L.A. may lack the sort of sports-mascot-loving, city-flag-tattooing sense of civic pride you find in some other cities. But there’s one odd thing that Angelenos can seem to agree upon: worshipping at the billboard-sized altar of Angelyne.
The pink Corvette-driving local legend is best known for blanketing L.A. with revealing billboards in the ’80s that advertised, well, herself, with nothing more than her name, phone number and a titillating pose. And now, she’s finally getting her own TV show—sort of.
Emmy Rossum is portraying the billboard queen in Angelyne, a miniseries inspired by her life on NBCUniversal’s new streaming network Peacock. Check out the first trailer below, which consists mainly of people craning their necks upward and gawking open-mouthed at billboards.
“So, what are you advertising?” asks Martin Freeman in the teaser’s first scene. “Myself, of course,” Rossum answers in a spot-on Angelyne impression. It seems Rossum may have picked up some mannerisms from her time with the legend herself; the actor shared this picture of the two back in February along with the news that Angelyne would serve as an executive producer on the show.
Peacock launches widely on July 15, though there’s no release date yet for Angelyne other than sometime in 2020. In the meantime, if you don’t mind spoiling some of the intrigue, make sure to check out this wild 2017 story in The Hollywood Reporter that uncovers Angelyne’s backstory.
We’ll leave you with this Angelyne quote from the trailer: “I am a bright pink light here to inspire joy.” And boy are we glad to have that joy right now.
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