Thursday, September 10, 2020

Spectrum, Paramount and ViacomCBS to Co-Produce Limited Series 'George & Tammy' Starring Jessica Chastain

Spectrum Originals, Paramount Network and ViacomCBS will co-produce the original limited series George & Tammy starring Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Molly's Game) as thee first lady of country music, Tammy Wynette.

The limited series is based on the book The Three of Us: Growing Up with Tammy and George written by Georgette Jones, the daughter of Tammy Wynette and George Jones. It will chronicle the country music power couple, whose relationship inspired songs such as "We're Gonna Hold On," "Stand by Your Man" and "Golden Ring."

Abe Sylvia (Dead to Me) developed the series. He will executive produce with Chastain, Andrew Lazar, Josh Brolin, David Glasser, David Hutkin, Bob Yari and Bryan Goluboff. 101 Studios, Mad Chance Productions, Josh Brolin Productions and Freckle Films will produce.

The series will premiere on Spectrum as one of its original series for subscribers. After a nine-month exclusive run, the series will have a second-run window on Paramount Network and CBS All Access (which is expected to undergo a rebrand in the next year). The series was originally conceived as a feature film script before being redeveloped as a limited series.

"I am humbled to bring this incredible story to life with the breadth it deserves and that the Charter platforms allow," said Sylvia. "Tammy Wynette is an American icon, and I can think of no one better to illuminate the woman behind the legend than Jessica Chastain. After having the honor of penning The Eyes of Tammy Faye for Freckle Films and Searchlight, I so look forward to another collaboration with her. This has indeed been a passion project for Andrew, Josh and me - and we are so grateful to our partners Katherine Pope, Keith Cox and David Glasser for tirelessly championing our labor of love."

"I first read Abe's feature script a few years ago and couldn't get it out of my head - the examination of human frailty and redemption was so unexpected, given the glitz and glamour of the subject matter," added Katherine Pope, Head of Spectrum Originals. "We all thought we knew who Tammy Wynette was, but there is so much more to her that we never saw. Jessica brings her incredible depth of intelligence, empathy and strength to peel back all the layers of this country superstar. It's an honor to work with this dream team - all the producers and our partners at 101 Studios and Paramount Network - we can't wait to bring this incredible series to our viewers."

"I've been a massive fan of George & Tammy's iconic music since I was a kid, leading me to chase this incredible script by Abe for years," said Keith Cox, President, ViacomCBS' Entertainment & Youth Studios. "It's a dream come true to have Jessica at the forefront of the complex tale behind Tammy Wynette. We are thrilled to share this series about two legends with the world on ViacomCBS' forthcoming streaming service and Paramount Network."