Netflix released American drama web series Hollywood on May 1st, 2020. The premise is set in a post-World-War Hollywood. A group of aspiring actors and filmmakers try to make it in the industry, at any cost. The try to make their dreams come true. The series aims at revealing the struggles faced by them, behind the curtain of Hollywood’s Golden Age. It also tries to expose the biases and entrenched power back in the day.
The ensemble cast consists of David Corensweet, Laura Harrier, Dylan McDermott, Darren Criss, Joe Mantello, Jake Picking and Jeremy Pope in significant roles. Maude Apatow and Miro Sorvino have recurring characters while Rob Reiner, William Frederick Knight and Queen Latifah appear as guests.
What have the critics said?
Though the series has been well received by the viewers, it lacks critical acclaim. Rotten Tomatoes has rated it as a 5.89 on 10. It said, ” With its heart on its sleeve and style to spare, Hollywood is anything but subtle-if only its good intentions were paired with a less convoluted story.” Chicago-Sun writer Richard Roeper gave it a fair 2.5 stars out of four. He said, “Hollywood can’t overcome script problems that surface about midway through the story.”
Hugh Montgomery of BBC gave a mere 1 out of 5 to the series. He described it as “spineless and inert”. Lucy Mangan of The Guardian criticized its “counterfactual history”, giving it a two on 5.
Will there be a Season 2 of Hollywood?
There is a low possibility of a second season of Hollywood for now. Presently there is no plan of renewal. This is because it had always been designed as a limited miniseries. The cast had signed a contract for seven episodes only.
But owing to its popularity, creator Ryan Murphy has stated that he might be interested in a season 2 in future. “I sure do love this cast though.” He stated. Fans also believe that a potential second season could also bring an end to the criticism it has received for its writing, tone and artistic license.