Why Ryan Murphy's Feud Might be your Next Guilty Pleasure

If there is one thing that Hollywood loves to do is find ways to congratulate and reward itself. The record-breaking number of Oscar nominations for La La Land proves that point. Not so celebrated, but equally entertaining are stories about Hollywood’s inner workings, specifically, its scandals.

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Ryan Murphy, the award-winning creator of series like Glee, American Horror Story and The People vs O.J. Simpson is exploring new territory in an anthology series that centers on the much publicized feud between Hollywood Icons Bette Davis and Joan Crawford on the set of the Academy Award winning movie Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? The series, titled Feud, will chronicle the tumultuous relationship between these two stars and how their rivalry affected the production and the people around them.

FEUD -- Pictured: (right) Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford. CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX

Murphy has an impressive track record of creating shows that are highly entertaining with subject matter that many people consider to be their guilty pleasure. Feud is almost tailor-made to feed into that as well and here are a few reasons why.

It’s got an All-Star Cast

FEUD -- Pictured: Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis. CR: FX

The cast of Feud is remarkable. Not only does it include American Horror Story alums Kathy Bates (Misery), Sarah Paulson (12 Years A Slave) and the returning Jessica Lange (Grey Gardens) as Joan Crawford, but the new series adds new star power. Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking) as Bette Davis, Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games) as studio head Jack Warner, Judy Davis (Naked Lunch) as famed gossip columnist Hedda Hopper and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago) as actress Olivia de Havilland.

The feud was legendary

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This is a battle that has been written about for years. It is one of the most talked about old school Hollywood stories because it involves everything from sex to violence. It is no secret that both women loathed each other. Davis hated Crawford for constantly trying to upstage her. Crawford was jealous of Davis’ success. It was a minor miracle getting these two women to work together on film and their hatred was evident on-screen. The stories about how scenes had to be re-shot because the simulated violence on the screen failed to stay that way. Even minor incidents involving notes being spread on set and sending one another dead rats as fan mail are fodder for drama. Imagine seeing two legendary actresses like Lange and Sarandon bringing those moments to life.

Frankly, the most compelling reason to give Feud a look is that it’s all gloriously true.

Feud is set to debut on FX March 5, 2017.

Let us know what you think. Is Feud something you plan on checking out?

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