Fox Mourns ‘True Giant’ Naomi Judd as Judds’ ‘Icon’ Drama Awaits Pickup – Deadline
Country icon Naomi Judd, who died suddenly at 76, and her daughter Wynonna are the subjects of the first installment of Iconan anthology series in the works at Fox that sets out to portray some of the world’s greatest music legends.
The project, from producer Gail Berman and top country music manager Jason Owen, was announced in August 2020, with Naomi and Wynonna Judd serving as executive producers on the first season which tells their story.
Icon was subjected to Fox’s script-series model, with The morning show executive producer Adam Milch as writer, executive producer and showrunner. I heard that Naomi Judd was very involved in the process, sharing her experience and providing input in a series of conversations with Milch.
Several scripts have been written. While I hear the Fox brass have been high on the project from the start and as what they’ve seen, a pick-up decision wasn’t expected to come until the early months of next month when the broadcast networks present their fall queues to advertisers. It’s unclear if that would change in light of Judd’s tragic passing, I hear that’s a possibility.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Naomi Judd,” Fox said in a statement. “A true giantess and beloved by all, her work in music, film and television will forever entertain and inspire millions around the world. Our hearts go out to the entire Judd family, their friends, loved ones and followers. fans.
Icon tells the story of country music’s first mother/daughter duo, Naomi and Wynonna Judd.
The duo dominated country music in the 80s and 90s, winning countless awards, selling over 20 million albums and creating a string of hits. The Judds stopped performing as a duo in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. Wynonna then began a successful solo career. The two have occasionally reunited for special tours, most recently in 2010. They were set to embark on one final tour together this fall.
The series will highlight the drama behind the glamor and the dynamic relationship between the couple. It will tell their story through the music and songs that shaped their careers and the country music genre.
Berman and Hend Baghdady of The Jackal Group are producing alongside Owen. Naomi and Wynonna Judd are producing the first season, while their managers Les Borsai, Greg Hill, Cactus Moser and Larry Strickland are producing. Fox Entertainment is the studio.