If you're scouring the Internet to find your next binge-worthy obsession, look no further. Hollywood, a new limited series about the power dynamics at play during the Golden Age, premieres Friday, May 1, at 3 p.m. EST, on Netflix.
The brains behind the seven-episode series are Ian Brennan and Ryan Murphy (Murphy also gave us television gems like Glee, American Horror Story, and Scream Queens). The cast is also unsurprisingly star-studded, featuring David Corenswet, Darren Criss, Jeremy Pope, Laura Harrier, Patti LuPone, and more.
Hollywood follows the lives of aspiring actors and filmmakers in the post-World War II era as they try to stamp out a name for themselves in Tinseltown, unearthing and analyzing the intersections between power, race, gender, and sexuality.
Partially inspired by real people, the series also portrays Old Hollywood in newly imagined ways. "What we're dealing with here is a complete look at an idea of buried history in Hollywood. The idea of people not being able to be who they were, and to show their best side of who they were," Murphy told Vanity Fair. "What if we went back and sort of did a revisionist look, and created an alternative universe?"
Janet Mock, an executive producer and director of Hollywood, further elaborates on the show's "aspirational tale of what ifs."
"What if a band of outsiders were given a chance to tell their own story?" she said in a statement. "What if the person with greenlight power was a woman? The screenwriter a black man? What if the heroine was a woman of color? The matinee idol openly gay? And what if they were all invited into the room where the decisions are made, entering fully and unapologetically themselves to leave victorious and vaunted, their place in history cemented? Hollywood is a love letter to our little industry town where dreamers dwell, stars are born and magic transcends reality."
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