'The People v. OJ Simpson': The latest episode and what's up for season 2

'Simpson' stars Sarah Paulson, John Travolta, and Cuba Gooding Jr. Those behind the program have already planned a new focus for a second season of the FX drama.

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'The People v. OJ Simpson' stars Cuba Gooding Jr. (l.).

The ninth and second-to-last episode of “The People v. OJ Simpson” depicted more of the famous trial as the series continues to draw critical acclaim.

The newest installment of “Simpson,” which aired on March 29, centered on the involvement of Mark Fuhrman, a detective in the Los Angeles Police Department who testified during the case that he had not recently used any racial epithets but was later heard on tape making racially insensitive remarks.

The next and final episode of this season will presumably wrap up the court case which the show has been depicting. The series stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, John Travolta, and David Schwimmer. 

“Simpson” has been critically acclaimed throughout its run, with critics calling its discussion of justice and race in America relevant and thoughtfully depicted. 

Danielle Henderson of The New York Times called the newest installment “possibly my favorite episode of the season.” 

“All of the legal cartwheels, questionable courtroom politics and racial tension seem to have been building in a crescendo of angry outbursts, sadness and emotional violence,” Ms. Henderson wrote.

Meanwhile, looking ahead to next week’s final installment, Entertainment Weekly writer Joe McGovern wrote, “Knowing the outcome doesn’t make the reenactment any less thrilling.”

As “Simpson” is close to concluding, viewers already know what topic the FX anthology series “American Crime” will tackle next for a possible second season. Producers have announced that the next season of the show would center on Hurricane Katrina and what happened after the disaster. 

Executive producer Ryan Murphy said of the plan in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, “I want this show to be a socially conscious, socially aware examination of different types of crime around the world.” 

Indiewire writer Tambay A. Obensen wrote that after finding “Simpson” “surprisingly promising," “I'm certainly intrigued by [Murphy’s] planned approach” to depicting Hurricane Katrina.

And Bustle writer Emily Lackey wrote of the planned focus, “It is also an incredibly necessary event for American viewers to see … I can only imagine [it] … will leave us audiences more aware, informed, and emotional than they were before watching.”

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