WestsideLatest News and Opinion
Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 10:34PM EST
Netflix's Westside is a mess of a reality show that's fascinating to watch
The reality show that follows aspiring musicians trying to make it in Hollywood is an "uneven, jumbled, occasionally alluring Frankenstein of a show, a mishmash of The Hills-style reality TV drama, a Behind the Music-style making-of documentary, and a classic narrative musical," says Kathryn VanArendonk. "That combination frequently turns into something incoherent, a skidding, lurching story that aims for both grit and gloss and ends up looking like a simulacrum of both. Yet Westside is curiously fascinating as a largely failed experiment that, very briefly, coalesces into something that suddenly really works." She adds: "Westside gets credit for trying a new thing, for its stab at being more than a cookie-cutter replica of American Idol or MTV’s Real World. I still don’t know if the effort was worth it, but I’m not mad at it for having made the attempt." ALSO: Westside sands down anything distinctive and dangerous.
Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Netflix drops the trailer for music docuseries Westside
Premiering Nov. 9, Westside follows nine aspiring performers as they try to establish a career in Hollywood. The docuseries is a mixture of American Idol and The Real World.
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Netflix orders three new unscripted series: The Fix, Westside and Sugar Rush
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
On The Fix, British comedian Jimmy Carr will be joined by "permanent team captains" D.L. Hughley and Katherine Ryan as they host guest comics and experts who attempt to solve the world's problems. Westside will follow musicians in Los Angeles as they try to make it in the music business while working together on an original performance. And Sugar Rush will challenge bakers to create treats in a limited amount of time.