Ryan Murphy’s Ultra-Queer Reimagining of Hollywood

Ryan Murphy’s ‘Hollywood’ Is Glitz, Glam, and Gay

The latest project from multihyphenate TV and film creator Ryan Murphy is an aspirational story of a bygone Hollywood that flips the script on the straight white male studio stronghold that was considered its Golden Age and instead delivers a queer, intersectional world.

The seven-episode limited series Hollywood, for which Janet Mock is a writer, producer, and director, stars Broadway actor Jeremy Pope as an aspiring writer with a fresh story to tell, Darren Criss as an up-and-coming director, David Corensweet (The Politician) as the new hunk in town, Laura Harrier as a rising star of an actress, and Patti LuPone as a studio bigwig who’s about to change the landscape.

At the center of the story that pays homage to Rock Hudson, Anna May Wong, and Hattie McDaniel is the gas station run by Dylan McDermott’s Ernie, where queer people and outsiders come to fill their tanks (as it were).

Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello, Holland Taylor, Samara Weaving, Mira Sorvino, and Michelle Krusiec costar in the series, which drops on Netflix May 1.