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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
9 January 2005 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Hollywood. From the bottom up.
Plot:
Three young actors try to make it big in Hollywood. Full summary »
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The business of acting has never been given a treatment so insightful and entertaining – the only flaw here is that the show is too short See more (17 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 39)

Krista Allen ... Herself (10 episodes, 2005)

Bryan Greenberg ... Himself (10 episodes, 2005)

Jennifer Hall ... Herself (10 episodes, 2005)

Frank Langella ... Goddard Fulton (10 episodes, 2005)
Nick Paonessa ... Nick (10 episodes, 2005)

Erik Weiner ... Dragon (10 episodes, 2005)

Diane Baker ... Diane (5 episodes, 2005)
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Series Directed by
George Clooney (5 episodes, 2005)
Grant Heslov (5 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Produced by
Matt Adler .... co-executive producer (10 episodes, 2005)
George Clooney .... executive producer (10 episodes, 2005)
Grant Heslov .... executive producer (10 episodes, 2005)
Tommy Hinkley .... associate producer (10 episodes, 2005)
Steven Soderbergh .... executive producer (10 episodes, 2005)
Michael Hissrich .... line producer / producer (5 episodes, 2005)
Joanne Toll .... producer (5 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Cinematography by
Tom Inskeep (10 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Film Editing by
Chris Figler (5 episodes, 2005)
James Haygood (5 episodes, 2005)
Kristofer Lindquist (5 episodes, 2005)

Rob Seidenglanz (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Amanda Mackey Johnson (10 episodes, 2005)
Cathy Sandrich (10 episodes, 2005)
Brooks Utley (10 episodes, 2005)
Wendy Weidman (10 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Costume Design by
Melinda Eshelman (5 episodes, 2005)
Florence Kemper (5 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Makeup Department
Jeffrey Fetzer .... makeup artist (1 episode, 2005)
 
Series Production Management
Peter Phillips .... post-production supervisor (10 episodes, 2005)
Adam Brown .... post-production supervisor (5 episodes, 2005)
Michael Hissrich .... unit production manager (5 episodes, 2005)
Stephen Lim .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael A. Allowitz .... first assistant director (10 episodes, 2005)
Susie Balaban .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 2005)
Anna E. Hayward .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Art Department
Brian Bull .... property master (5 episodes, 2005)
Charles Grimm .... property master (5 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Sound Department
Rick Norman .... sound re-recording mixer (10 episodes, 2005)
Dennis Towns .... sound mixer (10 episodes, 2005)
Javier M. Hernández .... boom operator (5 episodes, 2005)
Chuck Homyak .... boom operator (5 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Stunts
Gary Jensen .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 2005)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Choi .... camera operator (10 episodes, 2005)
Stephen Dickter .... second assistant camera (10 episodes, 2005)
Gabriel Goodenough .... camera operator / first assistant camera (10 episodes, 2005)

Scott Carrithers .... jib operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Farrah Fox-Collis .... casting associate (5 episodes, 2005)

Rich King .... extras casting (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kina Crow .... costume supervisor (5 episodes, 2005)
Heather Pain .... costume supervisor (5 episodes, 2005)
Ryck Schmidt .... costumer (5 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Editorial Department
Michael Zurer .... first assistant editor / assistant editor (10 episodes, 2005)
George Manno .... colorist (9 episodes, 2005)
James Mastracco .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2005)
Tom Beltier .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 2005)
Chris Figler .... additional editor / additional editing (5 episodes, 2005)
Joe Guzman .... post-production coordinator (5 episodes, 2005)
Rob Seidenglanz .... additional editor / additional editing (5 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Music Department
Dondi Bastone .... music supervisor (6 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Transportation Department
Wallace Frick .... production driver (5 episodes, 2005)
Gary Hellerstein .... transportation coordinator (5 episodes, 2005)
Leroy Hull .... production driver (5 episodes, 2005)
Ron Poniewaz Jr. .... transportation coordinator (5 episodes, 2005)
Ron Poniewaz .... transportation coordinator (5 episodes, 2005)
Mike Shannon .... production driver (5 episodes, 2005)
Rodrigo Dorame .... production driver (4 episodes, 2005)
Floyd Negrete .... production driver (4 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Other crew
Maegen Cadena .... key production assistant / production assistant (10 episodes, 2005)
Herb Johnson .... production accountant (10 episodes, 2005)
Chris Munday .... location manager (10 episodes, 2005)
Mark Taylor .... production executive (10 episodes, 2005)
Nicole Widmyer .... production coordinator (10 episodes, 2005)
Wendy Dallas .... script supervisor (5 episodes, 2005)
Tara Duncan .... assistant to director (5 episodes, 2005)
Amy Jensen .... assistant to executive producer / assistant: Mr. Heslov (5 episodes, 2005)
Ben Miller .... production assistant (5 episodes, 2005)
Ann Murphy .... assistant location manager (5 episodes, 2005)
Kelly Nass .... assistant production coordinator (5 episodes, 2005)
Diane H. Newman .... script supervisor (5 episodes, 2005)
Carrie Ringler .... production assistant (5 episodes, 2005)
Andy Tyler .... assistant location manager (5 episodes, 2005)
Bill Watterson .... production assistant (5 episodes, 2005)
Adam White .... production assistant (5 episodes, 2005)
Marnice Wolfe .... production accountant (5 episodes, 2005)
Teena Garcia .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2005)
Mark Kamine .... location manager: New York (4 episodes, 2005)
Justin Ambrosino .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2005)

