Thursday, November 04, 2004

Elton John Takes a Job Away From a Struggling TV Writer

If you are depressed about the U.S. election, here is something to cheer you up:

Elton John (news) is making his first foray into series television by developing an ABC comedy about an aging rock superstar and the people around him, Daily Variety reported in its Thursday edition. The flamboyant musician told the Hollywood trade paper that the as-yet-untitled show would not be based on himself but rather a mix of other fellow pop icons like Rod Stewart (news), Mick Jagger (news), Freddie Mercury (news) and David Bowie (news).

"It's not about me, but about everybody we've encountered over the past 30 years," it quoted him as saying. "We've met every star and seen every misbehavior. And it's about the people around the star, who have to put up with them. It's an upmarket 'Spinal Tap." Daily Variety said John's longtime business manager Bob Halley came up with the basic concept about three years ago, and his boss warmed to the idea. Songwriter Bruce Roberts, producer Michael Edelstein and "Sex and the City" screenwriter Cindy Chupack eventually entered the mix.

A full history is being developed for the rock star character -- including music spanning the '70s, '80s, '90s and today. John has already written a song for the project, "Him and Us," which will appear on his 43rd album "Peachtree Road," due in U.S. stores on Tuesday.
Obviously, that show will be amazing. For the three weeks it will be on before it gets canceled. I'd like to add that I can't believe that Elton John has 43 made albums. Incidentally, there are also 43 Peachtree Roads in Atlanta.

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