Cameron Crowe's wonderful "Almost Famous" already gave us a look at a world of rock stars, groupies and music journalists, but his latest endeavor takes a look at the unexamined. "Roadies," a comedy TV pilot ordered by Showtime, will follow the lives of a group of crew members who tour with a rock group.
Crowe has written and is expected to direct the pilot -- Tony nominee Winnie Holzman ("My So Called Life," "Wicked") will executive produce and serve as showrunner. Also executive producing are J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and Kathy Lingg, all of whom also worked on CBS's "Person of Interest."
"Cameron Crowe is one of my all-time movie heroes," Showtime president David Nevins said. "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."
We'll have to see if "Roadies" will be another addition to Showtime's already wit-and-sex-filled lineup ("Californication," "Masters of Sex") or if it will be a sweeter glance at a group of people who never seem to make it under the spotlight.