On the heels of last year’s grand success of The Queen’s Gambit, Netflix is returning to the limited-series well in 2021 with Halston. The show, a five-part series executive produced by and starring Ewan McGregor as the titular designer, focuses on the rise and fall of a designer who’s work, for a time, defined luxury, fame, and status; his famous clients included actresses like Liza Minelli, who is also a character in the show (played by Krysta Rodriguez).
Based on the book Simply Halston: The Untold Story by Steven S. Gaines, Halston comes to Netflix as yet another entry from super-producer Ryan Murphy’s $ 300 deal with Netflix.
In the show’s five episodes, it explores how the man born Roy Halston Frowick eventually rose himself in status and fame to the point where he went by one single name—Halston—and to the point where his brand, and the name itself, became the most valuable thing about him.
It’s worth noting, for accuracy purposes, that the official Halston Archives and Family have distanced themselves from the Netflix series, noting its inaccuracy. “The HALSTON Archives and Family were not consulted on the upcoming Netflix series involving an inaccurate, fictionalized account of famed fashion designer, “Halston,”” the statement reads. “The HALSTON Archives remains the only definitive and comprehensive source on the man and his legacy as the personally appointed custodian of his private papers and effects.”
There won’t be a Season 2 of Netflix’s Halston.
From the start, Halston was billed as a “limited series” (the series was first announced back in January 2019). This does mean that the intention, really, is for the show to be a one-and-done.
Now, it’s true that something being initially billed as a “limited series” doesn’t always mean that it’s definitely going to be limited to just one season; the most famous example of this in recent memory is HBO’s Big Little Lies, which returned for a second go-around following it’s widely-loved first season.
That’s a different scenario than what Netflix has here with Halston, though, as Big Little Lies is a fictional story, and Halston is telling the story—and adapting a biography—of a real person. And Halston tells that entire story in its five episodes.
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