Ryan Murphy on ‘Making A Murderer:’ ‘How Is the Judicial System So Broken?’

Making A Murderer” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” have a lot in common: though different formats, both projects question the justice system, and both undoubtedly center around subjects that the public just can’t get enough of, whether it’s one month or two decades later.

Well, it’s not just you who can’t get enough of “Making A Murderer” — the producers behind the upcoming FX series are also among the mass obsession with the Netflix documentary.

“I tore through those episodes over the Christmas break. I was so fascinated by that show,” said “American Crime Story” exec producer Ryan Murphy on Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. “You end up watching that show and you ask, how is the judicial system so broken?”

“When I was watching that show, I wanted to talk to more than one juror and I wanted to see more inside that jury room,” Murphy said, sharing that episode no. 8 of his FX series is told from the point of view of the jury, answering the questions “what were they like, what were they going through, and how did they get to this verdict.”

Exec producer Brad Simpson shared his thoughts on why viewers are recently so enthralled by the true crime genre. “Great true crime stories aren’t just about a crime — they’re about some rupture in society,” Simpson said. “That’s why [the public] is fascinated. I think right now people are fascinated in stories in ways in which the justice system might be broken or ways in which the justice system might be flawed.”

Aside from entertainment value, perhaps positive change to turn around injustice can occur from watching true crime TV, said exec producer Nina Jacobson. “I think there are times when people want TV to affirm their values,” she said. “Now people want TV to affirm their fears and misgivings of how things may have gotten off track. Maybe there will be changes that come out of those explorations.”

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