TV: Hollywood – Season 1

Premiered: May 1, 2020

On: Netflix

Starring: David Corenswet, Darren Criss, Laura Harrier, Joe Mantello, Dylan McDermott, Jake Picking, Jeremy Pope, Holland Taylor, Samara Weaving, Jim Parsons, Patti LuPone, Maude Apatow, Mira Sorvino, Michelle Krusiec, Rob Reiner, Brian Chenoweth, Jake Regal, William Frederick Knight, Queen Latifah, Katie McGuinness, Paget Brewster, Harriet Harris, Daniel London, Billy Boyd & Alison Wright

Taking extreme creative license to show what the film industry could have been like had it been more accepting at an earlier time, Hollywood is a hit even if it’s a fantasy.

Acting Ace Studios head Avis Amberg (Patti LuPone) greenlights Meg, which features many newcomers including half-Filipino director Raymond Ainsley (Darren Criss), black star Camille Washington (Laura Harrier) and black screenwriter Archie Coleman (Jeremy Pope).

Creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan continue – and should be celebrated for – their longstanding ode to diversity. Topics such as sexuality, gender, race, ageism and religion are all front and center. LuPone covers a multitude of those and is a force to be reckoned with.

The production value is also top notch with beautiful sets and costumes that transport you back to the 1940s.

Final say: A golden tribute to the Golden Age. ★★★★★

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