Hopeless auditions. Sleazy agents. Chance meetings with Hollywood heavyweights. It’s all part of day-to-day life for the struggling actor in Los Angeles — and the setting for the new series, UNSCRIPTED.
Chances are, you’ve missed the show. Seems no one is watching, which is why TvGasm was compelled to share this hidden gem on a tiny little cable station called HBO. It is not as shiny, polished or scripted as Entourage and it is in the realistic feel of Unscripted, that the hilarity lies.
George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh executive produce this mockumentary style comedy with heart. The show follows the professional lives of three actors each struggling to make their mark in Hollywood.
Clooney’s and Soderbergh’s reach is far and wide, in the first 2 hours of the show, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jerry Van Dyke, Gary Marshall, the cast of ER, Hank Azaria, Richard Kind and Sam Mendes have all donated their talent and time to help Clooney’s show succeed. This is indicative of the quality of show that you people are missing.
UNSCRIPTED is a half-hour comedy series that blends improvisation and real incidents to tell the tale of three promising young actors as they navigate the rough waters of show business. Having just aired its third episode, the series seems to avoid the sex and drug clichés and focus more on the humanity, perseverance and overall struggle of the average Hollywood actor. “The truth of the matter is less than five percent of our union makes all the money,” Clooney says. “And that’s just the people in the union. There are so many actors that get up every morning and — forget getting a job — they try to get an agent. Or an audition. We’re trying to show what it is that we do. It’s completely unlike the way it’s usually portrayed.”
As its name implies, UNSCRIPTED features no written lines of dialogue. The cast members improvise their lines in situations based on their own experiences and those of the show’s creators. There are no rehearsals, no retakes and no reshoots. The result is a dry-humored insider’s look at what it takes to make it big — or at least make a living — in Hollywood.
UNSCRIPTED stars Krista Allen, Bryan Greenberg and Jennifer Hall, essentially playing themselves as struggling actors. Stage and screen veteran Frank Langella co-stars as Goddard Fulton, a noted actor who leads them in an acting workshop at Los Angeles’ fabled Tamarind Theater.
Throughout the ten-episode series, Krista, Bryan and Jennifer appear in real-life situations, including a maze of offices and real film productions, crossing paths with real-life Hollywood stars and directors. From humiliating jobs and padded resumes to professional breakthroughs, UNSCRIPTED offers a revealing look at the sometimes raucous, often disillusioning world of the struggling actor.
Normally, the Gasm wouldn’t gush over a show. But having so many actor friends as well as a divine respect for hysterical and true storylines, I felt a sense of obligation to encourage the viewing of this show. New episodes air Sunday nights at 10pm on HBO.
If you have any hidden shows you love, and you fear no one is watching, let us know about it at firstname.lastname@example.org and it could be the topic in a future Gasm post.