Olivia Wilde Returning to Television!

HBO is staying in business with Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter.

The premium cable network has picked up to series the Boardwalk Empire duo’s rock ‘n’ roll drama that’s also exec produced by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Breaking Bad’s George Mastras, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The 1970s drama — which remains untitled — explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound.
Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie) stars as Richie, the founder and president of American Century Records, who has a great ear for discovering talent and who undergoes a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision. Olivia Wilde stars as Richie’s wife, with Parenthood’s Ray Romano set as one of Richie’s partners. The cast also includes Juno Temple, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, James Jagger, Jack Quaid, Birgitte Sorenson, P.J. Byrne, J.C.MacKenzie, Bo Dietel, Armen Gary, Robert Funaro and Joe Caniano.
Scorsese directed the pilot and executive produces alongside Jagger, Winter, Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Mastras. Winter is set as showrunner and penned the script with Mastras. A premiere date has not yet been determined.

For HBO, the rock drama continues the premium cabler’s relationship with Scorsese and Winter following the conclusion earlier this year of Boardwalk Empire. The drama, which was first put into development in 2011, becomes HBO’s latest series offering as it bulks up on hourlong fare following the end of staples True Blood, Boardwalk and The Newsroom. Last month, HBO added its Westworld adaptation to its series roster, picking up the drama with an all-star cast anchored by Anthony Hopkins in his first series-regular role.

The rock drama joins a roster of originals that also includes Game of Thrones, anthology True Detective, The Leftovers and upcoming Utopia.

HBO’s rock drama comes as scripted musical fare continues to be in demand at both broadcast and cable networks. Fox will launch Empire, a hip-hop drama starring Terrence Howard, in January, with ABC also poised to bow its musical fairy tale comedy Galavant during the same frame. ABC’s country drama Nashville is in its third season and Fox has the final season of Glee due in 2015. For its part, Starz on Monday put Storyville, a period jazz drama produced by Tony winner George C. Wolfe, into development.

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Olivia Wilde Speaks Out in Support of Prop 47

Olivia Wilde has never shied away from voicing her opinion on political matters, and this upcoming election is no exception.

The actress and new mother is speaking out in support of Proposition 47, a California voter initiative which reduces penalty time for certain crimes.

“Family is everything. I’ve always felt that way, but having a baby this year really drove that truism home,” Wilde began.

“Being a mother has reinforced and refined my thinking on many issues, including—believe it or not—our criminal justice system. That’s why I’m supporting Proposition 47.”

Wilde gave birth to her first child with Jason Sudeikis, a baby boy named Otis, earlier this year. She and Sudeikis are engaged but have yet to tie the knot.

Wilde continued on about the initiative, saying that her family “instilled, since I was a child, a commitment to critical thinking. Don’t believe what you hear; explore and analyze what you encounter to determine your own truth. This family trait has led me to not only think deeply about societal issues but also to act. Having my son has only increased my desire to do so.”

She continued, “I also am one of several Artists for 47 endorsing the initiative, ranging from Jay‐Z to Brad Pitt to Cameron Diaz and John Legend. We’re united in this effort because our current justice system is tearing apart families for low‐level crimes, and draining community resources and tax coffers to pay for it. It hasn’t worked, and I urge Californians to join me on November 4 in voting yes on Prop. 47.”

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