Ryan Murphy’s Star-Studded Hollywood Gets Netflix Premiere Date

Ryan Murphy’s second offering for Netflix is just a few months away. 

The seven-episode limited series will bow Friday, May 1, the streamer has announced. 

The series from Murphy and Ian Brennan (Glee, Scream Queens), will follow the lives of Hollywood hopefuls in the 1940s.

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Here is the official description from Netflix. 

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.

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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.

Murphy said the following of the show when it got the Netflix green light exactly a year ago. 

“Hollywood” — my new Netflix show co-created with Ian Brennan — begins principal photography this summer. A love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown, this straight-to-series production will be my third show for Netflix and I couldn’t be more excited or proud about the work we are doing together. More to come…

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Hollywood‘s expansive cast includes Darren Criss (American Crime Story), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story), David Corenswet (The Politician), Patti LuPone (Life Goes On, Pose), Joe Mantello (The Normal Heart), Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men), and Jake Picking (Chasing Life).

Mira Sorvino (Modern Family), Maude Apatow (Euphoria) and Rob Reiner (All in the Family, New Girl) are attached to guest-star.

It’s certainly a great cast, and many people will tune into the series based on the cast alone, so there’s that. 

Murphy and Brennan previously worked together on The Politician — Murphy’s first show for Netflix. 

The Ben Platt-led drama is already in production on its second season, so that will also be staging a comeback. 

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Additionally, Murphy has several other projects in flux at Netflix, including Halston, a series starring Ewan McGregor as the legendary fashion designer, Ratched, a One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest prequel starring Sarah Paulson as the nurse, as well as The Boys in the Band and The Prom.

What are your thoughts on the cast and premise of Hollywood? 

Will you watch?

Hit the comments below. 

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Aussie talent is New York bound

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Screen Australia has announced the 11 creatives selected to travel to New York in April 2020 as part of the Talent USA: New York.

The delegation will attend the Australian International Screen Forum (13-16 April) where they take part in professional development and networking opportunities.

Screen Australia CEO, Graeme Mason said, “To achieve success in this global industry it is imperative we help Australian talent establish and foster creative and business relationships in the US – the largest English speaking market for screen content. This group were chosen because they are at the point in their careers where they can really take advantage of the opportunity and leverage these connections for their upcoming projects.”

Australian International Screen Forum Co-founder and Executive Director Michael Kelleher said, “We are excited to showcase the 2020 Talent USA delegation to a New York industry audience. As the demand for screen content continues to grow, these talented Australian creatives are in a prime position.”

Belinda Chayko: A writer, producer and director, Chayko was the showrunner and lead writer for the International Emmy Award-winning SBS mini-series Safe Harbour which screened on Hulu and BBC. She was also co-writer/story producer on ABC drama Stateless starring Cate Blanchett and Yvonne Strahovski, which will make its world premiere at Berlinale and will be broadcast in March 2020. A former journalist, Chayko co-created and co-wrote two seasons of the political thriller Secret City which screened on Foxtel and Netflix, and the ABC mini-series Barracuda. A recipient of numerous scriptwriting accolades, including AWGIES and AACTA Awards, she has also directed two feature films – Lou, starring John Hurt (which she also wrote) and City Loop. Both films screened internationally at major festivals, including Toronto and Busan. Chayko is currently developing a number of series and a feature film.

Vanessa Gazy: An award-winning writer, director and creator, Gazy completed her Masters in Directing at AFTRS in 2014, winning the school’s Kenneth B. Myer Award for Exceptional Talent. Gazy is currently developing her first feature Highway with Goalpost Pictures and Automatik (US). Her drama series Id is in development and was first developed through Endemol Shine’s ROAR: Smart for a Girl Gender Matters initiative. Gazy’s short films Foal, Highway and Shiloh have screened at over 30 film festivals internationally. Gazy is represented by Matt Rosen (Grandview LA) and WME.

