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HBO Greenlights Musical Period Pilot from Elton John and Alan Ball

28 January 2015 4:47 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

HBO has given the go-ahead to the pilot for "Virtuoso," a musical series from Elton John, his husband David Furnish and "True Blood" creator Alan Ball. The hour-long period drama follows a class of young, 18th-century European musicians attending a prestigious music academy in Vienna. Production is set to begin in Budapest this Spring. Ball's partner Peter Macdissi, who appeared in both "True Blood" and "Six Feet Under," Ball's first cable series after his "American Beauty" Oscar win for Best Screenplay, will star and executive-produce. Ball and Macdissi have written the teleplay, with a pilot story to be penned by Macdissi, Ball and co-executive producer Steve Hamilton Shaw. This isn't the only musical period series on HBO's docket. Martin Scorsese has a full series order on his plate for a yet-to-be-titled '70s rock drama co-executive produced by Terence Winter and Mick Jagger. (More on that here.) »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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HBO Orders Musical Period Drama Pilot From Elton John & ‘True Blood’ Creator

27 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO has given the greenlight to a pilot for “Virtuoso,” a period drama about musical prodigies from “True Blood” creator Alan Ball, Elton John and David Furnish.

Set in 18th century Vienna, the series follows a class of musicians from all across Europe at the prestigious Academy of Musical Excellence.

Peter Macdissi (who worked with Ball on “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood”) will star in the pilot. Macdissi will also serve as exec producer, alongside Ball, John, Furnish and Steve Hamilton Shaw. The pilot teleplay is written by Ball, and Macdissi, Shaw and Ball will pen the pilot story.

The cast of musical students includes “The Imitation Game’s” Alex Lawther as Battista; French actor Francois Civil (“Rosemary’s Baby”) as Isidoro; British actor Nico Mirallegro (BBC’s “Upstairs Downstairs”) as Franz; Australian actor Lindsay Farris as Heinrich; and actress Iva Babic as Leonid.

Production on the “Virtuoso” pilot begins this spring in Budapest. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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