Nothing can stop Cameron Crowe — not losing one of his stars; not reformatting half-hour episodes to fit in an hour-long timeslot; not rumored reshoots; not even the critical drubbing or general incoherency of “Aloha.” Showtime is forging ahead with “Roadies,” picking up the music-infused backstage look at a tight-knit group of rock band supporters.
Starring Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots and Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes, the official synopsis reads as follows: “Created by Crowe, ‘Roadies’ is an insider’s look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of ‘roadies’ who live for music and the de facto family they’ve formed along the way. The series chronicles the rock world through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes and puts the spotlight on the backstage workers who put the show on the road while touring the United States for the successful arena-level group, The Staton-House Band.”
Wilson plays the band’s tour manager while Gugino — taking over for Christina Hendricks, who dropped out after her character was “entirely revamped” — is the production manager. Both have a “unique” professional and personal relationship that becomes intertwined in various ways as the band moves from city to city.
Crowe is on board to write, direct and executive produce the 10-episode first season. Joining him as EPs are Winnie Holzman, an Emmy and Tony nominee, as well as J.J. Abrams and his longtime collaborator Bryan Burke. Pearl Jam’s manager, Kelly Curtis, has signed on as a producer and music supervisor.
“I’ve long wanted to work with J.J. and Winnie, and coming together to tell these stories has been beyond a blast,” Crowe said 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.”
“Roadies” marks the first project for Crowe since the disastrous May release of “Aloha.” After the Sony leak exposed the studio heads’ displeasure for the picture, critics savaged the star-studded project before it cratered at the box office. Crowe will be looking to rebound on TV, following a long line of respected writers and directors who turned to the small screen to better showcase their personal dramas.