J.J. Abrams is amongst the executive producers on the backstage-based series
Showtime have served up a first glance at music industry-based TV series Roadies, a comedy which will focus on the back-stage shenanigans of the (fictional) Staton-House Band’s crew.
Directed by Cameron Crowe, the show also features J.J. Abrams and Winnie Holtzman on executive producer duties, and stars Luke Wilson and Imogen Poots.
The blurb describes the show as follows:
“Roadies gives 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 music-infused ensemble comedy 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 a successful arena-level band.”
Watch the first trailer – soundtracked by Eddie Vedder – below:
The opening line of the trailer – from Tom Petty – gives a taste, saying “I think the general public has no idea what roadies do. Bless ’em all, I just play the songs, they make the show happen.”
The ten-episode series will run through the early summer, and follows on from Crowe’s box office movies Vanilla Sky, Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous and We Bought A Zoo.
Crowe also remains a regular writer at Rolling Stone, where he once held a contributing editor role.