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Olivia Wilde Joins HBO Rock Series from Scorsese & Winter

By Jacob Klein on Apr 11, 2014 to Vinyl

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Devastation.  This was how Boardwalk Empire fans felt when they heard that the series would end in 2014 with one, final season.  There’s no getting around it:  Sunday nights starting in the fall of 2015 may never be the same.  But what if I told you that the same team that brought you The Sopranos AND Boardwalk Empire were already hard at work on yet another sure-to-be-hit series on HBO?

Renowned director Martin Scorsese and The Sopranos co-producer Terrance Winter will begin filming a new series about a Rock n’ Roll  executive named Richie (BWE’s Bobby Cannavale): “a cocaine-fueled record exec in NYC circa 1977, when punk, disco and a new form of music called hip-hop collided”.  Another bonus: George Mastras, a producer from AMC’s Breaking Bad will also be on the team to make this awesome-sounding show happen.

But wait there’s more… several outlets are reporting that none other than the gorgeous Olivia Wilde will also be joining the cast.  She will play Devon Finestra, Richie’s wife. She’s 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.

This project is getting more and more exciting every time we hear about it.  The fact that it may begin filming as soon as this summer is also a relief as HBO will be hurting for Sunday night dramas with the exit of Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom and True Blood in 2014.   We don’t expect it to drop any sooner than 2015 but at least HBO will have the option if it’s ready to go this year.

We’ll bring you all the latest on this project as it develops.

Update:  It looks like OW is excited about her new role:

 

  • Ryo Shenmue

    No one is going to miss Boardwalk Empire, really. One of the worst cable series i have ever seen. This thing got another season and David Milch can’t even develop a series with them.

  • Eleonora Iafano

    No need to call the author of this piece names. There is such a thing as constructive criticism. The writers at HBO watch strive to do their very best on each of the pieces that are published (the occasional error will be made). Name calling is not proactive or constructive. How about fans just rejoice in the fact that a new HBO series is in the works and that we all have that to look forward to?

  • “The Sopranos creator Terrance Winter”… Intolerable sacrilege!!!! It’s David Chase you moron! Not to mention the name is misspelt.

    Chase found, picked up and nurtured Winter when he was still a nobody. Truth be told Winter is only great when he is a supporting element and geniuses (Chase, Scorsese) take the reins and patch up his work (Sopranos, BE pilot, The Wolf of Wall Street). When Winter tried being the lead on Boardwalk Empire, the result was mediocre at best.

    As a matter of coincidence, it could be noted that David Chase has already made a magnificent feature on Rock and Roll, one I could highly recommend – “Not Fade Away.” Though this series would be more of a period piece about the music industry, it seems.

    • Nailed us!

      Changed it to “co-producer”

      Please forgive us this trespass on sacred ground.

  • mwilson21

    Now this is great news. Not just that Olivia Wilde has been cast (she’s had a great year with Drinking Buddies, Rush, and Her), but that this project is finally moving forward. Especially following the news that Milch’s pilot not going forward, and considering the fact that HBO has/is losing Treme, True Blood, The Newsroom, and Boardwalk Empire all within the span of a year.

    Of course, they’ve also added True Detective and the upcoming The Leftovers to their drama line-up, but this is shaping up to be another fantastic addition.

    Speaking of The Money, and considering a recent opinion piece at the Huffington Post about the demographics of people who make television at HBO (among all the other networks), I’m thinking they passed because of the Steve McQueen series in development, which also centered on power struggles within NYC. The two could have been too similar, in certain regards, and considering Steve McQueen’s recent profile, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if that were the case.

    Still disappointing, but McQueen is also fantastic, so I’ll anxiously await more news on that project.

  • Jef Dinsmore

    If you do a search on our site you will see that i have been following this series for a while. This is the first news to come down about it this year.

  • I completely forgot that this show was planned, so this has come as a pleasant surprise!










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