Just like old times: OJ Simpson will be back in a courtroom this week for a televised court ruling that will decide his freedom. 

This time, Simpson is up for parole for the armed robbery and kidnapping case that has kept him locked up in Nevada since 2008. The hearing will be broadcast live at 1pm EDT on Thursday, reports the Wrap, and ESPN will be among the networks airing it, as part of a 90-minute special. 

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  • Optimistic: "Tell them we'll be playing golf again soon," Simpson told friend Tom Scotto in a phone call last week, per USA Today. If the parole board assents, Simpson would be free on Oct. 1, and he'd either move in with Scotto in Florida or with his sister in Sacramento, Calif., at least initially.

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