Erin Good: A writer and director, Good created the hit Australian fantasy digital series Jade of Death which has amassed over 3.5 million views online. The series has been acquired by CBC and has won or been nominated for over 60 awards including; Best Drama Series from the International Academy of Web Television; Best Digital Series at the C21 International Drama Awards; and an Australian Directors’ Guild Award. Good is in development on a long-form adaptation of the series with support from Screen NSW. Her pilot script was shortlisted for the 2020 Sundance Episodic Lab. Good is also in development on neo-noir teen vertical series Red, feature film Please Help with co-writer Huna Amweero, the magic realism feature film A Lovely and Terrible Thing based on an award-winning Australian story of the same name, and the comedy/drama series Squatters with co-creator Chris Squadrito.

Mithila Gupta: A prolific screenwriter, Gupta has written on iconic Australian television series including Five Bedrooms, Doctor Doctor, The Heights and more. She wrote the pilot and several episodes of ABC teen series The Unlisted which screened on Netflix globally and was the assistant script editor on acclaimed ABC drama series Cleverman. Gupta endeavours to diversify the Australian screen industry and believes true inclusion starts on the page. She’s currently developing her own slate of projects aimed at a global market with a focus on India.

Alison James: James is an award-winning writer and director. Most recently she wrote and directed Judas Collar – a scripted, live-action short film. Judas Collar premiered at Sydney Film Festival with a Special Jury Mention for Best Director and went on to play at over 100 festival screenings, winning Best Narrative Short at the Austin Film Festival. James won the Australian Writers’ Guild Award for Best Short Film and was also nominated for an Australian Directors’ Guild Award and an AACTA. James has directed over 50 hours of internationally broadcast factual television. James is drawn to adventure and worked extensively in remote and punishing conditions while directing 24 episodes of Discovery’s Outback Truckers, filming alongside Australia’s toughest truck drivers. James is represented in the US by WME and Grandview.

Ben Lawrence: Lawrence is an award-winning writer/director working across feature film, feature documentary and factual TV. His recent credits include Ghosthunter, which won Sydney Film Festival’s award for Best Australian Documentary, and feature film Hearts and Bones starring Hugo Weaving – which had its international premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Lawrence has also directed factual series for the ABC, including Man Up and the 4 Corners investigative series, Exposed – The Case of Keli Lane. In 2019 he co-wrote and narrated a podcast based on his documentary Ghosthunter for Audible – which was voted in the top 5 podcasts by Rolling Stone magazine. With several solo exhibitions, his photography has been recognised at the International Photography Awards in New York, the Spider Awards for photojournalism in London and the Australian National Photographic Portrait Prize. Lawrence worked for over two decades as a TV commercial director. His work across all these mediums is distinguished by its examination of humanity and empathy.

Josephine Mackerras: Mackerras is a multi-award winning filmmaker who spent her childhood in Australia and China. Her first passion was acting, joining a theatre group at the age of nine. She left the southern hemisphere at 16, living in Jerusalem, Amsterdam, Montreal, London, Paris and New York where she studied filmmaking at New York University. She went on to make several shorts that were accepted in over 110 film festivals worldwide, including Slamdance, Cork, HOF, Rome, Stockholm, San Sebastian, Raindance, Edinburgh and AFI. Her first feature film Alice is currently being distributed and doing the festival circuit. It has won a string of awards including the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW.

Meg O’Connell: O’Connell is the AACTA Award-winning producer behind the critically acclaimed online series Robbie Hood from Since1788 Productions and Ludo Studio. She also produced Ludo Studio’s International Emmy Award-winning show Doodles for ABC ME and the vertical-video series Content for ABC iview. As executive producer on Content she oversaw all aspects of scripting, production and post on Australia’s first ever mobile phone show, which pop culture website Junkee listed as one of ‘The 50 Shows That Defined the Decade’. O’Connell worked as the development manager on the smash hit children’s animation Bluey, which is the most watched show in ABC iview history. The series won a Logie Award, was nominated for an International Emmy Award and is now screening worldwide on Disney+. Recently, O’Connell completed a creative mentorship at FremantleMedia in the UK, funded by Screen Queensland, and has since produced a music video for Columbia Records. She is currently developing a slate of projects with a number of next generation Australian creatives.

