A 12-hour series about the famed Motown Records music empire and its founder, Berry Gordy, is being developed for NBC.

A 12-hour series about the famed Motown Records music empire and its founder, Berry Gordy, is being developed for NBC.

"Berry Gordy's Motown" will dramatize Gordy's rise from Detroit's inner city to the head of an entertainment empire with artists that included Diana Ross & the Supremes; Smokey Robinson & the Miracles; the Temptations and the Jackson 5, the network says.

The series isn't expected to air until the 2005-06 season.

Producer Suzanne de Passe, whose credits include "Motown Returns to the Apollo," the miniseries "The Temptations" and "The Jacksons: An American Dream," is developing the project with NBC.


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