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The new ESPN 30 for 30 lineup includes a five-part doc on OJ Simpson

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OJ: Made in America will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.
OJ: Made in America will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.
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ESPN HAS ANNOUNCED the lineup for the latest run of its beloved 30 for 30 series, which will feature a five-part documentary on the rise and fall of OJ Simpson.

Among the new episodes are features on the 1985 Super Bowl-winning Chicago Bears, the 2006 Duke University lacrosse scandal, and the mid-1990s Orlando Magic.

But the centrepiece of the schedule is OJ: Made in America, the first-ever 30 for 30 miniseries which is described as “the group’s most ambitious project to date.”

“It is perhaps the defining cultural tale of 20th-century America,” ESPN said in a press release, “one that centres around two of our country’s greatest fixations: race and celebrity.

OJ: Made in America will explore these themes in tracing a personal journey, from how Orenthal James Simpson first became a football star, to why the country fell in love with him off the field, to his being accused of murdering his ex-wife and his subsequent acquittal and why he is now sitting in jail 20 years later for another crime.

The 10-hour miniseries will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month but will not be shown on television until June.

The new 3o for 30 series begins with The ‘85 Bears which airs on US television on 4 February.

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