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Executive-produced by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney (Ocean's 11, Ocean's 12), UNSCRIPTED is an innovative half-hour comedy series that fuses reality and fiction to chronicle the lives of three struggling young actors as they navigate the rough waters of show business. Starring Krista Allen, Bryan Greenberg and Jennifer Hall, essentially playing themselves, and co-starring screen veteran Frank Langella as Goddard Fulton, a noted actor who leads them in an acting workshop at Los Angeles' fabled Tamarind Theater, UNSCRIPTED offers a revealing look at the sometimes raucous, often disillusioning world of the fledgling actor.]]>
Unscripted is to cable TV as A Chorus Line is to Broadway: a look at the performers in the smaller roles. Produced by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney (who also directs), the HBO comedy follows the trials and tribulations of three real-life actors, Krista Allen, Jennifer Hall, and Bryan Greenberg. The 10-part series isn't documentary, soap opera, or sitcom, but a combination of the three. It's up to the viewer to figure out where one ends and the other begins. Complicating matters is the character of Goddard Fulton (Frank Langella, Good Night, and Good Luck), an acting coach--and celebrated lothario--trying to help these young thespians step up their game.
In the pilot, Allen stops by The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn to talk about her latest role: tequila spokesmodel. It may not be acting, but she has a son to support and it's an improvement on her softcore Emmanuelle past. In the same episode, Greenberg has a walk-on on ER and Hall has a stand-in on The George Lopez Show. In subsequent episodes, Allen guests on Jake in Progress and Hall does stand-in and background work on Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Constantine. Greenberg hits the greatest heights when a recurring role on One Tree Hill leads to a starring role in Prime--opposite Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep. All go to humiliating auditions for parts they don't get.
As expected from a Clooney/Soderbergh production, stars abound, including Noah Wylie, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Hank Azaria, Keanu Reeves, and Sam Rockwell (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which featured Allen and Hall). Like improvised predecessor Curb Your Enthusiasm, most play themselves. Despite greater critical acclaim, Unscripted, like K Street before it, was not renewed for a second season. It deserved better. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Absolutely loved this show when it aired. Sad to see it only garnered one season. It ended well though, tied up loose ends, allowed the viewer to decide for themselves what the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by E+1
If you are or planning on becoming an actor there are some great pointers in this box! Loved it :) They have really captured the life of actors in LA i think.Published 9 months ago by Caroline
I heard Frank Langella praise his experience in this series and was pleased to see it can be picked up for a song. Read morePublished 17 months ago by But Seriously
I bought it because I love Krista Allen, and here we can get to know her a little bit more. The show's intention is to mix reality and fiction, and I think they were successful in... Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by Izilda Aparecida Gennari
As a fellow actor who was going through rough times, this show inspired me that no matter how bad things are, you are an artist at heart and if you really love your craft, you'll... Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by KimmyK
I no longer live in LA, but this shows put right me back there--both for good and for ill. Sadly, I have never met anyone in the "real world" who has seen this show, but then I... Read morePublished on June 19, 2012 by Peter Schmidt
The back of the DVD case says 16 to 9 aspect ratio, yet it plays on my widescreen TV in old style 4 to 3, with a 16 by 9 widescreen image within this frame. Read morePublished on February 20, 2010 by E. Johnson
For all those budding actors out there, thinking they can make it, they should watch this series based in LA, which displays the reality of auditions, acting classes and hopes and... Read morePublished on September 6, 2009 by D. Graham