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The Princess of Hollywood
Genre Sitcom
Created by Valerie Walsh
Starring Laura Dern

Kelly Bishop

Dallas Roberts

Halston Sage

Emma Kenney

Geena Davis

Emma Thompson

Jane Fonda

Stellan Skarsgard

Bill Skarsgard

Timothee Chalamet

Opening Theme "Malora's Theme"
Location Los Angeles, CA
Country Of Origin United States of America
Number Of Episodes 170
Running Time 22 minutes
Original Channel: NBC
Original Air Date 25th September 2013 - January 28th 2021
Produced by NBC Television
Directed by Various
The Princess of Hollywood is an American television sitcom that airs on NBC. First aired on September 25th 2013, the series was created by Valerie Walsh and focuses on Hollywood actress Malora Wallace, played by Laura Dern, who is trying to revive her career after a 20-year hiatus due to her marriage to the heir to the Swedish throne.

The show also features an ensemble cast, including Wallace's assistant (Halston Sage), her teenage daughter (Emma Kenney), her neurotic best friend (Dallas Roberts) and her alcoholic mother (Kelly Bishop). Additional cast members over the series including Malora's ex-husband, Hans, King of Sweden, played by Stellan Skarsgard; Malora's manager, Rufus, played by Bradley Whitford; and Malora's godmother, Jane Fonda, played by herself. The cast also includes various recurring characters, including Emma Thompson, who plays the head of NBC throughout the show's run, Geena Davis plays Malora's rival Heather in season 1, before returning as a regular in season 5, and Bill Skarsgard recurs in the first three seasons as Hans II, the heir to Sweden's throne and Malora's eldest son. It has been announced that Timothée Chalamet would recur in season 7 as Malora's frequently-mentioned middle child, Antoni. It has also been announced that the series' mockumentary style will be directly addressed in the final season.

The series is presented in mockumentary style, with characters frequently breaking the fourth wall.

The series premiered its seventh season on September 25th 2019. Shortly after, NBC announced an early renewal for the series, confirming a shortened 16-episode eighth season would air during the 2020/21 television season and would serve as a conclusion to the series. By the series finale, the show will have aired 170 episodes.

Over its first four seasons, The Princess of Hollywood was critically acclaimed, but the show became less critically appealing as it progressed. The show won Outstanding Comedy Series at the Emmys in 2014 and 2015, with Laura Dern earning the Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy Series trophy in 2014 and 2016, with Kelly Bishop earning an award in the supporting category in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The series has continued to be nominated throughout its run, but has failed to win since its third season.

Premise

The Princess of Hollywood revolves around Malora Wallace, who until recently was the Princess of Sweden. Before marrying the Hans, the heir apparent of the Swedish Throne in 1989, Malora was a high-profile A-list Hollywood actress. She left the spotlight in Los Angeles to raise the future king of Sweden in Stockholm, however in 2013, just weeks after the death of her father-in-law, her now-reigning husband files for divorce in order to marry his mistress, the Swiss princess, The Duchess of Geneva. Fleeing back to Los Angeles with her tail between her legs and her aspiring-actress daughter in tow, Malora returns to her childhood home in Beverly Hills and tries to reconstruct the career and friendships she threw away over 20 years earlier.

Cast

Main

  • Laura Dern as Malora Wallace, a formerly-royal recent divorcée who tries to revitalise her broken Hollywood career.
  • Kelly Bishop as Helen Wallace, Malora's alcoholic socialite mother, who managed her career as a child star in the 1970s. She is notoriously a black widow in Hollywood, having been married and widowed 8 times, although she staunchly denies any involvement in their deaths. (Main season 1 - 3, 5 - 8, recurring season 4)
  • Halston Sage as Becky Saunders, an aspiring screenwriter who snaps up the job as Malora's assistant just days after moving from Sacramento. She eventually becomes a successful screenwriter and helps with Malora's plot to win an Academy Award before her 50th birthday. (Main season 1 - 4, recurring season 5 - 8)
  • Emma Kenney as Anna Svensson, Malora's teenage daughter who wants to be an actress and moves to Los Angeles with her mother after her parent's divorce. She idolises her grandmother, who she tries to convince to launch her career like she did for Malora in the 1970s.
  • Dallas Roberts as Benjamin St Clair, a flamboyant Hollywood actor and Malora's best friend, he welcomes her back with open arms but is reluctant to be seen in public with her.
  • Geena Davis as Heather Monroe, Malora's former rival-turned-frenemy, the pair starred opposite one another in many films during the late 1980s, while Heather maintained an award-winning career, she continued to be jealous of Malora's marriage. She eventually befriends Malora and they begin working on a movie together, (recurring season 1, main season 5 - 8)

