Showtime has handed out a 10 episode series to Roadies, the half-hour comedy project from Cameron Crowe, Winnie Holzman And J.J. Abrams, TVWise has learned.
Penned and directed by Crowe, Roadies is described as an insider’s look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of “roadies” who live for music and the de facto family they’ve formed along the way. The series chronicles the rock world through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes and puts the spotlight on the backstage workers who put the show on the road while touring the United States for the successful arena-level group, The Staton-House Band.
The half-hour comedy, which was piloted earlier this year, is set up at Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot Productions and stars Luke Wilson (Enlightened), Carla Gugino (The Brink), Imogen Poots (The Look of Love), Rafe Spall (One Day), Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles), Colson Baker a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly (Beyond the Lights) and Ron White (Blue Collar Comedy Tour). Bryan Burke, Cameron Crowe, Winnie Holzman And J.J. Abrams serve as the executive producers.
“I’ve long wanted to work with J.J. and Winnie, and coming together to tell these stories has been beyond a blast,” said series creator Cameron Crowe. “Showtime has a great track record with music-based projects, and they’ve been wonderful partners. The actors are all so passionate about music too, and the whole show has the feeling of stories and music shared between friends. We can’t wait to bring it all to life in 2016.”
As with all projects in early stages of development, Roadies was not without its growing pains. Not long after scoring a pilot pick up more than a year ago the series producers started assembling a cast that included Christina Hendricks as co-lead Shelli, the band’s production manager. Before shooting began, however, certain aspects of the project were reconceived, leading to Hendricks’ exit. Spin City alum Carla Gugino was subsequently cast in the reconceived role, with the final pilot scoring big points with network execs.
Roadies joins a line-up of original series on Showtime that includes Homeland, The Affair, Masters Of Sex, Episodes (which they are now producing solo after the BBC pulled out as a co-producer), House Of Lies and Ray Donovan. It will be one of three new series to launch on the premium cable network in 2016, alongside financial drama Billion starring Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti, and the Andrew Dice Clay comedy DICE.