HBO Orders Rock Drama Series from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter

Martin Scorsese Mick Jagger Rock Documentary

HBO has given a series order to a new drama from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter.

Set in 1970’s New York, the as yet untitled show will explore the drug and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound. The series is believed to have been given a nine-episode pickup.

The project has long been gestating at HBO. It marks the latest collaboration of Scorsese and Winter, following HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and the Oscar-nommed feature “The Wolf of Wall Street.” “Boardwalk” ended its five-season run in October.

The hourlong drama will star Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, the founder and president of a top-tier record label, American Century Records, with a great ear for discovering talent. Richie undergoes a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision. Olivia Wilde will play his wife, Devon, a former actress/model who lived a Bohemian life in 1960s New York. Richie’s crisis causes strain on their family and propels her to re-immerse in her former lifestyle.

Ray Romano will appear as Zak Yankovich, one of Richie’s partners — the tough and savvy Head of Promotions of American Century with decades of experience dating back to the dark, mob-infested days of the recording business. Juno Temple will also star as Jamie Vine, is an ambitious assistant in the A&R Department of American Century. She uses her keen abilities to manipulate people and blend into the various subcultures of the New York music underground, in order to break through the glass ceiling and get ahead at the record label.

Rounding out the cast are Andrew “Dice” Clay; Ato Essandoh; Max Casella; James Jagger; Jack Quaid; Birgitte Hjort Sørensen; P.J. Byrne; J.C. MacKenzie; Bo Dietl; Robert Funaro and Joe Caniano.

Winter will write, showrun and executive produce the series, with Scorsese, Jagger, Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and George Mastras executive producing.

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  1. Karen Pottruff says:

    Was hoping Mick Jagger was going to star in the series.

  2. Jimi LaLumia says:

    Hopefully the importance of Max’s Kansas City and early ground breaking artists like Jayne (The artist formerly known as Wayne) County will feature in this project

  3. IT 2 IT says:

    HASN’T Scorsese ALREADY made this? —a couple of times over?

    Further, UNLESS Scorsese’s going to have the nerve to EXPOSE
    the rock pop op as ‘CON—trived’ – – -he’s wasting our time! – – -AGAIN!

    CHECK OUT the work and interviews of DAVE McGOWAN.


  4. I would like to be part of this series as I am a Rock & Roll Recording Artist & SAG-AFTRA Actor! check me out @ MrMelody.US Download my Pop-Anthem to Save the Central Park Carriage Horse Industry “WALKIN THRU THE PARK” by MR. MELODY TM via your favorite MP3 vendor. I can be reached @ 212-772-7342 Rock On!

  5. Mr. Melody TM (@Mr_Melody_TM) says:

    No wonder u have only 5 comments! Stupid is this your idea of INTERACTIVITY & reader stimulation???
    U probably will go out of business inside a year if u keep this up.

  6. Wendy Cohen says:

    Any date when this will be aired on HBO

  7. Sounds excellent! Please make arrangements for the new Show to be screened in Australia! (Especially in Darwin, where my family and I stay!!)

  8. I would consult the Eagles “King of Hollywood” and Zappa’s “Tinseltown Rebellion”

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