Denis Leary Returns to FX With New Series Deadline
Denis Leary, who had a seven-season run on FX with "Rescue Me," is back on the network with a new series. Writing on Deadline.com, Dominic Patten reports that FX Networks ordered Leary's "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" to series.
The music comedy is on tap for 2015, with the deal for a 10-episode season just finalized.
"Created, written by and starring Leary, 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' centers on Johnny Rock, played by Leary. The lead singer of NYC’s legendary early-’90s band The Heathens, Rock is trying to get both his band and his life back together," Patten reports.
The cast includes John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies, Bobby Kelly and Elaine Hendrix.
"Leary and partner Jim Serpico are executive producing through their Apostle banner. It is produced by FX Productions and Fox Television Studios and will be filmed on location in New York City, with the plan to feature original music and occasional guest appearances by real rock stars," the story reports.
In announcing the pickup, Fox TV Studios President David Madden said: “We have been honored by long-standing collaborations with both FX and Apostle, so it’s gratifying for us to be able to break new ground with them both. Our partnership with Denis and Apostle has been one of our most fruitful ventures, and this time out fans will definitely see a different Denis. As both actor and writer, Denis plunges into dazzlingly original arenas of dark comedy and, along with a stellar veteran cast, the results are just really funny.”
Leary added: “I am extremely elated at the opportunity to once again be working with John Landgraf and the fine executive talent over at FX. They have a great platform for comedy, an award-winning marketing team and an amazing new Nespresso machine in the conference room. The Gran Maestria C520 Platinum? Get this: It heats the cup! Also, doing this show with FX will allow me to live one of my last show-business dreams: Emmy winner Peter Tolan will be playing my gay stepdad. I know what you’re thinking -- isn’t Peter just a few years older than Denis? In fact, we are the same exact age. I’m just prettier.”
The report notes that the new series joins Billy Crystal's "The Comedians" on the FX Networks comedy slate, as the company has been aggressively developing comedies.