Lucas Moore .... studio teacher (unknown episodes)
Emily Rice .... post-production accountant (unknown episodes)
 

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The business of acting has never been given a treatment so insightful and entertaining – the only flaw here is that the show is too short, 4 March 2006
Author: liquidcelluloid-1 from www.liquidcelluloid.blog.com

Network: HBO; Genre: Comedy, Docudrama; Content Rating: TV-MA (profanity, mild simulated sex); Available: DVD; Perspective: Cult Classic (star range: 1 - 5);

Seasons Reviewed: Complete Series (1 season)

George Clooney and Stephen Soderburg's Section Eight production company hits a home run on just their second try. "Unscripted" follows in the reality-bending mold of their faux political docudrama "K Street": real people play themselves improvising in fictional situations shot around real events and injected with other actors playing characters. Got all that? "Unscripted" takes this neo-classic format and gives us three people at the center of it that are so endearing, they take it to the next level. What was before just a technical feat to be admired in "K Street", is now an emotionally wadded experience to be loved in "Unscripted".

"Unscripted", in every frame, is about stars Krista Allen, Bryan Greenburg, and Jennifer Hall. It captures the plight of a young, idealistic actor struggling to make it in this bizarre world of Hollywood with more insight and empathy than any other show. The Hollywood of "Unscripted" isn't glamorous, where the burning desire to act goes hand-in-hand with a daily gauntlet of humiliation.

To make sense of it all is Goodard Fulton (Frank Langella), the hard-nosed acting school teacher, defining pretension, whose many priceless monologues about every high and low of the soul-consuming "craft" of acting serves as a sort of narrated tour guide to keep his students surviving the Hollywood machine. He tells his students the only way they will be able to do this will be if they "can't not do it".

Bryan Greenburg looks like he is on the fast track to stardom. Having a brush with fame on "One Tree Hill" and "Life with Bonnie", he later lands a starring role and a trip to New York in the Meryl Streep/ Uma Thurman movie "Prime". At the coaxing of his roommates he pads his resume and uses his daily life as a training ground to immerse himself in a limping, stuttering character for a role. But what happens to those friends if Greenburg hits it big?

"She's just so green" says a casting agent about Jennifer Hall. The adorable singer/songwriter of her 2-chick band Black Liquorish, Jennifer's credits include a line on "Yes, Dear", a brush with Keanu Reeves as a "featured extra" and playing the statue of liberty on the corner of Liberty Car Wash with more gusto then you can imagine anyone else in the world doing.

The biggest revelation here is Krista Allen, whose storyline involves a quest to become a real actress despite the reputation of being in "Emmanuelle" ("the James Bond of soft core movies") hanging over her head. There is a sitcom element to the stories of Greenburg and Hall, but watching Krista Allen I became completely convinced I was seeing a documentary - to the point where you have to step back and remember that Allen is playing herself, not being herself. Allen is subject to some particularly stinging humiliation, which results in her taking a role in a 16-year-old's backyard film. While much of this is motivated by the chance to strike back at a Hollywood that won't take her as anything other than a sex object in a 2-piece (the men around her are shown to be pretty creepy), Allen's "character" is a dichotomy that doesn't see using her sex appeal (which includes an affair with Goddard) to get what she wants as undermining her mission. A series highlight is when an enraged Allen tells off a casting director who told her 6-year-old son that he was "not funny". Krista should be proud of this show. This is great work by any standard.

Other actors and would-be actors in Frank's acting class include "Tru Calling's" Jessica Collins, Jennifer's increasingly close friend "Dragon" who fights actor outsourcing ("Why did 'Lost in Translation' have to take place in Japan", he asks), and Nick Paonessa who steals Bryan's contacts and accidentally finds himself in a genital warts commercial - a bit that on any other show would be purely sitcom stuff, but here is so well played it gets the biggest laughs of the series. If anything "Unscripted" recalls the UK masterpiece "The Office", a show that finds laughs in total humiliation and refuses to allow its characters a victory until the last possible second.

George Clooney (who has proved his classic directorial skills on the big screen) directs the first 5 episodes and Clooney regular Grant Helslov, picks up the last 5. They do one hell of a dynamite job. Each episode is constructed masterfully with an assemblage of audio and video that looks like a documentary and doesn't feel linear. It is a sitcom for people who hate sitcoms. You might call it organized chaos, which at first might not look like it knows where it is going and then brings itself into focus. Where "Street" was foggy, aimless, distant and pretentious, "Unscripted" is sharp, clear, thoughtful, fluid and heart-felt.

"Inside Hollywood" shows are a dime a dozen, particularly on HBO. From the scripted wish-fulfillment series "Entourage" to the day-to-day documentary "Project Greenlight" to the celebrity behind-the-scenes cameos of "Curb Your Enthusiasm". "Unscripted" is the best. The best. The only flaw here is that it didn't last long enough to really flesh itself out. I watched the 10 episodes slowly, trying to savor everything, not wanting it to end as soon as it does. The mind wonders what a few more years of Goddard speeches would be like.

It is the rarest show that you don't just enjoy watching every episode, but instantly want to watch them again. That, and a desire to know what is happening with the "characters" after the show was cut to an end, is about as high a compliment as you can give a series.

* * * * ½ / 5

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