Jimmy Kimmel Mocks O.J. Simpson's Prison Release With Faux Miniseries
David Alan Grier played the accused murderer in a faux promo shown on the ABC late-night show.
O.J. Simpson was just released from prison Sunday, but Jimmy Kimmel joked that the former NFL star and accused murderer is already the subject of a new TV series.
The ABC late-night host on Tuesday presented a trailer for a mock 30-part miniseries dubbed: O.J. Simpson: The Release of the Century.
“We here at ABC are very pleased to present what could turn out to be the television event of the year,” Kimmel joked as he presented the Simpson sketch.
David Alan Grier plays Simpson, wearing the same ensemble the latter was sporting as he was released and venturing to a restaurant to order his first post-prison meal. After he orders a steak, the waitress serves his entree and silverware sans a knife, leaving Grier’s Simpson to ask, “Miss, can I get a knife? A steak knife?”
The waitress looks fearful as she tells Grier, “We are all out of knives. So just use a spoon,” she says as she sprints away, making light of Simpson's '90s murder trial.
Producers previously told The Hollywood Reporter that there is the potential for a reality series following the former inmate but they have some hesitations.
"The danger of train-wreck shows is that you've got to watch out for the train because it will run you over," warned 44 Blue Productions CEO Rasha Drachkovitch (Lockup), a reality producer who told THR earlier this year that she believes a Simpson reality series will prevail.
Meanwhile, the race to land the first interview with the former running back are underway, with Simpson associates already shopping him around to the networks.
With his cohorts asking for seven-figure payouts, major cable networks are passing on the offers, including ABC, CBS and NBC, THR reported. Multiple large cable TV groups, including A+E Networks and Discovery, also have passed on a Simpson interview.
Apart from Simpson's infamous trial, producers explain that Simpson has failed to make "good television," with his 2006 Fox special, O.J. Simpson: If I Did It, Here’s How It Happened being pulled before the premiere and Juiced, a hidden-camera show where Simpson pranked guests, failing financially.
"The last time I saw him interviewed, he was what I'd call bad television," David Lyle, president of producers consortium PactUS told THR. "So I don't think he's going to be giving the Kardashians a run for their money — unless he married one, I suppose."