Recurring

  • Stellan Skarsgard as Hans, King of Sweden, he is Malora's ex-husband and Anna's father. He tries to make frequent contact with Anna in order to convince her to return to Stockholm and officially become a Swedish princess. He also is ordered by law to support Malora financially. (seasons 2 - 4, 6 - 8)
  • Bill Skarsgard as Hans II, Prince of Sweden, Malora's eldest child and the heir to the Swedish throne, he visits his mother on various occasions, usually to inform her of news, such as his wedding and the birth of his first child. He pities his mother and is a harsh critic of his father. (seasons 1 - 3)
  • Emma Thompson as Patricia White, the head of NBC television.
  • Bradley Whitford as Tom Backcrack, Malora's manager.
  • Timothée Chalamet as Antoni Svensson, Malora and Hans second son, who has refused royal titles and lives as a novelist and pianist in Italy, until one of his books is optioned for a movie and he relocates to Los Angeles, where he reluctantly reconnects with his mother and sister. (season 7 - 8)
  • Jane Fonda as herself, a close friend of Helen and Malora's godmother. She oversees Malora's behaviour while Helen is in rehab, and then frequents visits more often thereafter. (seasons 4 - 8)

Episodes

Season 1

Season 1 of The Princess of Hollywood premiered on September 25th 2013 and ran for 22 episodes.

Episode Title Synopsis Airdate
1 Pilot Malora Wallace arrives in Los Angeles with her daughter for the first time in nearly 20 years. September 25th 2013
2 The First Audition Malora reconciles with her old manager and has an audition for a soap opera at NBC. October 2nd 2013
3 My Daughter's An Actress! Malora enters an existential crisis when Anna informs her that she wants to be an actress. October 9th 2013
4 The Assistant's Script Malora discovers her assistant is a screenwriter. Anna and Helen attempt to bond. October 16th 2013
5 Joker Pants Benjamin buys Helen a pair of joker pants for her birthday, but she takes them seriously and wears them to a public function, leading to a PR disaster. October 23rd 2013
6 Hollywood Halloween Spooktacular Helen decides to throw a Halloween party, much to Malora's dismay. Malora discovers Heather Monroe is moving back to Los Angele after doing Broadway for 2 years. October 30th 2013
7 The Dinner Party Malora is surprised when she's invited to one of Heather Monroe's infamous dinner parties. But she's left red-faced when she learns the invite was in fact for Helen. November 6th 2013
8 Mr and Mrs Swedish America 2013 Tom books Malora as a judge for the Mr and Mrs Swedish America pagent, and Malora learns how little she learnt about Swedish culture during her time there. November 13th 2013
9 Thanks for What? Helen organises a thanksgiving dinner, but with Malora's career struggling, she's less than thankful. November 20th 2013
10 The End of the World as Malora Knows It Tom threatens to drop Malora as a client unless she agrees to do a nude scene in a new movie by an infamously-perverted director. Helen agrees to become Anna's manager. November 27th 2013
11 No Thanks, Anna Svensson Anna's first audition results in a rejection, but a stroke of luck leads her to be cast on a midseason pilot instead. Malora discovers that her daughter's income is higher than her own. December 4th 2013
12 Beverly Hills 9021-No! With Christmas around the corner, Anna is hard at work learning her lines for her upcoming pilot, while Malora is solidly unemployed. December 11th 2013
13 New Malora's Resolutions Malora is offered a part in a major franchise movie, and on her first day on set, she decides a major overhaul of her diva personality is in order. Meanwhile, Anna and Helen attend Anna's first day on set of her new show. February 5th 2014
14 Valentine's Dinner Malora agrees to a date with the director of her new film, completely unaware that he's engaged to Heather Monroe. February 12th 2014
15 Son of a Who? Part 1 Malora's eldest son arrives in town to announce his engagement. February 19th 2014
16 Son of a Who? Part 2 Malora struggles to come to terms with the fact that her ex-husband has banned her from re-entering Sweden for their son's wedding. February 26th 2014
17 Not Today Becky takes Malora on a road trip to her grandmother's funeral in Sacramento. March 26th 2014
18 Helen's Hunt Helen learns that the ashes of actor Edmund Turner are being auctioned secretly at a Beverly Hills hotel, so she uses Anna's connections to find out where. April 2nd 2014
19 The Lost Jane Fonda Workout Malora finds an unpublished Jane Fonda workout VHS featuring her mother, and learns that selling it may earn her a pretty penny. April 9th 2014
20 Nice Try, Wise Guy Hans II returns to Los Angeles with good news for his mother's financial future. April 16th 2014
21 Everything's Coming Up Malora Part 1 Malora gets cast as the lead in a new NBC drama, but there's a catch. April 30th 2014
22 Everything's Coming Up Malora Part 2 Malora agrees to rehire Tom as her manager, but Heather Monroe may be in the way of her future successes. May 7th 2014

