Showtime has handed a pilot order to Roadies, a half-hour comedy about the crew members on a successful rock tour which hails from Cameron Crowe, Winnie Holzman And J.J. Abrams.
Roadies follows a hot-ticket tour, but with a simple twist: the band is in the background and the roadies take the spotlight. The project is described as “an inside look” at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of characters who live for music and the de facto family they’ve formed along the way.
The script for Roadies was penned by Almost Famous scribe Cameron Crowe, who will also direct the pilot. Winnie Holzman is onboard as the showrunner and will executive produce alongside Crowe, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burke. The comedy is being produced by Bad Robot Productions, Vinyl Films and Dooley & Company Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television.
“Cameron Crowe is one of my all-time movie heroes,” said David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks. “Winnie Holzman created and wrote one of my favorite TV shows ever. J.J., among many other things, is a consummate television producer. Best of all: the comedy script they’ve come up with together is brilliant, original and full of life.”
Writer and director Cameron Crowe commented: “I love that we’re finally doing Roadies. J.J. and I have been talking about it for some time. We’re fans of crews, those workers up on the rigging towers, or walking feverishly with eight phones on their belt. Those quietly devoted people live huge lives, they’re often the real keepers of the flame. So happy to also be telling these stories with Showtime, and also with one of my very favorite writer-producers ever, Winnie Holzman. Let’s get this show on the road!”
While J.J. Abrams added: “Roadies is Cameron Crowe at his most musically passionate, colorful character best. We had been talking about the series for so long, but when he actually handed me the script, it was funnier and sweeter and wilder than I had ever imagined. Showtime is the perfect home for these characters – and there is no one I’ve been hoping to work with more than the truly brilliant Winnie Holzman.”