The Fix | Monday, 10 p.m., ABC
Marcia Clark is coming back to TV. Sarah Paulson is not playing her this time, as she did in the “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” Clark is an executive producer on a new crime anthology series, “The Fix.” The case bears more than a passing resemblance to the trial that made Clark’s name: the 1994-95 murder trial of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman. This time, the prime suspect is A-list British black actor Severin “Sevvy” Johnson (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and the attorney is Maya Travis (Robin Tunney, “The Mentalist”), but the place is the same: LA, with its infinity pools, houses overlooking canyons and storage lockers full of sordid secrets. The case will be solved, Clark swears.
She spoke to The Post from her California home.
What was the impetus for creating this new series?
I started working with [executive producers] Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain on another project. When that didn’t go, we were all sad. Then they called and said, “Hey, Marcia, we have an idea: Prosecutor loses trial of century. She escapes LA for a new life. We’re thinking horse farm. And they bring her back.” I said, “OK, but she’s not me, right?” They said, “We’re going to use your origin story, but not the rest. It would make for a great pilot.”
How is Maya Travis different from Marcia Clark?
She’s somebody who went away to run a horse farm. She ran away, forgot about the law and really tried to change her life. I didn’t do that. I stayed here and wrote books. In that respect, I’m jealous. Did you see that horse farm? Maya doesn’t make the choices I made. She didn’t have kids, wasn’t juggling child-care issues during the trial or the exes. That was liberating to write.
How do you work with your fellow executive producers?
We’re in the writers room together. They don’t have my legal background. I deliver on that. We were determined from the beginning that this would not be a law show about the law. I think what’s intriguing is behind the scenes. How do the lawyers strategize to manipulate public opinion? Every episode has a cliffhanger, but it’s as much personal as it is procedural.
Did Adewale have any misgivings about playing a character based on O..J. Simpson?
The truth is he’s not O.J. Simpson. I said to him, “We deliberately did not make your character an athlete or American. He’s British. We will show that you’re not him. You’ll see over and over again that you’re not him.”
And here’s what else to watch this week:
Grey’s Anatomy | Thursday, 8 p.m., ABC
Maggie (Kelly McCreary) introduces mood rooms as an alternative approach to medical treatment. Alex (Justin Chambers) and DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) butt heads over an 11-year-old patient.
The Act | Wednesday, Hulu
Series premiere. Gypsy Blanchard (Joey King) is a teenager being made to think she’s an invalid by her smothering mother, Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette). Her quest for independence results in a murder. Co-starring Chloe Sevigny as a nosy neighbor.
Riverdale | Wednesday, 8 p.m., The CW
As rehearsals for this year’s musical, “Heathers: The Musical” get underway, Betty (Lili Reinhart) grows increasingly annoyed by Evelyn’s (Zoé De Grand’Maison) involvement with the production.
The Village | Tuesday, 10 p.m., NBC
Series premiere. This ensemble drama revolves around the diverse residents of a Brooklyn apartment building called the Village. Stars include Warren Christie, Michaela McManus, Daren Kagasoff, Dominic Chianese, Frankie Faison and Lorraine Toussaint.
Empire | Wednesday, 8 p.m., Fox
Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) turn to a familiar face when they hire an old acquaintance to help track down some stolen money.
9-1-1 | Monday, 9 p.m., Fox
This week’s disasters include a tractor trailer, carrying a tiger shark, that jackknifes on the freeway. Meanwhile, Maddie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) tries ending her marriage to Doug (Brian Hallisay), prompting him to try to insinuate himself even deeper into the life of her boyfriend Chimney (Kenneth Choi).
Proven Innocent | Friday, 9 p.m., Fox
The Injustice Defense Group takes on the case of a girl convicted for the murder of her mother. Meanwhile, Madeline (Rachelle Lefevre) is trapped in a whirlwind of drama, trying to stop Bellows (Kelsey Grammer) while simultaneously finding out shocking news about a former associate.
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