Showtime Adds Christina Hendricks in ‘Roadies’
Since “Mad Men” is wrapping up after seven seasons, one of its stars, Christina Hendricks, has set her sights on her next project. The Emmy-nominated actress will be joining Luke Wilson in Cameron Crowe’s comedy series “Roadies,” which is slated to air next year on Showtime. Read on for more about this news.
According to Deadline, the 39-year old star will portray the role of Shelli, the production manager. Her character is described as tough, emotional and very much married to her job. Shelli will be working alongside Wilson’s Bill, the band’s tour manager.
Hendricks is the latest star to join the comedy series, whose main story is centered on the production crew of a rock and roll band going on a road tour. The rest of the cast was announced earlier, as reported on MNG. The show will start filming in Vancouver by 2015, with Crowe writing and directing the pilot episode. Crowe was inspired to do “Roadies” based on his own experience as a young journalist covering touring bands.
“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,” said Crowe on Variety when “Roadies” was first announced as in development back in June.
This will be a reunion of sorts for Showtime and Hendricks, who actually landed her first role on television in the cable network’s drama series “Beggars and Choosers,” which aired for one season in 2000. Since then, Hendricks has had a busy career, appearing in many television shows as guests. But the actress made her mark and ascended to fame by taking on the role of Joan Holloway, and later, Joan Harris when her character married, in the award-winning series “Mad Men.”
The character of Joan dealt with rape, sexism and single parenthood in the 1960s. Her playing the part was so impressive that Harris has been cited by numerous award-giving bodies. This included five nominations for Best Supporting Actress in the Emmys.
“Mad Men” will air its final episodes in the spring of 2015.
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