4:50pm PT by Jennifer Konerman
ESPN to Blur "Graphic" Parts of 'O.J.: Made in America' for Final Episodes
Ahead of Friday's fourth part of ESPN's documentary O.J.: Made in America, the cabler announced that some images will be blurred during future airings due to "graphic" crime scene photos.
The fourth episode of ESPN's 30 for 30 series covers Simpson's trial, which also was recently examined during FX's critically acclaimed anthology The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. In the ESPN episode, viewers see crime scene photos of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman's murder as the prosecution presents their theory in court.
In a statement on Friday, the sports network said that these images will be kept in the original episode and in VOD episodes because the "director and producers of the film feel they are key to the powerful narrative," but re-airings of the series' fourth episode will be blurred.
Read the full statement below. The Hollywood Reporter will have full coverage of Friday's episode and the fifth and final installment on Saturday.
There are several graphic crime scene photos that will be shown during Part 4 of “O.J.: Made in America” that the director and producers of the film feel are key to the powerful narrative of the documentary. These will not be altered in the initial television premiere, nor will they be altered in the version of the film that will be available on demand to viewers online or via cable VOD services. However, since subsequent re-airs will take place at various times, those photos will be blurred in future re-airs.