balor badly, but if Balor isn’t turning heel between now and April, it makes sense to put him up against someone like Joe. From everything I’ve seen and read about Nakamura, he is a complete game changer, and I fully expect him and Zayn to tear the house down. Gable and Jordan are my favorite part of NXT, so seeing them get their tag title shot is going to be insane. Asuka vs. Bayley is so wonderful, as they’re two VERY different kind of baby faces, and this will be the ultimate test for Bayley. When you combine this card with the fact that more matches will be added with the likes of Apollo Crews, Corbin, Austin Aries, the women’s division and the tag team division, you have an event that will rival WrestleMania. What a weekend that will be.

-Ryan

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