Spoilers ahead for Netflix's Hollywood.
Netflix’s Hollywood really delved into the idea of a utopian movie and TV industry that came to implement inclusivity, both in front of and behind the camera, years before they instigated these types of changes in real life. Recently, series co-creator Ryan Murphy explained the reasons he decided to change the real-life story of 1940s Hollywood for a revisionist version of the era.
Set post-World War II, Hollywood follows several characters as they work to make a name for themselves. Take Jeremy Pope’s Archie Coleman, a black, gay writer whose script went unmade, or Laura Harrier’s Camille Washington, an aspiring black actress constantly cast as the help, struggled against a still-racist studio system.
In Ryan Murphy’s revisionist version of the 1940s movie industry, Archie, Camille, and others managed to prevail and rightfully climb the ladder to success. Speaking with THR, Murphy revealed why he changed things up to reflect a better and more fair studio system on the show. In his words:
Hollywood was definitely an ideal show, that's for sure. Currently, the movie and TV industries are still struggling with being more inclusive across the board, though it has obviously gotten a whole lot better since the 1940s. The Netflix series didn’t even shy away from depicting Rock Hudson, Hattie McDaniel, and Anna May Wong, all three of whom were treated unjustly by Hollywood in real life. That’s why Ryan Murphy felt it was pertinent to give their fictional counterparts a better ending when it came time to reimagine the 1948 Academy Awards ceremony. Here’s how he put it:
Ryan Murphy, now a powerhouse TV creator with Glee, American Horror Story, and FX’s Pose under his belt, went on to say that it was definitely the right time for Hollywood to debut. Why? Because there were “so many dystopian shows lately” and his new Netflix series was the exact opposite of the doom and gloom of other TV shows. I'd say that that's a pretty good reason to produce a show that shows the world as it could have been.
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