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Director of new ESPN 30-for-30 docu-series on the challenges of retelling O.J.’s story




 (L-R) Kevin Merida, Ezra Edelman, Raina Kelly, Kelley Carter and Robert Lipsyte speak during Tribeca Talks: O.J.: Made In America TheUndefeated.com Panel Discussion on April 24, 2016.
(L-R) Kevin Merida, Ezra Edelman, Raina Kelly, Kelley Carter and Robert Lipsyte speak during Tribeca Talks: O.J.: Made In America TheUndefeated.com Panel Discussion on April 24, 2016.
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O.J. Simpson’s story has been told in nearly every way possible; TV dramas, literature, and documentaries have all chronicled the famous rise and fall of the former football star.

So when Emmy-winning director Ezra Edelman decided to dive into O.J.’s story as part of ESPN’s highly-successful 30-for-30 documentary series, he knew that it would be a tall order to find fresh angles to a story that nearly everyone has heard from beginning to end.

But after combing through the case and wrangling some interviews with the likes of Marcia Clark and other key players in the trial, what resulted is a five-part episodic documentary that will air on ABC and ESPN starting June 11. The series also had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and had theatrical openings in New York City and Los Angeles, making it eligible for an Oscar. L.A. Times TV critic Mary McNamara wrote that it could be the first TV show to win an Academy Award.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll sit down with Ezra Edelman and talk about the challenges of re-telling such a well known story, what he learned about the case that he didn’t know before, and what he hopes viewers will come away with after watching the series.

"O.J.: Made In America” premieres this Saturday, June 11, at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. The full episodic documentary will then air over the course of four days on ESPN. You can see the full schedule of air times below:

Tuesday, June 14

7 p.m. ET – Re-air of “O.J.: Made in America – Part 1”

9 p.m. ET – Premiere of “O.J.: Made in America – Part 2”

Wednesday, June 15

7 p.m. ET – Re-air of “O.J.: Made in America – Part 2”

9 p.m. ET – Premiere of “O.J.: Made in America – Part 3”

Friday, June 17

7 p.m. ET – Re-air of “O.J.: Made in America – Part 3”

9 p.m. ET – Premiere of “O.J.: Made in America – Part 4”

Saturday, June 18

7 p.m. ET – Re-air of “O.J.: Made in America – Part 4”

9 p.m. ET – Premiere of finale “O.J.: Made in America – Part 5”

Guest:

Ezra Edelman, director of the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary “O.J.: Made in America”