CMT’s ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ Has New Name: ‘Sun Records’

CMT logo
Courtesy of CMT

CMT has retitled its coming eight-part limited series about the early days of rock and roll. “Million Dollar Quartet,” a drama about the first steps taken by musicians like Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, will now be called “Sun Records” and will air Thursdays starting February 23 along with the Viacom network’s pickup of country-music drama “Nashville.”

“Sun Records” is set in Memphis and depicts the rise of the aforementioned musicians along with Carl Perkins and others even as the burgeoning civil-rights movement grips the nation.

The cast includes Chad Michael Murray as Sun Records founder Sam Phillips; Billy Gardell as Colonel Tom Parker, Presley’s manager; Drake Milligan as Presley;  Kevin Fonteyne as Cash; Christian Lees as Lewis; Jonah Lees as Jimmy Swaggart; Trevor Donovan as Eddy Arnold, and Kerry Holliday as Ike Turner.

The network is working to develop a roster of scripted programs, having snared rights to “Nashville,” formerly on ABC and launching a second season of the Billy Ray Cyrus comedy “Still The King.” CMT recently announced that a pilot for “His Wives & Daughters,” including Jane Seymour, Gail O’Grady and Jeff Kober, will begin production this January. Additional scripted projects in development include a script order for a television adaptation of “Varsity Blues.”

“Sun Records” is produced by Thinkfactory Media with Leslie Greif as executive producer, Gil Grant as executive producer and showrunner, Barry Berg as co-executive producer and Herb Nanas and Colin Escott as producers. Roland Joffé will direct, and Jayson Dinsmore and Julia Silverton will serve as executive producers for CMT. The series is based on the book written by Floyd Mutrux and Escott.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 2

Leave a Reply

2 Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. And who plays the Aberbachs? The money went into their pockets. They got more from the sale of Elvis’s music than Elvis and Col. Parker, combined! They owned 75% of the music coming out of Nashville at the time, and the greatest share of top Billboard hits of the era. Read more in “Carnal Abuse By Deceit.”

  2. The Viewing Public says:

    I love Eddy Arnold and Trevor Donovan, so win, win.

More TV News from Variety

Loading