Tall hairstyles and dim lights line the stage in the limited musical biopic series. George and Tammy. The Showtime series illuminates the chaotic, wild life of a worldwide superstar as he navigates love and focuses on the tumultuous relationship between country music icons George Jones and Tammy Wynette. Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain step into the duo’s cowboy boots to bring their music and stories to life George and Tammy follows her meteoric rise to fame and all that followed. Here’s everything we know so far about the limited series, from the trailer and release date to the cast, storyline and more.
Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon show off in trailer for ” George and Tammy. A historical play set in the 60’s, 70’s and beyond, the hair is bigger, the makeup is lighter and the streets are tougher. The trailer fully follows the trail of the tribute it takes to be a rock star and sheds light on what goes on behind the scenes when it comes to booze and pills. As George and Tommy’s careers skyrocket and they fall in and out of love, they also have to come to terms with their vices and mortality. The most notable aspect of the trailer has to be Chastain, who provides the vocal accompaniment by singing Wynette’s biggest hit, “Stand By Your Man.” It became her trademark as a number one hit on the Billboard charts, and Chastain’s powerful belt shows she’s more than capable of taking on the role of one of the country’s biggest stars.
When and where to see George and Tammy
George and Tammy will debut on Showtime on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 9pm ET. The first episode, originally slated to be the Paramount+ original series, will also air on the Paramount Network on December 4 at 9:00 p.m. following the hit series. yellowstone. After the first episode George and Tammy will air exclusively on Showtime throughout its runtime. The limited series will have a total of six episodes, with the series finale arriving on Sunday, January 8, 2023. All episodes are available to stream on Showtime.
Behind the Music: Who Are the Real George Jones and Tammy Wynette?
Country legends George Jones and Tammy Wynette were both pioneering artists in their genres and are often referred to as the king and queen of country music. Both found early success on their own, fell in love, and were married from 1969 to 1975, leading them to create dozens of country hits as an unstoppable musical duo. Both have married multiple times throughout their lives (it was the other’s third marriage) and their life together backstage has become as famous as their life together in the spotlight.
Tammy Wynette was born on May 5, 1952 in the small town of Itawamba County, Mississippi. She eventually moved to Nashville with hopes of becoming a country music singer-songwriter in 1965, and the rest is history. Within three years, Wynette had massive success with number one hit singles “I Don’t Wanna Play House” and “DIVORCE,” and made a name for herself as a prominent female voice in the male-dominated industry. But it was her next number one single, Stand By Your Man, that she co-wrote Billy Sherill (played by David Wilson Barnes in the series), that would become her signature song and make her a legend. Married four times in her life, she met country music star George Jones in the late ’60s and they were married for six years. As the two became a successful duo with hit singles like “Golden Ring,” Wynette struggled with an addiction to painkillers while Jones battled alcoholism, and the couple eventually divorced in 1975. Wynette remained a staple in the country music genre amidst various addictions and married her fourth and final husband, George Richie (Stephen Zahn), 1978, before he died in 1998 at the age of 55.
Born on September 12, 1931, George Jones was known in the country music world for his deep baritone voice and hardened personality. His best known singles include “He Stopped Loving Her Today”, “The Race is On” and “Finally Friday”. Entering the music business in the 1950s, he was a lasting presence within the genre, releasing hits in every decade through the ’90s. Known for his vices and drinking problems, this caused a major problem in his marriage to Tammy Wynette, and he also became notorious for missing various shows because he was too drunk. After his divorce from Wynette, Jones married his fourth and last wife Nancy Sepulvadoin 1983 and became sober in 1999. Jones continued to sing and perform for the rest of his life and died in 2013 at the age of 81.
What is George and Tammy about?
George and Tammy based on the memoirs The three of us: Grew up with Tammy and George written by Georgette Jones. Georgette was born in 1970 and is the couple’s first and only child. She witnessed the dawn of her parents’ love and fame only to see it all fall apart. Throughout the book, Georgette recounts what it was like growing up in the shadow of country music’s greatest couple, her mother’s addiction to painkillers that led to her death, and her father’s alcoholism that contributed to her estrangement. The series will capture all of the defining moments of the novel, hopping across multiple decades to do justice to George and Tammy’s story, from the highs to the lows.
