Showtime picks up the comedy pilot “Roadies” from “Almost Famous” helmer Cameron Crowe with “Star Trek” director/producer J.J. Abrams. Want to know more? Check out Movie News Guide’s (MNG) post on the latest scoop about Showtime’s “Roadies.”
The upcoming ensemble comedy is created by Cameron Crowe with “My So-Called Life” creator Winnie Holzman as the series showrunner. It is executive produced by Crowe and Holzman with J. J. Abrams through Warner Bros. Television and Abrams’ Bad Robot production company.
“Roadies” will feature the everyday life of the “music’s unsung background players” to the several successful band acts and concerts tours. According to Oxford Dictionary, the slang term “Roadies” pertains to crew members and technicians who tour along with the music artists or acts. They were hired to set up and maintain the equipment used by the touring band.
It seemed that the series will be quite close to Crowe’s previous experience as a “Rolling Stones” reporter in the 70’s. His experience at covering these musical events had given him the idea for his film, “Almost Famous” starring Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup and Kate Hudson. The well-received film had brought him several prestigious accolades and made a mark in the film industry.
The “Roadies” pilot will also achieve several milestones for Crowe, Abrams and the pay cable network, Showtime. If the pilot gets picked up, it will mark Crowe’s debut as a creator/executive producer/writer of a TV series for the first time. Some of his film credits include “Jerry Maguire,” “Vanilla Sky,” “Elizabethtown,” and “We Brought a Zoo.”
It’s also the first time that Abrams’ “Bad Robot” will take on a project with a cable network rather than the usual selection of broadcast networks. Abrams got several successful series under his name including “Alias,” “Lost,” “Fringe” and CBS’ “Person of Interest,” which is set to return next season. He also had a few that didn’t make the cut such as the now-cancelled series “Revolution,” “Almost Human” and “Believe.” He had directed several films including “Mission: Impossible III,” “Super 8,” “Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and the upcoming “Star Wars Episode VII.”
Moreover, Deadline also reported that “Roadies” is the network’s first dip into comedy since “Happyish,” which was supposed to star the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Unfortunately, his unfortunate death in an apparent drug intoxication in February 2014 had endangered the future of “Happyish.”
The creative duo of Crowe and Abrams explained the inspiration they got from “road crews” for the series. Abrams also praised “Roadies” for bringing out “Cameron Crowe at his most musically passionate, colorful character best.”
“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 in the Deadline article.
And that’s it for MNG’s feature about Showtime as it orders “Roadies” from Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams. Aside from the pilot order, there are no updates on who’s going to join on board as cast members or the roles that they are set to portray. Until then, check out Movie News Guide (MNG) regularly for the latest news about “Roadies,” as well as other entertainment news.
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