That article OP posted does a great job at responding to some of these comments here.
[quote]Murphy's Netflix shows are so far disappointing. I liked parts of Hollywood, Ratched and this. But something is off. Not as good as his fx shows.
Ryan produced this but it's not at all his. The article relates this fact to the series.
[quote]And before you say, “But Ryan Murphy is only one key creative figure on Halston, along with frequent collaborator Ian Brennan, Sharr White and series director Daniel Minahan,” that’s what Halston is about as well — how when your name and your brand become intertwined, the credit for every success, however collaborative, goes to you, as does the blame for any failure.
Ratched, Hollywood and The Politician were much more products of his mind that he had his hands in deeply.
The Boys in the Band, however was nearly all Joe Mantello. The same applies here which is what I think people are picking up on. I'm sure he had input but I think it's clear where he probably threw his two cents in.
[quote]His earlier work and even his stuff before he got his Netflix deal was exciting. But this was boring.
I like that the article touched base on what people have been saying here, including me.
[quote]Halston is not as bizarrely conceived as Ratched or as maddeningly inconsistent (and finally bad) as The Politician, but it’s lacking enough in perspective and structure to make one wonder about the sort of creative nurturing the Ryan Murphy brand is getting at Netflix — and if he, like his version of Halston, isn’t starting to miss creating for the sake of art and the rave reviews.
It says a lot about what's going on right there. Halston is boring. Netflix isn't jumping in enough since the man needs to be controlled and nurtured.
Ryan Murphy can put out multiple shows in a rush and only one project of his on Netflix manages to get to and stay at #1 (Ratched.)
Shonda Rhimes can take years to put out one show and that one show manages to be the most watched in the history of Netflix.
The man needs to focus and do something himself in the style of his earlier works. It just seems like he's doing too much in too many places and not paying enough attention to whatever it is he's doing. Popular, early Nip/Tuck, early Glee and the first season of American Horror Story proved he has the chops but he also likely literally sat down, wrote those, managed them and nurtured them. That's what he needs to do because what he's doing now is wasting Netflix's money.
[quote]I’m resisting the urge to go out and buy a pack.
Stay strong R52.