HBO is launching a music-themed interview show hosted by British rock musician Dave Stewart. The cable network has ordered six half-hour episodes of the show to air early next year.
Described as "musicians on musicians," the still-untitled project will feature Stewart interviewing fellow musicians about their craft. He already has approached several of his big-name rock-star friends to appear on the program, sources said.
The guests also are expected to perform on the show, which Stewart will executive produce with Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine, Gene Kirkwood, Howard Klein and Jonathan Prince.
Stewart, best known as one-half of the groundbreaking synth-pop band Eurythmics, also is a successful producer who has worked with such musicians as Aretha Franklin, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan and the Neville Brothers.
Meanwhile, Iovine and Kirkwood are producing MTV Films' untitled Nina Simone biopic, with Iovine also attached as an executive producer of the CW's upcoming reality series "The Search for the Next Pussycat Doll."
"American Dreams" creator/executive producer Prince is on board to produce another music-themed MTV Films project, "The Ballad of Walter Holmes," which has Usher attached to star.
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