Project Greenlight: Season 4 (2015)

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Project Greenlight makes a welcome return, retaining many of the qualities that helped make it a reality TV favorite.

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Critic Ratings: 17

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Air date: Sep 13, 2015

HBO's Project Greenlight is a reality TV series that documents the results of a screenwriting contest. The winner was supposed to get one million dollars from Miramax to produce a film. The first episode begins with executive producers Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Chris Moore (Good Will Hunting, American Pie) explaining how the contest works, and what inspired them to create it. "It's something that we wish was around when we were trying to sell our script [for Good Will Hunting]," says Damon. The process through which over 10,000 scripts were pared down to only ten is detailed. Moore is shown calling these ten writers to tell them that they'll each be sent equipment to shoot one scene from their script. These contestants send in their scenes and are flown to L.A. for a screening where the three finalists will be announced. The judges, including Affleck, Damon, Moore, and four Miramax executives, are shown discussing the relative merits of the contestants as screenwriters and directors. The contestants arrive at the screening in their limos, and are swarmed by the press. At the end of the event, Affleck and Damon hem and haw nervously before announcing the finalists, while the ten contestants agonize over each second. The finalists -- Pete Jones, Brendan Murphy, and the team of Evan Katz and Barron Ebenstein -- then have to answer questions from the jury about potential problems with their scripts. The jury deliberates for hours. Damon argues passionately for Murphy's challenging script, but Moore thinks Jones tells a better story. Still unable to decide, they call Jones and Murphy back for one more interview. Jones makes his case more passionately and is declared the winner. He makes a staged "surprise" appearance on The Tonight Show with Affleck to announce it to the world.

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Air date: Sep 20, 2015

Production is two months away, but Effie, Marc and Len sing the praises of shooting digitally to Jason as a way of staying on schedule and under budget. Meanwhile, Jason pitches his own script for a dark comedy called "The Leisure Class."

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Air date: Sep 27, 2015

Key production staff roles are filled, so Effie asks the location manager to scout mansions in the Los Angeles area, but Jason doesn't think any of them match his vision. Meanwhile, Jason continues to resist shooting digitally, which causes friction between Effie and Peter Farrelly.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2015

The Farrellys rethink their roles in the project in the wake of Peter's clash with Effie, who is disappointed when Jason takes his concerns directly to Ben. Meanwhile, the search for an ideal location creates unnecessary drama; and the cast gathers for a table read in the final days of pre-production.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2015

Jason's ready to take charge as production begins, but Effie's shooting schedule presents problems when it comes to the director's penchant for perfectionism. Meanwhile, Len makes his first visit to the set and is met with the crew's concerns about a lack of communication; and time is ticking on the deadline to get the signatures required to legally shoot at night.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2015

A wedding-rehearsal dinner filmed at dusk is expected to be the most expensive shoot so far. Also: Len is skeptical of Jason's vision for a car-crash scene, but Effie works hard to find a way to make it happen.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2015

Jason maps out logistics for the car-crash scene with a stunt coordinator after finally selecting a location to film it. Later, Jason is encouraged by a surprise visitor to the set as he and the crew hurry to finish shooting before sunrise.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2015

Filming is wrapped in the Season 4 finale, but Ben suggests that Jason show his director's cut to a test audience, and though Jason's irked by some of the feedback, he works overtime with the editor to have the final cut ready for the red-carpet premiere at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

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Critic Reviews for Project Greenlight Season 4

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (11)

It's as fascinating -- and infuriating -- as ever, inadvertently illustrating the obstacles facing women and minorities in Hollywood.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

A primer on reality TV's best quality: the way that it can capture unspeakably complex human relationships in all their unspeakable complexity.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…
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In 2015, it turns out, the charms of Greenlight are just what they were in 2005. Lots of stressed-out people... starring, through bleary and caffeine-blasted eyes, at phones for news that in an instant could change their lives.

Sep 14, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

From the start, this 2015 Project Greenlight is both educational and completely entertaining. This is a show that was more than worth reviving.

Sep 11, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Project Greenlight is a worthwhile television show. Like any compelling narrative, it has clear characters with strong wants and a comprehensible environment with appropriate obstacles.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

The season ends, and considering how badly it has navigated tricky racial issues, probably none too soon.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

It was addictive then, and it's addictive now, as the series returns after a decade-long hiatus.

Sep 10, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

[It] lacks the visual flair and polish of The Chair but it's people-talking-about-making-a-movie-in-drab-offices vibe is similar. Project Greenlight is more focused and that streamlined approach continues to make it the superior movie-making docuseries.

Sep 6, 2015 | Full Review…

After a decade-long break, Project Greenlight has made a triumphant return to HBO, where it's now three episodes into its fourth and (so far) best season.

Oct 7, 2015 | Full Review…

The interaction between Damon, Affleck, and other mentors on their team are quite interesting, especially when they are discussing the specific aspects of the filmmaking process.

Sep 16, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It feels like a higher class of reality TV, and I'm looking forward to when the show gets into the guts of putting a likely ill-prepared filmmaker behind the wheel of a $3 million movie.

Sep 14, 2015 | Rating: 7.9/10 | Full Review…

I'm totally hooked on the new season. It's such a pleasure to watch other people have a difficult day at the office, knowing I can walk away from their pressures, and they can't.

Sep 11, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Project Greenlight: Season 4

  • Feb 23, 2019
    I love reality shows like this.
  • Aug 05, 2016
    great way of pulling back the curtain on hollywood and exposing the real life struggles/victories that take place
  • Nov 28, 2015
    That Effie woman is so annoying, I couldn't watch the series anymore! She was likely added just to create drama, but she's a bully, and annoying like hell.
  • Nov 05, 2015
    It was an interesting process to see. I had never seen the show before and had always intended to do so. I'm still not sure we saw everything, just the budget vs art story.
  • Nov 02, 2015
    Effie Brown is a joke. She's an embarrassment to the fight for equality, making everything personal, petty, and unnecessarily dramatic. She creates half the work she does, and she is the only one who doesn't realize that she's on the show not because of her incredible skill and talent, but her combative and petty personality and how she can't appreciate a solution without a considerable amount of conflict first. Terrible for business or productivity, but great for a reality TV show. Overall the season is as interesting as the others, I liked it.
  • Oct 25, 2015
    I don't know how realistic it is but I'm enjoying the show.
  • Oct 25, 2015
    interesting .. but, editing is slanted towards sensationalism ... need to remain a how to insight thing ...
  • Oct 09, 2015
    As someone who loves cinema and the process of filmmaking, it is quite the honest opinion that Project Greenlight is a very interesting and very entertaining look into the life of the first-time filmmaker as he or she goes out to make their debut motion picture. And with every new episode, you're always wondering how the fate of the movie is gonna turn out, and I am always interested in knowing the behind-the-scenes stories and interesting facts, so this kind of show is perfect for someone like me. Even when you look at the bonus footage and deleted scenes, you always get a new treat of information as you follow the filmmaking process, and had I heard of this when it was first on, I probably would've been a fan of it from the get go. Now that it's back on the air, and on the channel it deserves to be, Project Greenlight is the kind of show I'm always looking forward to whenever a new episode is on the horizon, and I anticipate the day to arrive when we watch the final product.
  • Oct 06, 2015
    The premise of this series is great but the execution is in grave peril of becoming a catty reality show. Stick to the movie making and a bit less on the Effie Show!

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