Looking to shake things up some, third-ranked syndicated tabloid series "A Current Affair" is going all O.J. all the time.
While the program has covered the trial of O.J. Simpson from the start, producers are now shifting gears to offer viewers nothing but Simpson stories. Each half-hour of the nightly series will be devoted only to the Simpson trial (unless a story pops up so big that it demands coverage). That means no more tawdry tales of strip clubs doubling as restaurants that is, unless O.J. or any of the lawyers in the case have eaten there.
According to a show spokeswoman, producers have hired 50 new staffers on the West Coast just to work on the Simpson story.
The announcement of the all-Simpson switch of format follows a six-week relocation of the program from New York to Los Angeles.
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Real life got too close to cartoon life this week. So it is, in response to Wednesday's terrorist bombing in Oklahoma City, Fox has pulled the episode of "The Critic" that had been scheduled to air this Sunday night. The animated comedy stars the voice of Jon Lovitz as Jay Sherman, a New York City movie critic with his own cable TV show.
The episode, which will be rescheduled for broadcast later in May, is titled "I Can't Believe It's a Clip Show" and involves a 10th-anniversary show that Jay stages at Carnegie Hall. In the middle of the show, terrorists seize Jay and the theater, strap a dynamite bomb to his chest and demand ransom. None of the cartoon characters is harmed, but the episode ends with the bomb exploding, reducing Carnegie Hall to a pile of rubble.
Fox and the show's production company, Columbia Tri-Star Television, decided that it would be insensitive to try to get laughs from such an image right now, notwithstanding its comedic context.
Instead, an episode titled "All the Duke's Men," which is heavy on political satire, will run at 8:30 Sunday night. Eric Mink