Is it fair to say that Cameron Crowe has been on a bit of a losing streak? The 58-year-old filmmaker has had a rough go of things with his last three non-doc feature films (Aloha, We Built a Zoo and Elizabethtown) being received about as lovingly as dog poo stuck between two Iggy Azalea EPs. Those of us rooting for a return to form for Crowe have our eyes locked his new Showtime series, Roadies, and now there’s a freshly crafted trailer to dig through.
The latest entry into the Roadies trailer parade arrived today and it has the Almost Famous director once again back in the world of rock, this time in a 10 episode pay cable format. As you might suspect, this preview features loads of good looking people doing things backstage at rock concerts and the astute observation of “you people LOVE drama.” Indeed they do, although apparently stalkers and firecrackers are frowned upon in this dramasphere.
Here’s the helpful summary of the show provided by Showtime:
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. Starring Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino and Imogen Poots.
This is the point in our “hey, Roadies has a new trailer!” tour where we mention that Carla Gugino’s part was originally set to be played by Christina Hendricks. We choose to believe that Luke Wilson looking cheery and satisfied in a somewhat crowded bed was also part of the plan.
Crowe told the Los Angeles Times that this project has been kicking around for a while. Roughly eight years, in fact.
It came from a conversation with J.J. Abrams. He called me and goes “You know maybe this is weird and you never want to do it, but if you ever want to do TV, let’s do it together. And what if it’s about music? And I was at this concert last night and I looked up and there was this young woman who was on a rigging tower…” and it just took off from there. (Laughs.) And we pitched out the whole show.
Roadies is will premiere on Showtime on June 26.