Stuart Page: Page is an acclaimed writer who co-created, script produced and was head writer for Blackfella Films’ hit ABC drama series Total Control, which won the 2019 AACTA Award for Best TV Drama. Total Control premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival under the title Black B*tch. His other TV credits include working as script producer and head writer for the second season of The Secret Daughter and The Doctor Blake Mysteries, as well as writing for Halifax, Cleverman, Janet King, Wentworth, Crownies, Neighbours, Home and Away and Blue Heelers. Page was a double nominee at the 2015 Australian Writers’ Guild Awards for scripts on The Doctor Blake Mysteries and Wentworth, taking home the award for Wentworth.

Claire Tonkin: Tonkin spent a decade as Drama Executive for Australian broadcaster Network Ten working across all scripted projects, including Offspring, Rush, Puberty Blues and Bikie Wars: Brothers In Arms. She was also Network Executive Producer for iconic serial Neighbours. An award-winning writer, Tonkin received an Australian Writers’ Guild Award for her short film Button and the International Emmy Awards’ Sir Peter Ustinov Scriptwriting Award for her pilot script Me & Mine. Tonkin joined production company CJZ as Head of Drama Development in 2017 and was named Head of Drama in 2019. Tonkin recently developed the 10-part drama series My Life Is Murder, for which she was also producer, writer and executive producer. Starring Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) the series premiered in Australia, the US and UK in 2019 and is now screening in over 50 countries.

Rodd Rathjen: Writer/director Rathjen first came to critical attention with his breakout short Tau Seru, which was selected to premiere at Cannes Film Festival in 2013 as part of Critics Week. It went on to win awards at top festivals around the world, including Melbourne International Film Festival. His feature debut, Buoyancy, premiered at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival in Panorama, where it won the Ecumenical Jury Prize. Buoyancy was awarded a 2019 AACTA for Best Indie Film and an Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Youth Feature Film. Rathjen is currently attached to direct Rizgari with Grant Hill (The Thin Red Line, Titanic) producing.

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Fanatic Feed: Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd Series, Madam Secretary Fave Joins Power Spinoff, and More!

Here is a wrap-up of all the news you need to know from Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

MRC Television today announced they will produce and develop the limited television series, The Shrink Next Door, based on the #1 new podcast of 2019 by Wondery and Bloomberg Media.

Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd, who are reteaming on screen for the first time since Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, will appear in the series as the patient and therapist, respectively.

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Michael Showalter is attached to direct and Georgia Pritchett will pen the script.

Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum and Brittney Segal will executive produce for Gloria Sanchez Productions. Rudd and Pritchett will also serve as executive producers.

Based on the acclaimed Wondery and Bloomberg Media podcast and inspired by true events, The Shrink Next Door is a dark comedy following the bizarre relationship between psychiatrist to the stars Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf played by Paul Rudd, and his longtime patient Martin “Marty” Markowitz, played by Will Ferrell.

Over the course of their relationship, the all-too-charming Ike slowly takes over Marty’s life, even moving into Marty’s home and taking over his family business. The series explores how a seemingly normal doctor-patient dynamic morphs into an unprecedentedly exploitative one filled with manipulation, power grabs, and dysfunction at its finest.

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Actor/Writer/Producer Ferrell, who starred for seven seasons on Saturday Night Live, has created some of the most iconic and beloved characters in films such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Elf, Step Brothers, and Stranger Than Fiction to name a few. Along with partner Jessica Elbaum, Ferrell is a co-founder of Gloria Sanchez Productions.

Ferrell will soon be seen starring in the Gloria Sanchez-produced film Eurovision, along with Rachel McAdams.

Written by Ferrell and Andrew Steele, Eurovision premieres on Netflix this May.

Ferrell can currently be seen in the Searchlight Pictures film Downhill alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Paul Rudd starred in the Netflix series, Living with Yourself, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe® Award and Critics’ Choice® Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Television Series.

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He recently starred in Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, the largest grossing film of all time, with a box office of $2.8 billion. Rudd will next be seen starring in Jason Reitman’s “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” on July 10, 2020.

