Spectrum and Paramount Network to Turn Abe Sylvia's George Jones-Tammy Wynette Movie Script Into Limited Series

Jessica Chastain is still set to star as Wynette, no word yet on who is playing George Jones (but Josh Brolin is producing)


Jessica Chastain is set to star as Tammy Wynette in Spectrum Originals and Paramount Network limited series “George & Tammy.”

The limited series from Abe Sylvia (“Dead to Me”), which will first run on Spectrum and nine months later migrates to both the upcoming ViacomCBS streaming service and cable channel Paramount Network, chronicles the country music power couple, Wynette and George Jones, whose complicated relationship inspired some of the most iconic music of all time. 

Sylvia is creator and executive producer of “George & Tammy.” Andrew Lazar, Josh Brolin and Chastain, David Glasser, David Hutkin, Bob Yari and Bryan Goluboff.

Goluboff wrote the limited series based on the book “The Three of Us: Growing Up with Tammy and George,” penned by the couple’s daughter, Georgette Jones.

Remembered as the “First Lady of Country Music,” Wynette’s lyrics tackled real life issues including loneliness, divorce and heartbreak. Wynette’s most successful song “Stand by Your Man” is one of the most iconic and best-selling country singles by a female artist. Wynette’s 20 No. 1 songs on the country charts cemented her place as one of the most influential women in music. Her tumultuous marriage to country superstar George Jones in 1969 gave life to iconic duets including, “We’re Gonna Hold On,” “Golden Ring” and “Near You.”

“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,” Katherine Pope, head of Spectrum Originals, said in a statement on Thursday. “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,” added Keith Cox, president of ViacomCBS’s 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.”

“I am humbled to bring this incredible story to life with the breadth it deserves and that the Charter platforms allow,” Sylvia said. “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.”

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