I am enjoying this show as well. From the animated open titles, to the performances of the lead actresses that alternated each week with who gets top billing. Susan Sarandon is crushing it every week; she is the embodiment of Bette Davis. Of course there are embellishments, Jack Warner was a cretin, stabbed his brothers in the back when the studio was sold, but he was never as smart as they were.
Historically, Ryan Murphy and others had done their homework, was an accurate depiction of the last days of the studio system, Warner Bros. was the only studio that embraced television by putting their name on their product, and made a fortune, while their feature films struggled. They were also were about to give up control of their theaters, which a lot of them were sold in 1962.
Bette Davis and James Cagney took on Jack Warner and bested him in the 30’s and 40’s, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, would not only revive both Bette Davis and Joan Crawford’s careers by making them horror icons in the 1960’s but extended their careers until the end of their lives. The FX Channel has again has done quality work, can’t wait for Fargo season 3.
I also like the way they take on age discrimination head on in this piece with each woman manipulating director Robert Aldrich still using their feminine powers that made them great movie stars in the first place.
I hope this is an ongoing series so that season two would focus on Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, or Abbott and Costello, that would be great.