Something awesome for music lovers – A new one-hour pilot, a comedy written & directed by Cameron Crowe titled, ‘Roadies’, has been picked up by the Showtime network. The show will follow the day & the life of the road crew for a successful touring rock band…
Keep in mind this is just a pilot episode – a standalone episode that is used to sell the show to a television network. Most pilots are never publicly screened if they fail to sell a series to a network. If the series is picked up, it’ll be Cameron Crowe’s first TV Project.
Cameron Crowe will executive produce the pilot, along with Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams and My So-Called Life creator Winnie Holzman.
“Cameron Crowe is one of my all-time movie heroes,” said Showtime Networks president David Nevins. “Winnie Holzman created and wrote one of my favorite TV shows ever. J.J., among many other things, is a consummate television producer. Best of all: The comedy script they’ve come up with together is brilliant, original and full of life.”
If you’re any fan of music & movies, then you’re familiar with the cult-classic Almost Famous that came out in 2000. Cameron Crowe directed the film and won an Oscar for it with best original screenplay. The film is loosely based on his own experience as a journalist for Rolling Stone magazine.
Cameron Crowe shared his own excitement for Roadies saying: “J.J. and I have been talking about it for some time. 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. So happy to also be telling these stories with Showtime, and also with one of my very favorite writer-producers ever, Winnie Holzman. Let’s get this show on the road!”
JJ Abrams acknowledged: “Roadies is Cameron Crowe at his most musically passionate, colorful character best. We had been talking about the series for so long, but when he actually handed me the script, it was funnier and sweeter and wilder than I had ever imagined.”
No, this isn’t reggae-related, but it sounds like an awesome series that puts spotlight on the people behind scenes that we take for granted, or simply don’t know about, who help make everything come to life with your live-show experience!
Stay tuned for more details on any potential premiere, production & casting!
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Article By: Mike Patti
Watch: Trailer – Almost Famous