While Jerry Garcia has been dead for so long he appeared as a ghost in 1998’s Half Baked, interest in the Grateful Dead has never gone away. The surviving members did some shows this past summer to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band, and there has been talk that they will tour alongside guitarist and one time late night fill-in host John Mayer. The Grateful Dead will be going from stage to screen, though, thanks to a new “limited bio-series” about the band.
The currently unnamed show is coming to Amazon Studios, which has become an increasing force in the world of television, especially if you listen to the Golden Globes. The show is being based on the book Home Before Daylight: My Life on the Road with the Grateful Dead, which was written by longtime roadie for the band Steve Parish. Bob Weir, one of the cofounders of the band, and Parish are both executive producers, so the band will clearly have some pull in terms of the shape the show takes.
There is still a ways to go before this show actually takes to the internet, but Grateful Dead fans are devoted enough that their excitement will likely sustain until then. If nothing else, Amazon knows that Trey Anastasio will be watching. And maybe Crow.