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Showtime has found a new leading lady for Cameron Crowe‘s comedy pilot Roadies.
Wayward Pines alum Carla Gugino has replaced Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks in the comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The hourlong comedy follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the crewmembers who get the show on the road.
Gugino will take over the role of Shelli, previously portrayed by Hendricks. The role is being reconceived with producers opting to recast the role after the character was revamped. Sources say the decision to redevelop the role was a creative decision and not based on Hendricks’ performance — and that the actress and Crowe look forward to collaborating again in the future.
Gugino’s Shelli is described as the band’s production manager, a world-class multitasker, passionate music fan and tireless work partner to the band’s tour manager Bill (Luke Wilson). Their unique personal and professional relationship is forever crashing and colliding as they guide the daily events of the band and crew of roadies. (Hendricks’ Shelli was Bill’s ingenious work partner and described as tough but privately emotional, married to her job and scary good at it.)
Gugino (San Andreas) joins a cast that also includes Imogen Poots (The Look of Love), Rafe Spall (One Day), Keisha Castle-Hughes (Game of Thrones, Whale Rider), Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles) and Colson Baker aka Machine Gun Kelly (Beyond the Lights).
Crowe, who won the best original screenplay Oscar for 2000 rock drama Almost Famous, is writing and directing the pilot — with Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life) and J.J. Abrams on board to executive produce the comedy from Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot, Vinyl Films and Dooley & Company Productions. Holzman will serve as showrunner, with Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk and Kathy Lingg on board as EP and co-EP, respectively.
The casting brings Gugino, who can currently be seen on HBO’s The Brink, back to Showtime following her role in Californication. She’s repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Sloane Offer.
Hendricks, meanwhile, subsequently booked the female lead in SundanceTV’s Hap and Leonard.
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