We fell in love with the idea of this series when the “first look” promo shots dropped, giving us a world of gorgeous men, homoeroticism, and stunning period costume design set in the Golden Age of Hollywood. It all seemed so tailor-made to our obsessions and we got excited, knowing that Ryan Murphy has a tendency to disappoint with roughly half his projects.
Well, the trailer dropped and … see for yourself.
Yeah… that’s not really doing it for us. We knew they were dealing with an alternate take on history; one where mature women were film executives, black women were stars, and gay men lived openly, but now that we’re seeing it all play out, we’re not sure what the appeal is. You have to have at least a passing familiarity with the history of Hollywood at this time and we suspect a good deal of the viewers will wind up needing some sort of “guide” to inform that no, elderly women weren’t film executives back then and famous gay interracial couples did not exist openly in front of the press. As a thought experiment, we suppose there’s some draw here, but unless the series has something truly interesting or illuminating to say about the real history of Hollywood – the one filled with racism, homophobia, misogyny and sexual abuse – we have to wonder what the point is.
If nothing else, there will be very pretty men and very pretty costumes to look at. Of course we’ll watch it.
A new limited series from Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, HOLLYWOOD follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood as they try to make it in Tinseltown — no matter the cost. Each character offers a unique glimpse behind the gilded curtain of Hollywood’s Golden Age, spotlighting the unfair systems and biases across race, gender and sexuality that continue to this day. Provocative and incisive, HOLLYWOOD exposes and examines decades-old power dynamics, and what the entertainment landscape might look like if they had been dismantled. HOLLYWOOD stars David Corenswet as Jack, Darren Criss as Raymond, Jeremy Pope as Archie, Laura Harrier as Camille, Samara Weaving as Claire, Dylan McDermott as Ernie, Holland Taylor as Ellen Kincaid, Patti LuPone as Avis, Jim Parsons as Henry Willson, Jake Picking as Rock Hudson, Joe Mantello as Dick, and Maude Apatow as Henrietta.
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