Trevor Donovan (JL Ranch, Texas Rising, 90210) is set to join the cast of our upcoming scripted drama, inspired by the musical Sun Records, as Eddy Arnold, a country music and pop phenomenon with 85 million records sold and 28 No. 1 hits during his 60-year career.
The son of a sharecropper, Arnold’s inimitable baritone voice brought country to the masses, and made him the most popular country artist of the 20th century with hits including “Make The World Go Away.” Arnold and Elvis Presley shared much in common throughout their careers, including manager Colonel Tom Parker. Arnold has been cited as having profound influence on Elvis, who cut a number of his songs over the years. He also ranked among CMT’s list of “The 40 Greatest Men of Country Music.”
Donovan joins an all-star cast including Chad Michael Murray (Agent Carter, Outlaws and Angels and Texas Rising) as Sun Records founder Sam Phillips and Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly) as Presley and Arnold’s impervious manager Colonel Tom Parker.
Other cast members include Drake Milligan (Elvis Presley), Kevin Fonteyne (Johnny Cash), Christian Lees (Jerry Lee Lewis), Jonah Lees (Jimmy Swaggart), Keir O’Donnell (Dewey Phillips), Jennifer Holland (Sam’s wife Becky Phillips) and Margaret Anne Florence (Sam’s assistant Marion Keisker).
The series is timed to the historic 60th anniversary of the famous recording sessions featuring icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Production began this week in Memphis, and the series is slated to premiere in November.