2:32pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Cameron Crowe-J.J. Abrams Comedy 'Roadies' Gets Series Pickup at Showtime
Showtime is officially hitting the road with Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams.
The pay cabler has given a series order to the duo's comedy Roadies, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Crowe will write, direct and exec produce the hourlong comedy, which offers a backstage look into a tight-knit group of rock band "roadies." Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life), J.J. Abrams and his producing partner Bryan Burk (Lost) will also exec produce the series. Kathy Lingg (Fringe) is also attached as a co-exec producer on Roadies, which will be produced by by Bad Robot Productions, Vinyl Films and Dooley & Company Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Kelly Curtis, Pearl Jam's manager and a frequent Crowe collaborator, will also serve as a co-producer and music supervisor on the series.
Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, 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) star.
The series will go into production later this year for a 2016 launch.
"I’ve long wanted to work with J.J. and Winnie, and coming together to tell these stories has been beyond a blast," said Crowe in a statement. "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."
This is hardly Crowe's first foray into the world of rock 'n' roll. The former Rolling Stone journalist mined his experience for the magazine for his 2000 film Almost Famous. Roadies is Crowe's first TV series.
On Showtime, Roadies joins fellow hour-long comedy Shameless as well as half-hour series House of Lies and Episodes. Nurse Jackie signed off earlier this year and Happyish was canceled after just one season.
Watch a teaser for the series below: