Scoop: Julianne Moore Eyes Starring Role in HBO's Mad Men-Era Drama Series

Get More: News, Pilots

In what would mark her first full-time foray into series television, Julianne Moore is developing an HBO drama with frequent collaborator Todd Haynes that would find her playing a former heroin addict who becomes a private eye in 1950s Manhattan.

The project, titled Dope, is based on the Sara Gran novel of the same name. (Gran also penned the pilot script.)

Haynes, who teamed with Moore in Far From Heaven and Safe, would direct the pilot and serve as a producer alongside his Mildred Pierce cohorts John Wells and Christine Vachon.

Allow me to be the first to say — this thing sounds dope.



Comments (24)

  • Oh.My.God.Yes.Please.
    Wish I had read the novel but it sounds great enough.

    Comment by Amber – August 15, 2011 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Are soaps (As The World Turns) not series television?

    Comment by Lynnette – August 15, 2011 11:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was wondering the same thing! It was definitely full-time. Almost more than full-time, given that she played twins.

      Comment by ThatGrrl – August 15, 2011 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Besides this being set in New York (which half of TV shows are) and in the past, it sounds nothing like Mad Men.

    Comment by Sam – August 15, 2011 11:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Dude….Mr.A just wrote Mad Men “Era” and that’s it…He’s right..some of you need to relax.

      Comment by NickC – August 15, 2011 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • And he didn’t even get that right since Mad Men takes place in the 1960s…

        Comment by Anne – August 15, 2011 05:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Quote:

    “Haynes, who most recently teamed with Moore on the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, would direct the pilot and serve as a producer alongside John Wells and Christine Vachon.”

    Julianne Moore was in Mildred Pierce? It isn’t on her IMDB

    Comment by Bobby – August 15, 2011 11:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Having watched all 5+ hours of Mildred Pierce, I can confirm that Julianne Moore was not in it. I really hate to have to say this, because I usually love Todd Haynes, but Mildred Pierce (despite a stellar performance from Kate Winslet) was NOT GOOD… so I worry about this new project. Prove me wrong, Todd and Julianne!

      Comment by Audrey – August 15, 2011 11:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • yeah, i couldnt watch the entire thing. it just made me long to rewatch the original with Joan Crawford.

        Comment by jj – August 15, 2011 03:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Julianne Moore starring in a period detective drama? I’m in. Please let there be noir.

    Comment by MockingbirdGirl – August 15, 2011 11:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s HBO. It would be weird for it NOT to be noir.

      Comment by Sam – August 15, 2011 11:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hate to nitpick you, Mike, but in addition to ATWT, was 30 Rock not a significant enough “foray”? Other than that, thanks for the scoop! Makes me super happy.

    Comment by Sass – August 15, 2011 11:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not sure why Mad Men was included in this story at all. This is why Pan Am is subjected to all the comparisons to that show, and now this will be too. For crying out loud, Mad Men doesn’t have the rights to the time period.

    Comment by Josh – August 15, 2011 11:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The most entertaining thing about it all is that they are two different time periods. 50′s and the 60′s are not the same.

      Comment by Brian – August 15, 2011 11:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Pity it’s not in the 60′s, when even middle-aged housewives wore miniskirts. lol!

    Comment by Todd – August 15, 2011 11:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Her teeth are gross.

    Comment by stardust – August 15, 2011 12:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Seriously, you are going to comment on her teeth? Not her incredible beauty? Her tremendous talent? Her intellect? Her being a great role model? No, instead, her teeth? You need to find a hobby besides plucking the wings off of flies!

      Comment by Falco66 – August 15, 2011 02:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Pretty sure that As the World Turns was a series. One of the longest ever

    Comment by amk – August 15, 2011 02:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • sounds strange enough, but Julianne makes anything worth a look or two. Also, Michael….really?! You had to pick such an unflattering pic :/

    Comment by lipsticksocialism – August 15, 2011 02:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Does everything have to be “Mad Men era” You know many things happened in that era that were non-Mad Men related :-p.

    Comment by Josh – August 15, 2011 08:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow, Julianne Moore really wants that EMMY! First Sarah Palin and now working with Todd Haynes!

    Comment by Kate – August 15, 2011 11:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Dear Kate, Julianne Moore already HAS an Emmy Award for her dual role of Fanny/Sabrina Hughes on ‘As the World Turns.’

      Comment by William Joseph Reynolds – August 16, 2011 08:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “…her first foray into series television?’ What was As The World Turns – an “After School special?’ This shows the writer’s obvious ignorance of Julianne Moore’s Emmy award winning work on ATWT, or, the continued mainstream media looking down upon the daytime soap genre. Daytime soaps may be considered to be ‘the step-child’ of television broadcasting, but I remember a time in which the daytime dramas were the money-makers for the networks.

    Comment by William Joseph Reynolds – August 16, 2011 08:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael Ausiello writes in an Aug. 16, 2011 article headlined, ”Julianne Moore Eyes Starring Role in HBO’s Mad Men-Era Drama Series,” that it will be the actress’ FIRST foray into series television.

    This is incorrect.

    Julianne Moore starred in ‘As The World Turns,’ a TV series that ran for 54 years. Ms. Moore played twins, Frannie and Sabrina Hughes, and was one of the most beloved actors on the show. So much so, that she returned for the show’s swan song in 2010, much to this fan’s delight.

    I enjoy your site Michael, but please correct the error in today’s ‘Scoop’ item. It does a disservice to readers and to this actress’ body of work.

    Comment by Tracie – August 16, 2011 09:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

Leave a Reply

Comments on TVLine.com are monitored. So don't go off topic, don't frakkin' curse, and be gone with your offers of discount leather goods. Talk smart about TV!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s