John Stamos Helps Bring Authorized Beach Boys Biopic To TV

As CBS prepares to premiere its rock and roll docudrama, "Shake, Rattle And Roll: An American Love Story," next month, ABC is gearing up for its own planned music miniseries based upon the life and times of The Beach Boys.

Titled "The Beach Boys: An American Story," the four-hour, two-part program is being executive produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, who handled "Double Platinum" and the upcoming "Annie" miniseries.

Former "Full House" star and occasional Beach Boys drummer John Stamos is also co-executive producing "The Beach Boys," which an ABC press spokesperson described as "the authorized tale of the legendary surf group's early years," particularly the Wilson brothers' struggles with one another as well as with their manager/father.

Stamos played percussion on The Beach Boys' number one hit, "Kokomo," in 1988, and he lent vocals to the group's 1992 album, "Summer In Paradise."

Actor Frederick Weller has been cast as the group's mercurial leader, Brian Wilson;

Nick Stabile will portray Dennis Wilson, and Ryan Northcott will play Carl Wilson. Rounding out the primary casting are Matt Letscher as the group's Mike Love and Ned Vaughn as Al Jardine.

Production on "The Beach Boys: An American Story" just began this week, and the series isn't expected to air until later this season, possibly as early as February of next year.