Variety reports that the life of singer/songwriter Billy Joel is being turned into BIG SHOT, an hour-long episodic drama series for Showtime. The first season will take place in the 1970s, tracking his career and his first marriage to his then-business manager Elizabeth Weber. The series will incorporate his songs and it’s promised that storylines will deal frankly with his subsequent marriages, car accidents, and alcohol abuse.
This could be the beginning of a franchise for Showtime. If BIG SHOT works, you can count on seeing the series I WRITE THE SONGS (the Barry Manilow story) and SONG SUNG BLUE (the Neil Diamond story) real soon.
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Oh, c’mon — who wouldn’t want to watch “Song Sung Blue”? Especially the episode about The Jazz Singer. If I could Tivo the hypothetical future, I would do it right now.
Sometimes I think I should fork out the extra 10 bucks for a tier of premium channels. Then I read something like this and think, “Naw!”
This might be the beginning of a new career for you — no, I don’t mean Lee Goldberg, celebrity TV biographer; I mean Lee Goldberg, heir to Steven King and H. P. Lovecraft.
Really. You’re scaring me.
How about I Fell from a Coconut Tree? Is that a concept?
Did I hear they’re casting Sean Hayes as Joel?
That will make it BIG SHIT.