We might have all loved him for nine years on ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ but now it’s time to see Ray Romano let his inner rock ‘n’ roll side shine on HBO’s new untitled rock drama from Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger.
Romano is set to play Zak Yankovich, the close confidante and right-hand man to Richie (played by Emmy-winner Bobby Cannavale). Richie is said to be tough, sharp-witted and the head of promotions of American Century. He also happens to have decades of experience dating back to the mob-infested days of the recording business.
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Set in ‘70s New York, the project explores the music biz (just when punk and disco were coming to light), which is fueled by drugs and sex. It's told through the eyes of a record-exec trying to revive his label and find the next new sound.
Alongside Scorsese and Jagger, George Mastras (‘Breaking Bad’) and Terence Winter (‘Boardwalk Empire’) will executive produce. Winter and Mastras will also write the script, while Mastras will serve as showrunner. Of course, Scorsese will also direct.
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This is a whole new kind of gig for Romano, who for the past two seasons has been starring in NBC's ‘Parenthood’ as Hank, photographer, love interest to Sarah (Lauren Graham) and a man coming to terms with the fact that he might have Asperger’s.
The rock drama also stars Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple, Max Casella and Jack Quaid. Production is likely to begin in early summer 2014.