Television monarch Ryan Murphy has announced the third series he will create and oversee as part of his $300 million dollar deal with our favorite national pastime Netflix. Hurray for glamorous tales about the golden age of Hollywood ! (Actually, it’s probably going to be a dark, disturbing take on how sucky it was to be a part of Tinseltown back in the day and will probably end with Judy Garland’s overdose so maybe less “hurray!” and more “We better brace ourselves and not watch it immediately before bedtime because we’ll be laying awake all night trying to get images like the one of the former seemingly pleasant Darren Criss brutally and sadistically murdering an elderly former cast member of M*A*S*H out of our heads.”)
Ryan Murphy intro-ed Hollywood on Instagram yesterday (via Variety).
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“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…
There’s no word on casting or the plot. If you had to guess, though, you’re imagining tales about or inspired by Jean Harlow’s husband committing suicide, Lana Turner’s daughter killing mom’s boyfriend, and Errol Flynn installing peepholes into his potty? Yeah, me too. (Olivia de Havilland probably won’t be the main character. Just a guess.)
Ian Brennan wrote the original script for Glee when it was originally envisioned as a movie and co-created the series (as well as Scream Queens) with Murphy and Murphy’s partner-in-crime Brad Falchuk.
The Politician and Ratched are the other two series that Murphy is doing for Netflix. The Politician is a comedy and will star Dear Evan Hansen Tony winner Ben Platt along with Murphy’s most magnificent muse Jessica Lange and Gwnyeth Paltrow.
Ratched is about Lindsay Lohan opening a series of nightclubs in Greece..I kid, it’s a prequel to One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest focusing on why Nurse Ratched (originally played by Louise Fletcher who won the Oscar for her portrayal) was so cranky. Murphy’s other most magnificent muse Sarah Paulson will play Ratched (she’s also producing the show). The rest of the cast portends campy goodness and plenty of scenery-chewing seeing as it includes Judy Davis, Rosanna Arquette, Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon), Amanda Plummer, and SHARON GODDAMN STONE. Does Ryan Murphy have some sort of psychic hotline that goes directly to the kitschy fantasies of starstruck middle-aged gays? All signs point to yes.