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What to Watch on Saturday: Do not miss the ‘30 for 30’ OJ Simpson doc

O.J. Simpson at a Rich Stadium press conference circa 1975.
O.J. Simpson at a Rich Stadium press conference circa 1975. ESPN/Mickey Osterreicher

O.J.: Made In America (8 p.m., ABC) – The recent FX series “American Crime Story: People v O.J. Simpson” was an extremely well done – but dramatized – account of the trial of O.J. Simpson after the murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman. But ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary series, directed by Ezra Edelman, is the definitive account of the whole O.J. story: his college and professional career, the domestic abuse of Nicole Brown Simpson, the murder, the investigation, the trial, the verdict and the aftermath. The documentary gives context to O.J. the man and to the crime that we’ve never seen before.

In fact, check out my full review on what to expect from “O.J.: Made in America,” the five part, nearly eight-hour film. Tonight’s two-hour debut repeats Tuesday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by part 2 at 9. Subsequent episodes (and repeats) will air Wednesday, Friday and Saturday on ESPN. (FYI: FX is running a marathon of their entire O.J. series today, starting at 2 p.m. If your DVR has the space, grab that one too.)

The American West (10 p.m., AMC) – A new AMC miniseries chronicling America’s wild west from 1865 to 1890. In the series opener, Jesse James forms a gang, Custer seeks glory and Crazy Horse fights back.

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