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'Disgraceland' Podcast Moving to TV Thanks to 'Nashville' Creators

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"Dream squad and I can’t wait for Disgraceland fans to see what we’re cooking up," says creator Jake Brennan.

The Disgraceland podcast is jumping from your ears to your eyes. The two-year-old pod that has chronicled the often felonious, frequently taboo travails of everyone from James Brown to cannibal rapper Big Lurch, John Lennon, Cardi B, Amy Winehouse, Led Zeppelin and Guns 'N Roses is being turned into a drama series by the team behind Nashville.

As first reported by Deadline, after Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment acquired the right's to host/creator Jake Brennan's show, the trio of Nashville creator-executive producer Callie Khouri, producer Michael Lohmann and Brennan are slated to write the TV version, with Nashville season 1 executive music producer T Bone Burnett overseeing the music.

“I was weary of trying to adapt Disgraceland into a television show for a long while. Then Callie, Lohmann, and T Bone came into the meeting with a vision for how to adapt it that blew me away," Brennan tells Billboard. "By the end of the meeting, I was like, ‘Ok, I’m in. Let’s do this.’ Along with Aaron Kaplan, these are some of the most savvy, soulful, creative folks I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Dream squad and I can’t wait for Disgraceland fans to see what we’re cooking up.”

The series, which Brennan launched independently in 2018 -- before getting picked up by iHeartRadio in 2019 -- will be taken to premium cable and the streaming marketplace soon, according to Deadline. To date, Disgraceland has been downloaded more than 30 million times, with season 5 launching earlier this week with an episode on GNR.


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