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TV News Roundup: Esquire to Air O.J. Simpson Special; First Look at JLo’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’

In today’s round-up, Esquire Network is offering viewers a chance to relive the notorious O.J. Simpson murder trail with a 12-hour special. Plus, your first look at Jennifer Lopez with James Corden for Carpool Karaoke is here . . .

FIRST LOOK:

Jennifer Lopez is ready to sing-a-long in the car with late-night host James Corden in his viral TV segment Carpool Karaoke.

Today, CBS released the first image (above) of the “American Idol” and “Shades of Blue” star with Corden, teasing her March 29 debut on “The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special,” an hourlong celebrating Corden’s first year in late-night, sprinkled with the host’s favorite moments and a new Carpool Karaoke moment with Lopez.

Other celebrities who’ve participated in Carpool Karaoke include Adele and Justin Bieber.

TV SPECIALS:

Esquire Network will air “The Real O.J. Simpson Trial,” a 12-hour TV special that will source archival courtroom footage to recap the former football hero’s infamous 1994-95 murder trail. The all-day special on April 3 will revisit the trial with video archives of the opening statements, key testimonies, the famous footage of Simpson and the glove, the stunning Oct. 3, 1995, verdict and everything in between.

Simpson’s story has been thrown back into the limelight lately with FX’s critically acclaimed series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

CASTING NEWS:

Nina Arianda will star as a go-getter attorney opposite Billy Bob Thornton in Amazon’s upcoming legal drama “Trial,” which follows once-prestigious lawyer Billy McBride (Thornton), whose professional life is in shambles after being displaced from the high-profile law firm he co-founded. “Trial” was created by David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro.

AWARD SHOWS:

Will Smith will be presented with the Generation Award at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards, which will be hosted by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart on April 10.

Past recipients of the Generation Award, the event’s highest accolade, include Mark Wahlberg, Jamie Foxx, Johnny Depp, Reese Witherspoon, Adam Sandler, Sandra Bullock, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey.

REVIVALS:

Adult Swim is reviving anime series “FLCL” for two new six-episode seasons. The new installments come 16 years after the 2000 debut of the hit show, and will premiere on the Turner cabler’s Toonami block.

“The original ‘FLCL’ is an anime classic and has been a fixture on Adult Swim since we first laid eyes on it,” said Jason DeMarco, senior vice president-creative director, Adult Swim On-Air. “I’m beyond thrilled to be able to produce a sequel with the original creators, for Toonami, where it belongs.”

Original creator Kazuya Tsurumaki will return for the new episodes, serving as supervisor with director Katsuyuki Motohiro and character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. Hideto Iwai joins as writer.

EXECUTIVE NEWS:

44 Blue Productions has tapped Hillary Smotherman as director of casting.

In her new post, Smotherman will continue her involvement with the A&E docu-series “Nightwatch,” as well as two new series for Oxygen and Fuse. Prior, Smotherman served as the company’s casting producer and played a crucial role in the development of key 44 Blue projects.

The casting vet’s past credits include Style Network’s Emmy-nominated reality series “Split Ends,” OWN’s “Married to the Army” and E!’s “Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry.”

PREMIERE DATES:

The 96th Miss America pageant will be broadcast Sept. 11 on ABC. The program will follow three days of preliminary competitions between the 52 contestants as well as a series of Miss America events that are held around the Atlantic City Boardwalk in the days leading up to the crowning of the winner.

TNT has set a June 7 premiere date for Animal Kingdom.” The drama, which was given a 10-episode order, centers on a 17-year-old boy (Finn Cole), who, after the death of his mother, moves in with the Codys, a criminal family governed by matriarch Smurf (Ellen Barkin). The cast also includes Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Daniella Alonso and Molly Gordon.

The Dresser will premiere on Starz on May 30. The TV movie, which stars legends Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins, centers on the bond between elderly actor Sir and his trusty personal aide Norman, who’s forced to think fast when the actor disappears an hour before he’s set to perform in a Shakespeare production.

Watch the new trailer for “The Dresser” here:

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