MGM Television and Universal Music Publishing Group are teaming up to develop an anthology series based on the music of Billy Joel. The scripted program called Scenes From an Italian Restaurant, will feature episodes based on lyrics and characters from the beloved musician’s iconic songs.
Kevin Fox is creating the series and will executive produce alongside Joel and producing partner Steve Cohen, with Universal’s Jody Gerson and Marc Cimino serving as associate producers. The entirety of Joel’s catalog will be licensed for the series and will be reimagined for the show by Joel’s music team with his input.
“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 shared. “This series is going to focus less on Billy’s life and more on the stories inside his catalog of classic songs.”
Joel’s expansive roster includes the hit songs “Piano Man,” “Only the Good Die Young,” “Uptown Girl,” and “New York State of Mind,” and many more.
A network is not yet attached.