Cameron Crowe is getting back to his rock ‘n’ roll roots with a Showtime pilot called Roadies. The comedy from the Rolling Stone reporter turned Almost Famous filmmaker focuses on a major rock tour from the perspective of the people who keep the show running behind the scenes.
“We’re fans of crews, those workers up on the rigging towers, or walking feverishly with eight phones on their belt,” Crowe said in a statement. “Those quietly devoted people live huge lives, they’re often the real keepers of the flame.”
Crowe will executive produce alongside Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life) and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot. Holzman will erve as showrunner. Crowe brought along longtime casting director Gail Levin (Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky) to help build the series.
“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,” Abrams said. “Roadies is Cameron Crowe at his most musically passionate, colorful character best.”
Roadies marks Bad Robot’s first comedy for a cable channel and Crowe’s first foray into television.