“Films and TV shows whose appeal derives from their insider depiction of how films and TV shows are made have been an entertainment industry staple going back at least as far as King Vidor’s Show People in 1928

“Films and TV shows whose appeal derives from their insider depiction of how films and TV shows are made have been an entertainment industry staple going back at least as far as King Vidor’s Show People in 1928, and in the decades since they’ve comprised their own virtual subgenre. Movies and television series as disparate as Singin’ in the Rain, Sunset Boulevard, Mulholland Drive, Soapdish, Knight of Cups, S.O.B. and Entourage – along with hundreds if not thousands of others – are all linked by their self-reflexive (and, in the best cases, self-reflective) “Hollywood on Hollywood” approach to storytelling. The immensely entertaining new Freeform series Famous in Love contains echoes of all these works and explicitly comments on many of them, particularly in the case of Entourage (more on that later). But it’s far more than the sum of its influences; as the first truly ambitious Hollywood-on-Hollywood-style series to emerge at the peak of the social media age, it takes the traditions from which it draws in surprisingly fresh directions, using its milieu to comment not only on show business but on women and power in American society at large.”
– Jim Hemphill
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