Meanwhile, Power Book III: Raising Kanan has tapped a Madam Secretary favorite to be a part of its cast. 

 has joined the 1990s-set spinoff as Raquel “Raq” Thomas, a “cold, hard, fierce… successful and deadly woman taking names in a man’s world,” per the official character description provided by Starz.

“She is tough, resolute, ruthless and yet, Raq is still capable of love. Great love. The sole recipient of that affection is her son, Kanan — he is everything to her.”

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“As much as she cares for him though, there are many instances where one wonders if she loves him for who he is, or if she loves him merely as an extension of herself.”

“The middle child of three, Raq also carries the heavy burden as the earner for her two brothers. Raq is the sun, and everyone else in her universe exists in her orbit.”

Power Book III: Raising Kanan is one of four spinoffs in development. Power Book I may be over, but the franchise is set to live on for years to come. 

Over on USA Network, Briarpatch is officially on the move. The Rosario Dawson-fronted anthology is leaving its Thursdays at 10/9c slot behind, and moving behind WWE Raw on Mondays at 11/10c.

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Showruner Andy Greenwald dropped the news on Twitter, teasing that the network is attempting to boost the ratings. 

Briarpatch Season 1 Episode 1 had 528,000 total viewers and a 0.09 rating in the demo. The numbers got uglier in week 2. 

Over in the world of reality TV, Bethenny Frankel has set her return to the small screen. The former Real Housewives of New York star is set to topline The Big Shot With Bethenny. 

HBO Max has ordered eight episodes of The Big Shot with Bethenny, a new competition series from MGM Television, Mark Burnett, and reality TV veteran and producer Bethenny Frankel and her B Real Productions.

In each half-hour episode, the next generation of business moguls will compete for a chance to be second-in-command to business tycoon and Skinnygirl founder Frankel, and win a coveted position working on her executive team.

In business and in life, Frankel never settles and only accepts excellence. Through a series of real-life tasks and challenges, each aspiring mogul will be tested to see how far they can push their creativity and determination to rise to the top.

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“I first met Bethenny when I put her on the first season of The Real Housewives of New York City and she’s always both impressed and entertained me,” says Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president of original non-fiction and kids programming, HBO Max.

“It’s incredible to see her empire continue to grow and I know that candidates will be clamoring to work for her.”

“Bethenny is that rare talent whose creative instincts are equal to her business acumen and working with her to create this series has been an amazing collaboration,” said Barry Poznick, MGM’s President of Unscripted & Alternative Television and Orion Television.

“We’re giving fans what they want, access inside Bethenny’s businesses so they can see how she runs her empire, all while offering one fan the chance of a lifetime to join her executive team. We’ve found the perfect home in HBO Max to bring this exclusive opportunity to viewers.”

Added Frankel: “Aside from motherhood, what truly defines me as a person is being a driven, passionate and hard-working woman determined to make the impossible possible. My mantra is to come from a place of ‘yes’ and to find and create the solution. I am an executor of visions, and I share and impart that information to those who work with me.”

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“MGM has been neck-in-neck with me with ideas and their execution. I couldn’t be more thrilled to continue my longstanding relationship with Mark Burnett on this series and pay this American Dream story forward.”

Frankel is a self-made businesswoman, TV producer, multiple New York Times bestselling author, and mother. A frequent collaborator of MGM Worldwide Television Group Chairman Mark Burnett, Frankel appeared as a shark on two seasons of ABC’s critically acclaimed series Shark Tank, and was the series’ highest rated guest shark to-date.

Frankel is the Founder & CEO of Skinnygirl, a lifestyle brand offering practical solutions to women, and former star of the popular Bravo series “The Real Housewives of New York City.” In 2011, she was named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities by Forbes.

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What have you been watching? Including High Fidelity and Locke & Key

Narcos – Mexico

Previously on TMINE

TMINE’s plans to dazzle you all with a double boxset this week didn’t quite happen. Sure, I delivered unto you the whole of season 2 of Narcos – Mexico, but there was no second boxset.

To a certain extent I blame both a lack of background reading on my part and the raw material itself.

