Winner and loser of the week in pop culture ft. 'Grease: Live' and O.J. Simpson
Grease: Live: The Fox musical was a smashing success, generating rave reviews and drawing 12 million-plus viewers, handily topping NBC’s The Wiz and its mess of a flop, Peter Pan. The joyful celebration of youth and music was dedicated to the late father of Vanessa Hudgens, who gutted through the role of Rizzo just one day after her dad died of cancer — and nailed it, by the way. Grease: Live suspended, if just for one night, the tradition of hate-Tweeting live musicals, instead impressing studio and TV audiences with its masterful use of elaborate sets, even pulling off the final carnival scene outdoors. The network’s next effort, Rocky Horror Picture Show, has a lot to live up to.
O.J. Simpson. First of all, the obvious. Secondly, the former football star and current Lovelock Correctional Facility resident has been whining about the ads and interviews promoting the FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson, which he can’t even watch because the prison where he’s serving his 33-year sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery doesn’t carry the cable network. His issue: the supposed negative portrayal of his former defense attorney, Johnnie Cochran, whom he greatly admired. Maybe Simpson can check out the series about how he wasn't convicted of his ex-wife's 1994 murder next year, when he’ll be eligible for parole.