George Jones and Tammy Wynette Series Has Casting for Two Country Icons: Report

by Jonathan Howard

John Hillcoat is directing a series on George Jones and Tammy Wynette and we now know who will play the iconic country music couple.

Michael Shannon will sing along with Jessica Chastain as the two portray the famed country music duo. Wynette and Jones were married in 1969. It was Jones’ third marriage and Wynette’s second. They would be married for just over six years until they divorced in 1975.

The series will be a six-episode limited series. This Wednesday is when the production is supposed to begin according to Mike Fleming Jr of Deadline. Shannon will be doing his own vocals as well as his costar Chastain. So, it is going to be a very authentic series. No lip-syncing here. You can watch that on Spectrum with a second showing on Paramount Network and Paramount+.

Other folks that are working on the series include Abe Sylvia. He is the show creator and executive producer along with Andrew Lazar, Josh Brolin, and Jessica Chastain. 101 Studios that produces Yellowstone is in on the production as well. David C. Glasser, David Hutkin, Ron Burkle, and Bob Yari are executive producers affiliated with the studio. Writer and EP Bryan Goluboff round out the big names.

This series will be based on the book written by Georgette Jones, the couple’s daughter. The Three of Us: Growing Up with Tammy and George is based on Georgette’s childhood and life.

While Shannon has most recently been in movies such as Knives Out and The Shape of Water, this is a new type of role. Being able to transform into another person isn’t easy. So, there is likely going to be a lot of work put into this series.

George Jones and Tammy Wynette Went Through Rough Times

When George Jones and Tammy Wynette got married they were one of the country music power couples. There was Johnny and June and then there was George and Tammy. It was during a time when Jones had a bad problem with alcohol and honestly one of the most trying times in the singer’s life.

During their six-year marriage, they had a daughter. Due to Jones’ drinking and health issues, he was missing shows, and life at home was suffering. His wife and daughter were not doing well and in 1975, the couple split.

Since the series is based on this time in George Jones and Wynette’s life, it is likely to contain a lot of intense moments. However, it should be a wonderful series showing just what the family went through during those years.