ZeroZeroZero turns out to have already been on Sky in the UK already. No point in reviewing that.

Utopia Falls (US: Hulu) might be be science-fiction, but here’s the plot: “Amidst the charred ruins of Earth, a group of teens are chosen to compete in the prestigious Exemplar performing arts competition; when they stumble upon a hidden archive of cultural relics, they question everything they have been taught.”

Yep, it’s a post-apocalyptic, young adult, hip-hop drama. That’s not happening here. Not on my watch.

Similarly, Interrogation (US: CBS All Access) might be a crime procedural but it’s an episodic anthology series, with each episode not merely having a different cast but actually being set in a different year altogether. No point reviewing that.

But I did give High Fidelity (US: Hulu) a try, since it passed both the inclusion and the exclusion criteria of TMINE. However, I only managed to get through two episodes because it wasn’t very good. I’ll talk about what I did see after the jump.

Thankfully, in the film world, Orange Thursday watched A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) and Parasite (2019).

Al Pacino in Amazon's Hunters
Al Pacino in Amazon’s Hunters

Next on TMINE

Apart from all the lovely boxsets I’ve just mentioned but didn’t watch, there have been no new shows for TMINE to watch. Huh. More are on the way – they’re just not here yet. That means I’ve been able to watch a few more episodes of Netflix’s Locke & Key, which I’ll also talk about after the jump.

Hunters is coming to Amazon on Friday, as is Netflix’s Gentefied. I’m more likely to watch Hunters, given Al Pacino’s in it, so I suspect that’ll be Boxset Monday – or Tuesday, if work’s heavy. Tuesday I’m hoping to review Tribal (Canada: APTN). However, my access to APTN isn’t the best, so I might not be able to watch that.

If I can’t, I’ll bring forward my preview (remember them?) of the forthcoming War of the Worlds – not to be confused with the BBC’s recent The War of the Worlds, which is also based on the HG Wells novel. Otherwise, that’ll probably be on Wednesday. Or next Monday. I’ll do at some point, anyway.

Meanwhile in movies, tomorrow’s Orange Thursday will be previewing Greed (2020) and reviewing The Gemini Man (2019). Definitely. Probably during my lunchbreak.

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

The regulars

Experimental error continues since although I dropped a show last week, the regulars list still has three shows: The Outsider, Star Trek: Picard and Stumptown. I did try to add Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist to that, but the show hard-opened on a musical number that even Jane Levy had to take part in – which doesn’t even make sense, given the show’s central concept – so that got switched off inside a minute. I also didn’t have time to watch last night’s For Life today.

So all of those three shows after the jump.


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Airdate: Spectros

8 part Brazilian drama Spectros premieres today on Netflix.

In Liberdade, a São Paulo neighborhood known by its large Japanese community, a group of teenagers is inadvertently drawn into an unearthly reality they cannot comprehend and that ties back to the same part of the town many years ago. Upon confronting increasingly bizarre and grim events, the group understands that an evil force is bringing back the dead and those spirits will want vengeance for the mistakes done in the past, unless stopped.

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Feel Good | Official Trailer | Netflix

Mae Martin stars as herself, a Canadian comedian living in London, navigating a relationship with her new girlfriend, George and dealing with sobriety.

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Elite S3 | Date announce | Netflix

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When another classmate is killed, a new investigation ensues. The students look toward their future, while the consequences of the past haunt them.

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What’s New on Netflix | March 2020 | Netflix

What To Watch In March | Netflix

Action – 0:10
Drama – 1:02
Comedy – 2:25
Family – 3:31
Anime – 5:03
Nonfiction – 5:44

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Brown Love Podcast Trailer | Con Todo | Netflix

Brown Love is an all-new podcast series where we get real about all the things Latinx communities are talking about on your timeline. We’ll be talking to Latinos in Hollywood who are making space for our communities to see ourselves, in all our colors and flavors. A new episode debuts every Monday on all podcast platforms starting February 24!

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The Morales cousins scramble to save their grandfather’s taco shop — and pursue their own dreams — as gentrification shakes up their LA neighborhood.

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