The first installment of FX’s new anthology series “Feud: Bette and Joan” has been a cinematic exploration into the infamous filming of the movie “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” It’s a journey not just into the psyches and rivalry of its stars, Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange), but a look at life as a woman in Hollywood, then and now.
But amid all the backstabbing and boozing of the series’ two main broads, a number of supporting characters are standing out as well, creating a rich world that’s reflective of a time locked in many people’s imaginations as The Golden Era of Hollywood.
Two characters who caught our eye once again in “More or Less” (Mar. 26) were Pauline Jameson (Alison Wright) — right-hand woman to director Robert Aldrich (Alfred Molina) — and Mamacita (Jackie Hoffman), housekeeper and confidant to Joan Crawford. As they sat across the table from each other at lunch discussing the bigger picture of women in Hollywood, we couldn’t help but wonder, could this be the beginning of a beautiful new friendship? What would happen if these two became actual friends? Do we smell a hit spin-off? Here’s our pitch:
Title: Right Hand Women
Logline: Determined to make their mark in Hollywood, outside of being someone else’s right hand (wo)man, and with the numbers on their side, Pauline Jameson and Mamacita set out to conquer the boys club that is Tinsel Town in the 1970’s. Armed with a hot new script penned by Pauline and recent census trends about changing gender dynamics put together by Mamacita, plus some of the best connections in the biz, they’ll put it all out on the line in hopes of becoming Hollywood’s next power team.
“Feud” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX. “Right Hand Women” is still waiting for a pilot pick up.