Yes, you heard (read) that right. One of the world’s biggest directors is teaming with one of the world’s biggest rock stars to bring you a show about the 1970s music industry on the channel known for unfiltered, uncensored content – and they’re doing it with the writer and executive producer of The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire. Wow, colour me excited by painting it black.
As per Variety the as yet untitled show is said to have a nine-episode pick up and to be set in 1970s New York; to follow the drug and sex-filled music industry during the rise of punk and disco music through the eyes of a record executive who’s trying to breathe new life into his struggling label.
Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie) is set to star as the aforementioned record executive – Richie Finestra, president and founder of the influential American Century Records (ACR), who suffers a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision. Olivia Wilde (House) will co-star as his wife Devon, a former model, actress and wild child who returns to her heavy partying lifestyle when Richie’s crisis puts strain of their family life.
Cannavale’s other major co-stars include Ray Romano (Parenthood) as Richie’s partner, Zak Yankovich – the Head of Promotions at ACR with less than savory business connections, and Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises, Lovelace) as Jamie Vine – an ambitious, manipulative assistant in ACR’s A&R (Artists and Repertoire) department looking to get ahead in the company.
Other cast members include Andrew “Dice” Clay, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, James Jagger, Jack Quaid, Birgitte Sorenson, PJ Byrne, JC MacKenzie, Bo Dietl, Robert Funaro and Joe Caniano.
Again, wow. The talent attached to this show is incredible. This is also the third collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Terrence Winter in recent times following the recently ended series Boardwalk Empire and The Wolf of Wall Street. Mick Jagger is sure to add a great deal of authenticity to the 1970s music scene because he lived through it as that’s when The Rolling Stones were in their prime. And if anyone needs to know anything about rampant drug use, Keith Richards is only a phone call away. It’s been a long time since any production has gotten me this excited, sometimes we can get what we want and we can get satisfaction.
Last Updated: December 3, 2014