Fox is developing a new one-hour drama focused on country music. Think Dynasty with cowboy boots.
Sandbox Entertainment’s Jason Owen, who manages Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town and Dan + Shay, will serve as executive producer, along with Gail Berman and writer Melissa London Hilfers.
According to Fox, inspired by the Romanoff dynasty, Hilfers' series is “an epic, multi-generational musical drama about America's first family of country music. The Romans divide their time between Austin, where their home is, and Nashville, where the business is. They're passionate and fiercely talented, but while their name is synonymous with heartfelt honesty, the very foundation of this family's success is a lie. When dangerous truths bubble to the surface, the Romans' reign as country royalty is put in jeopardy leading to more lies, betrayal and murder.”
Hilfers’ current projects include a reboot of the thriller Jagged Edge at Sony with Halle Berry starring and Unfit at Amazon Studios with Dakota Johnson attached to star. Berman’s Sidecar will produce with Fox Entertainment.
Owen, Billboard’s 2018 Country Power Players executive of the year, executive produced, with Faith Hill and Lisa Erspamer, Pickler & Ben, as well as Showtime’s Tim & Faith: Soul2Soul, The Cooking Channel’s Kimberly’s Simply Southern and Shania Twain’s ABC-TV concert special, Shania: Still The One Live from Vegas.
The news comes as Fox’s series about a hip-hop dynasty, Empire, ends its six-season run following its current season.
Nashville, a sudsy nighttime drama about the country music industry, ran for six seasons starting in 2012, first on ABC and then CMT, and is largely credited for a boom in tourism to Music City.
If the new project gets the go-ahead, it will be cast and a pilot will be shot sometime after the new year.
Variety and Deadline first reported the news.