Cameron Crowe is transitioning from film to television, at least for a momentary detour, with Showtime’s new series “Roadies.” It’s a return to the music world from the “Almost Famous” director, who in recent years has seen diminishing silver-screen returns: “We Bought a Zoo” and “Aloha” weren’t quite cultural phenomena on the level of “Jerry Maguire.” Watch the show’s second trailer now.
The merry band of backstage hands find their world interrupted by a suit from the record company controlling the tour they’re on, the kind of corporate interloper who exists mainly to emphasize just how cool our heroes are. Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots and Rafe Spall lead the cast.
“Roadies” has been described as “maybe kind of like ‘Downton Abbey’ with roadies instead of butlers” by me, just now, so it’s something to get excited about. Crowe, who executive-produced “Roadies” along with J.J. Abrams, Winnie Holzman and Bryan Burk, also wrote and directed the pilot. The ten-episode first season begins on June 26.