The so-called trial of the century became one of the major stories of this year's Emmys.
"In the wrong hands," said writer-producer Ryan Murphy, "it could have been very tabloid-y."
Murphy, speaking to reporters backstage, made sure to single out the "People v. O.J. Simpson" writers, including D.V. DeVincentis, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski and Joe Robert Cole. The trial and its attendant media circus essentially gave birth to reality TV.