The past few years haven’t been too kind to Cameron Crowe. The Oscar-winning writer/director was raked over the coals for his last movie, the certifiable bomb Aloha, and is only a couple of titles removed from the misfire that was Elizabethtown (in there too sits We Bought A Zoo, which, to be fair, wasn’t a disaster, but is still, you know, We Bought A Zoo).
Given this checkered recent history, it makes sense that Crowe would want to downsize a little bit, and get back into what he knows best while doing so. Which brings us to Roadies, his new Showtime series, a 10-episode chronicle of life on the road for a major touring band as seen through the eyes of, you guessed it, the road crew. Given Crowe’s experience in that realm, which he of course channeled in 2000’s Almost Famous, it’s tough to imagine Roadies feeling anything less than authentic, despite early reports of some problems getting the show off the ground.
Roadies, which stars Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino and Imogen Poots among others, has a new trailer and while it’s a little light on specifics, it offers a distinctively happy — maybe even celebratory — vibe with regard to its subject matter. The show, which will cover life on the road for this band and its employees over the course of a 43-city, 60-show tour, also features My So-Called Life’s Winnie Holzman and everywhere-man JJ Abrams as executive producers, adding to the list of intriguing names attached to what appears to be a very ambitious project.
Roadies premieres Sunday, June 26, at 10 p.m. on Showtime.