FX Cancels Denis Leary Comedy Series ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’

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SDRRFX has cancelled their comedy series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, created by and starring Rescue Me alum Denis Leary after two ten episode seasons, TVWise has confirmed.

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll tells the story of Johnny Rock, a middle-aged rock ‘n roller. Back in the 90s, just as his band The Heathens were on the brink of success, they broke up thanks to his substance abuse problems and the fact that he slept with the lead guitarist’s wife. Now 25 years later Johnny is trying to get the band back together.

The half-hour comedy series hailed from FX Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios and featured a cast that included Denis Leary (Rescue Me), John Corbett (Parenthood), Elizabeth Gillies (Victorious), Elaine Hendrix (Fetching) and Bobby Kelly (Louie). Jim Serpico executive produces alongside series creator Denis Leary, who also serves as a writer and composer on Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.

Despite coming from Leary, who has a very warm relationship with FX execs after fronting their breakout original series Rescue Me for seven seasons, SDRR struggled in the ratings in both its seasons. The show never broke the one million viewers mark and in its most recent season was hovering around a live+same day audience of 0.4 million viewers. The show did only marginally better in time-shifted viewing. The network does deserve credit for even taking the series to a second season, on the hopes the audience would grow, based on little more than their faith in Leary and the show.

FX’s decision to cancel the half-hour series, which was first reported by Deadline, comes mere days after the network cancelled another Fox 21 Television Studios produced series: the Adam Rayner fronted Middle-East drama Tyrant. That said, Fox 21 Television Studios President Bert Salke is actively shopping Tyrant to other buyers, particularly Hulu, in hopes of securing a fourth season; while they are not expected to do the same for Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.