A new TV series featuring the whirlwind relationship of country couple Tammy Wynette and George Jones is currently in pre-production.
Jones and Wynette got married in 1969. Then all throughout their marriage, the two had collaborated on music that ended up being major successes on the charts. The couple is known for hit songs like “Stand by Your Man,” “We’re Gonna Hold On,” “Golden Ring” and “Near You.”
Tammy Wynette and George Jones
Although they divorced in 1975, the couple and their music continued to be popular. In fact, the couple continued to perform together even after their failed relationship. In 1995 they released an entire album called “One.”
The new series will delve into their relationship and successful career as a “country couple.” It’s called “George & Tammy” and is listed as being in pre-production with the Wilmington Regional Film Commission.
According to Port City Daily, the series will be airing for nine months on Spectrum Originals. It will then be on ViacomCBS and Paramount Network. The writer of the show is Abe Sylvia and the TV series is based on information from the 2011 memoir, “The Three of Us: Growing Up with Tammy and George.” It was written by Georgette Jones, the daughter of the couple. She has gone on to create country music as well.
Sylvia produced Netflix’s “Dead to Me” and “Nurse Jackie” on Showtime.
The show has recruited Jessica Chastain to take on the role of Tammy Wynette. She won a Golden Globe Award for her role in “Zero Dark Thirty.” She has also appeared in popular movies like “The Help,” “Interstellar,” “Molly’s Game,” and “The Tree of Life.”
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It’s not 100% clear who will be playing the role of George Jones on the show. However, according to Saving Country Music, when the project was first revealed in 2016, Josh Brolin was said to be playing Jones.
“I have a bit of a past and when they were trying to figure out who might be best able to best play George Jones, they thought, ‘What about Brolin? Who’s been to jail in the last 10 years? Let’s pick Brolin! I’m gonna do that with Jessica Chastain, who is gonna play Tammy Wynette. She’s amazing. It’s gonna be a lot of fun,” Brolin said during a Conan O’Brien interview in 2016.
Since the show has been officially announced, Brolin has not been mentioned as George Jones. However, he is listed as a producer on the project so it’s assumed he is still in that main role.
The show will be full of drama and music. The two had a relationship full of drastic ups and downs. A major reason for the couple’s divorce is related to Jones’ alcoholism. Tammy Wynette herself is certainly worth a TV series. She is commonly referred to as the “First Lady of Country Music.” She had earned herself a Grammy Award and also had 20 No.1 songs during her career. “Stand by Your Man” continues to be one of the best-selling singles ever in country music from a female artist.
Since the show just went to pre-production, it will likely be a bit before it hits TV screens. That just means more time for Tammy Wynette and George Jones fans to get excited.