Who is in the cast of George and Tammy?
Jessica Chastain plays Tammy Wynette. Chastain is an Academy Award-winning actress who won the 2022 Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of another real Tammy. Tammy Faye, in Tammy Faye’s eyes. She made her film debut with the film in 2008 jolene2011 was Chastain’s breakthrough year, starring in both The Tree of Life and The helpThe latter earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She then caused a stir as the lead actress with her portrayal of CIA analyst Maya Harris in Catherine BigelowThe thriller Zero Dark Thirty, and Chastain earned her second Oscar nomination, this time for Best Actress. She has starred in several blockbuster films and is known for taking on idiosyncratic characters with feminist themes. Before starring in the Showtime limited series, she starred in the HBO miniseries Scenes from a Marriage (2020) vs Oscar Isaak. Michael Shannon plays country singer George Jones George and Tammy. A renowned actor best known for his dark supporting roles, Shannon received two Best Supporting Actor nominations at the Academy Awards for his performances in Revolutionary Street (2008) and Nocturnal animals (2016). Shannon is celebrated for his chameleon-like qualities, allowing him to delve into every genre from drama and thriller to comedy. Shannon is best known for his roles in 8 miles (2001), shape of the water (2016), knife out (2019) and fast train (2022). On television, he has appeared on HBO Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014) and Hulu Nine perfect strangers (2021).
Steve Zahn stars alongside Jessica Chastain as Tammy Wynette’s fourth and final husband, George Richey. Richey, a noted songwriter and producer, also became Wynette’s manager in the ’70s, writing various hits for her and George Jones while the pair performed as a duo. Zahn is perhaps best known for his work on the first season of The White Lotus as Privileged Vacationer in Crisis Mark Mossbacher, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie. His most notable work, having been in the industry since the 1990’s, is in the films reality bites (1994), Happy Texas (1999) and the Greg’s diary franchise series. Walton Goggins plays the prolific songwriter Earl “Peanutt” Montgomery in the limited series. Montgomery, who lives in Nashville, has collaborated with countless artists throughout his career and has written more than 70 songs with frequent collaborator and friend George Jones. Known for playing quirky, larger-than-life roles, Goggins is currently starring in the HBO comedy series The Righteous Gems as a cheat baby Billy Freeman. He also starred in the FX Western series Justified (2010-2015) and appeared in films Django Unchained (2011), Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) and Ant Man and the Wasp (2018).
Pat Healy will portray Tammy Wynette’s second husband and frequent collaborator, Don Chapel. A prolific Nashville songwriter, his most notable hit was “When the Grass Grows Over Me,” performed and published by George Jones in 1970. Healy has appeared in various films and television series over the years, best known for his ongoing role as Michael Dixon train station 19and recurring character Jeff in Better call Saul Season 6. Rounding out the main cast is David Wilson Barnes as the famous music producer Billy Sherill. Working primarily in country music, he has worked with Tammy Wynette and George Jones and co-wrote Wynette’s biggest hit, Stand By Your Man. Barnes has appeared on various television series throughout his career, including AMC’s The son (2017-2019), HBO’s PerryMason (2020) and most recently on Prime Video The subway (2021).
Who makes George and Tammy?
George and Tammy is created by Abe Slyvia. Slyvia is a producer, writer and director known for writing the screenplay for Tammy Faye’s eyes, another collaboration with Chastain. He also wrote and produced the series dead to me (2019-2022), Happen & Leonard (2016-2018), The affair (2014-2019) and sister Jackie (2009-2015). The series is executive produced by Sylvia, Chastain, Andrew Lazar (conviction), Josh Brolin, David Glaser (yellowstone), David Hutkin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Bob Yari (yellowstone), and Bryan Goluboff (The Basketball Diaries). The entire series is directed by an Australian director John Hillcoatwho is best known for directing the critically acclaimed 2011 film, Lawlessand the black mirror Season 4 episode “Crocodile”. The series was written by Sylvia, Sheri Holman (Longmire, filthy rich), Goluboff, Becky mode (smashed), and Lindsey Villareal (resident Evil).