"The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," the critically-acclaimed miniseries from Ryan Murphy, hits DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday (Sept. 6) and Zap2it has an exclusive sneak peek at one of the behind-the-scenes featurettes from the set.
The trial of the century was truly the first high profile murder case to play out live on national TV, from the famous Bronco chase right up to the verdict. "This was kind of the birth of reality television," explains writer/executive producer Larry Karaszewski in the clip.
"Kato Kaelin was one of the first people to be famous for nothing," adds D.V. DeVincentis, co-executive producer/writer. "It wasn't his fault. He didn't go looking for it. It came and grabbed him and it carried him off."
Jeffrey Toobin, the author of "The Run of His Life," the book upon which "People vs. O.J. Simpson" is based, says that he thinks cameras in courtrooms are generally good ideas, but in this case, it spiraled the trial out of control.
"I think cameras in the courtroom are a good idea. They almost always have no impact on the proceedings. But in this most high-profile example of cameras in the courtroom, they did have an impact," says Toobin. "I think the cameras led Judge Lance Ito to lose control. He was too much worried about the cameras, he was too much playing to the cameras and allowing, especially the defense, the use the cameras in away that was really unfortunate."
Former KTLA field reporter Walter Richards adds, "People were making a name for themselves because they were playing to the cameras. There was one time I saw Robert Shapiro questioning a witness and there was a camera positioned just above the witness area -- it was in the corner, I remember it, because Robert Shapiro kept looking up at it."
"The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," nominated for 22 Emmys and winner of three Television Critics Association awards, is out on DVD/Blu-ray Sept. 6. The second season of the anthology series is coming in 2017.