Showtime Picks Up ‘Roadies’ & ‘Almost Famous’ Here We Come
Showtime has picked up Roadies, a comedy pilot penned by Oscar winnerCameron Crowe (Almost Famous) and chronicling the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the eyes of the unsung background players – the crew members who help get the show on the road.
“I wouldn’t say that,” the Showtime prez said when asked about the creative likeness between the two titles. “However, I just re-watched Almost Famous this past weekend with my 11-year-old and [there are] certain real similarities between the two.”
Roadies, from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and show runner Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life and Broadway’s Wicked), follows the day-to-day life of the eccentric crew members who follow a successful rock band on tour. The one-hour pilot for the potential half-hour series is clearly totally different from Crowe’s Oscar-winning movie Almost Famous, which follows the day-to-day life of the eccentric crew members who follow a successful rock band on tour.
“Obviously it’s a world that Cameron knows incredibly well and has enormous affection for,” Nevins continued. “I think there’ll be a lot of Almost Famous in it. Nothing would make me happier. That movie holds up so well. It’s a world and it’s a crew, the sort of blue-collar workers who do it. The blue-collar vibe of a roadie crew [is] something that Cameron loves and has a lot to say about it. I just love the script. It’s a big ensemble with a lot of really memorable characters and I just feel like it’s what he does best.”