Everything We Know About Ryan Murphy’s New Netflix Series ‘Hollywood’ Starring Darren Criss

If you loved Ryan Murphy’s The Politician, you should know that his second Netflix series, Hollywood, is premiering in less than three months. (Bonus: It stars the beloved Darren Criss.)

Keep reading for all the details on Netflix’s new series, Hollywood.

netflix hollywood
Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

1. When Does 'hollywood' Premiere?

The highly anticipated series will hit Netflix on Friday, May 1, so mark your calendars. It’ll be here before you know it.

ryan murphy netflix hollywood series
Mike Windle/Getty Images

2. How Do I Watch 'hollywood'?

The series will be exclusively available on Netflix, thanks to Murphy’s multi-year deal with the company. We don’t know how the Hollywood episodes will be formatted—like whether the streaming service will release all the installments at once or stagger them in bunches. Still, we’re suckers for anything Ryan Murphy.

ryan murphy netflix hollywood
Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

3. What's It About?

Hollywood takes place in Los Angeles in the aftermath of World War II. It follows a group of aspiring actors as they attempt to navigate the changing industry. Each character will face different biases that are often seen in Hollywood, including discrimination based on race, gender and sexuality.

As Bustle reports, the TV show “exposes and examines decades-old power dynamics, and what the entertainment landscape might look like if they had been dismantled.”

darren criss netflix hollywood series
David Crotty/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images

4. Who's In It?

The series will star several of Murphy’s go-to actors, like Darren Criss (American Crime Story) as Raymond, David Corenswet (The Politician) as Jack, Patti LuPone (Pose) as Avis and Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story) as Ernie.

Other cast members include Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming) as Camille, Samara Weaving (Ready or Not) as Claire, Holland Taylor (To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You) as Ellen Kincaid, Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) as Henry Wilson, Jeremy Pope (The Ranger) as Archie, Jake Picking (Top Gun: Maverick) as Rock Hudson, Joe Mantello (The Normal Heart) as Dick and Maude Apatow (Euphoria) as Henrietta.

netflix hollywood series
David Crotty/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images

5. How Did The Story Originate?

Murphy is known for his out-of-this-world ideas, but the showrunner has Criss to thank for Hollywood, since the Glee star helped him solidify the story line during a casual dinner.

Criss detailed the moment in an Instagram post, writing, “@mrrpmurphy and I had dinner where he shared that he wanted to do a period piece that was young and optimistic. We landed on the idea of a series covering several narratives from 1940s Hollywood. Two days later Netflix bought it. Not only is that a testament to the magic of Ryan Murphy, it’s a reminder of the kind of thing that can only happen in Hollywood…literally.”

Greta Heggeness

Senior Editor

Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...
read full bio