Billy Joel Series Being Shopped to Television
Billy Joel is saying hello to Hollywood.
MGM Television is teaming with Universal Music Publishing Group for a new “arc-ology”–titled “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant.” The show will feature episodes based on lyrics of his hits and characters from his songs, including the Stranger, the Piano Man, Mamma Leone and Sgt. O’Leary.
The series will be created by Kevin Fox (Law & Order: SVU) and executive produced alongside Joel and his longtime producing partner, Steve Cohen (with whom he collaborated on Billy Joel: New York State of Mind).
“Billy Joel is a beautiful storyteller, and it just so happens that his stories are accompanied alongside remarkable songs,” MGM TV president of development and production Steve Stark tells THR. “This series is going to focus less on Billy’s life and more on the stories inside his catalog of classic songs.”