CMT sets January return for ‘Nashville,’ adds more new series

USA Today


“For CMT, the idea is to “not only use Nashville to bring viewers to the channel, but as a spark plug to ignite interest in all of our other (shows),” says programming chief Jayson Dinsmore. That includes Million Dollar Quartet, which will swivel its hips onto the channel as an eight-part limited series in March. Adapted from the Broadway musical, the Memphis-set drama will chart the rise of music legends including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, guided by rock ‘n’ roll godfather Sam Phillips (Chad Michael Murray).”
“Murray (One Tree Hill) describes Quartet as “a highbrow, Boardwalk Empire-meets-Mad Men-style period drama,” set during Hollywood’s Golden Age at the onset of the civil rights movement. “It was fascinating to come in and see this world from their points of view: from Elvis at 17, Johnny Cash at 19, and Sam at 29 coming to Memphis,” Murray says. Viewers will “find a new respect for these young artists who didn’t see color back then.” – By Patrick Ryan, USA Today, August 25, 2016