Season 2

Season 2 of The Princess of Hollywood premiered on NBC on September 24th 2014 and ran for 22 episodes.

Episode Title Synopsis Airdate
1 Head Malora has a meeting with the head of NBC with hopes of reviving the failed pilot for her new TV series. September 24th 2014
2 The Last Person Malora Needs Right Now Part 1 Malora's struggle is made worse with the arrival of Hans Senior, her ex-husband, who's in town after a state visit to spend time with his estranged daughter. October 1st 2014
3 The Last Person Malora Needs Right Now Part 2 Malora is shellshocked after Hans tries to take Anna back to Sweden, so Helen and Becky step up to help. October 8th 2014
4 Helen's Sister Helen's elder sister visits from rural Ohio, and Malora learns about the vast differences between her mother and her aunt's childhoods. October 15th 2014
5 The Missing Script Becky's promising script goes missing, leading to a mass hunt of the mansion. October 22nd 2014
6 Horror Movie Benjamin is cast in a remake of a classic horror film, which leads Helen to think she can cash in on Malora's iconic role in an 80s slasher movie. October 29th 2014
7 The Controversy Helen gets tipped off that Anna has accidentally revealed one of Malora's deepest secrets during a press junket and tries to cover it up while Becky distracts Malora with a trip to a comedy club in downtown LA. November 5th 2014
8 Miss Congeniality 1985 Malora decides to face the public after its revealed she participated in a drag queen pageant without being clocked in 1985. November 12th 2014
9 Helen's Sixth Husband Helen discovers her sixth husband faked his death and has returned to Los Angeles seeking a divorce. November 19th 2014
10 The Court Room Show Helen takes Roderick to court, via a TV show hosted by one of Helen's oldest friends, leading to a messy confrontation. November 26th 2014
11 Okay, This Time It's Real Helen receives her inheritance after Roderick dies for real, live on TV. But Roderick's new fiancée arrives in LA seeking damages. December 3rd 2014
12 Done Time Becky picks Helen up from prison, and Helen finds out from Anna that Malora has been AWOL since Christmas. February 11th 2015
13 Trailer Park Queen Helen tracks Malora down to a trailer park in North LA. Becky tries to handle Malora's new boss. Anna is offered a role in a major movie franchise's latest instalment. Benjamin contemplates a face lift. February 18th 2015
14 Botched Benjamin Part 1 Benjamin's face lift has gone wrong, so Malora rushes to the hospital to see whether he'll survive or not. February 25th 2015
15 Botched Benjamin Part 2 Benjamin struggles to come to terms with the botched face lift. Helen sees Benjamin's struggle as a chance to make some money. March 4th 2015
16 Baby Back Malora finds out she's become a grandmother when Hans II returns to Los Angeles with his newborn son. March 25th 2015
17 Malora's Mental Breakdown Malora struggles to come to terms with the fact she is now a grandmother. Anna decides to relocate to Italy for the summer. Helen decides to have a seance to reassure her that all her husbands are actually dead. April 2nd 2015
18 The Seance Helen seeks answers about her past, future and present from a psychic. April 9th 2015
19 Becky's Break An acclaimed director acquires Becky's script to be produced by a major big-budget production company, to Malora's excitement. April 16th 2015
20 Another Life Malora imagines what her life would be like if she never moved to Sweden. April 23rd 2015
21 On Location Malora must decide between starring in Becky's big movie or chaperoning Anna in Italy, choosing one clearly destroying the other part of her life. April 30th 2015
22 Decisions Anna disowns her mother after her decision to remain in America and star in Becky's movie. Helen finds herself back in police custody after a misunderstanding at a jewellery store. May 7th 2015
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