At the recent Television Critics Association event in Pasadena, California, actor Denis Leary introduced his new comedy series “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” to the press. The show, which will run on FX in a still undetermined date, is Leary’s returning bid on television, following the end of his last series “Rescue Me.” Learn more about this news story below.
In the press event, Leary was in high spirits while talking about “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.” It is a comedy which he created and produced for the cable network. He proudly proclaimed that the show has a breakout star in Elizabeth Gillies, who plays his daughter.
Gillies, 21, is no stranger to acting and performing as she has been in the Nickelodeon series “Victorious.” This new show, however, will be the first series where she’s playing an adult. The Hollywood Reporter (THR) says that the actress went to audition for her role and impressed the panel with an Aretha Franklin song.
“I had to have a girl who could really sing rock and roll, and would be willing to sing live on set because I wanted the vocals to be recorded live. I really wanted to capture the vocals live. Any audience at home now knows if you’re faking it,” said Leary, as published on THR, when the press asked about casting the role of his daughter.
“Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” centers on the story of Johnny Rock, a has-been rock star, who is taking another shot at his music career. As with many TV shows with its theme on music, such as “Glee” or “Empire,” the show will feature original songs that are being planned for release on iTunes.
Aside from Leary and Gillies, the show will also star John Corbett, Bobby Kelly and Elaine Hendrix. Leary disclosed that they have also asked real-life musicians to take part in the series. In fact, they already have Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs and Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters signing up for cameos.
Corbett, meanwhile, said that he was asked to become part of a musical TV series before and turned down the role in ABC’s “Nashville.” As a musician himself, Corbett expressed that he wanted to become part of “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” because he believes in the vision of its creator.
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Tune in for more updates on “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” here on Movie News Guide (MNG). The show is tentatively set to debut in the summer on FX.
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