Although ‘Hollywood,’ a re-contextualizing of the Golden Age of Hollywood, couldn’t quite hit the mark with the critics, it managed to garner a decent fan-base among the audiences upon its release in May 2020. The Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan creation was lauded for its production design, soundtrack, era-accurate costumes, feel-good vibe, and electrifying performances by the polished ensemble. After binge-watching the first season of the historical drama, fans are wondering: Will there be a ‘Hollywood’ season 2? Here’s everything we know.
Hollywood Season 2 Release Date
‘Hollywood’ season 1 premiered in its entirety on May 1, 2020, on Netflix. It consists of seven episodes. As far as season 2 is concerned, here’s what we know. The first season was billed as a miniseries from the day it was announced, which means the creators didn’t conceive the show with multiple seasons in mind. If we talk about the ending, all the threads are tied up with a satisfactory conclusion. Therefore, despite a positive response from the audience, it is highly unlikely that ‘Hollywood’ season 2 will get made. In case it unexpectedly does, we don’t expect season 2 to release before 2023.
Hollywood Cast: Who is in it?
Season 1 features David Corenswet (‘The Politician’) as Jack Castello, Darren Criss (‘American Crime Story’) as Raymond Ainsley, Laura Harrier as Camille Washington, Joe Mantello as Dick Samuels, Dylan McDermott as Ernie, Jake Picking as Rock Hudson, Jeremy Pope as Archie Coleman, Holland Taylor as Ellen Kincaid, Samara Weaving as Claire Wood, Jim Parsons as Henry Willson, and Broadway legend Patti LuPone as Avis Amberg.
The cast also comprises guest appearances from Maude Apatow as Henrietta, Harriet Harris as Eleanor Roosevelt, Michelle Krusiec as Anna May Wong, Queen Latifah as Hattie McDaniel, Katie McGuinness as Vivien Leigh, Rob Reiner as Ace Amberg, Mira Sorvino as Jeanne Crandall.
Hollywood Plot: What is it About?
The series aims at re-envisioning Hollywood in the era following World War II. It begins with Ernie, an enthusiastic gas station owner who also runs a male prostitution racket at the side. The staff is filled with young and handsome men who want to make it big in the Hollywood scene. If you agree to the terms and conditions – “Get in the car, have a drink (maybe), and service the customers,” you are hired. The customers who come for things other than gas, identify themselves using the password – “Dreamland.”
Set in Los Angeles, fresh after World War II, the show primarily revolves around three up-and-coming artists from different walks of life, Archie Coleman, Jack Castello, and Raymond Ainsley. Archie is a gay and black screenwriter; Raymond is a half-Filipino director, and Jack is an unhappily married war veteran with twins on the way. Archie falls love with another struggling actor, Roy, who is a closeted gay and enters the escort business after meeting the reptilian and toffee-nosed agent, Henry Willson (yes, they did that). Raymond’s talented girlfriend Camille Washington desperately seeks the recognition and roles she deserves as she only gets to play “maid roles” in films because of her color.
All of the artists band together to make a movie, intending to bend Hollywood stereotypes and rewrite history. They gain the support of Ellen Kincaid, a production studio executive and Dick Samuels, her co-worker who has lost faith in the traditional movie business. Throughout their journey, the group faces difficulties ranging from gender and racial discrimination to homophobia, exploitation of power, prevention of authenticity, betrayal, loss, family disputes, etc. Braving the storm of adversities, they not only manage to finish their film, but it also gains recognition at the Academy Awards.
As we wait for an official update on ‘Hollywood’ season 2, check out the trailer for season 1!
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