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

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.

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  1. Amber says:

    Wish I had read the novel but it sounds great enough.

  2. Lynnette says:

    Are soaps (As The World Turns) not series television?

    • ThatGrrl says:

      I was wondering the same thing! It was definitely full-time. Almost more than full-time, given that she played twins.

  3. Sam says:

    Besides this being set in New York (which half of TV shows are) and in the past, it sounds nothing like Mad Men.

  4. Bobby says:


    “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

    • Audrey says:

      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!

  5. MockingbirdGirl says:

    Julianne Moore starring in a period detective drama? I’m in. Please let there be noir.

  6. Sass says:

    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.

  7. Josh says:

    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.

    • Brian says:

      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.

  8. Todd says:

    Pity it’s not in the 60’s, when even middle-aged housewives wore miniskirts. lol!

  9. stardust says:

    Her teeth are gross.

    • Falco66 says:

      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!

  10. amk says:

    Pretty sure that As the World Turns was a series. One of the longest ever

  11. lipsticksocialism says:

    sounds strange enough, but Julianne makes anything worth a look or two. Also, Michael….really?! You had to pick such an unflattering pic :/

  12. Josh says:

    Does everything have to be “Mad Men era” You know many things happened in that era that were non-Mad Men related :-p.

  13. Kate says:

    Wow, Julianne Moore really wants that EMMY! First Sarah Palin and now working with Todd Haynes!

    • William Joseph Reynolds says:

      Dear Kate, Julianne Moore already HAS an Emmy Award for her dual role of Fanny/Sabrina Hughes on ‘As the World Turns.’

  14. William Joseph Reynolds says:

    “…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.

  15. Tracie says:

    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.