Comedy Series From Denis Leary Coming Back

Sep 23, 2015  •  Post A Comment

[Editor’s note: Updated Sept. 24, 2015, at 11:50 a.m. PT, to remove incorrect reference to Leary being a former “Saturday Night Live” star.]

A comedy series created by and starring comedian and actor Denis Leary has been picked up for a second season. FX Networks announced that it has ordered a 10-episode season of “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.”

Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions, made the announcement today. The series will return in 2016 with stars Leary, Elizabeth Gillies, John Corbett, Elaine Hendrix, Robert Kelly and John Ales.

The show has Leary’s stamp all over it. Besides creating and starring on the series, he is a writer, composer, director and executive producer on the show. Jim Serpico also executive produces the FX series from FX Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios.

Said Schrier: “We are thrilled with ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’ and it proved to one of the highest-rated new comedies on cable this year. We thank Denis and the rest of the cast, along with Jim Serpico and Tom Sellitti, for a terrific first season and look forward to indulging in more ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’ in season two.”

Added Leary: “The only thing that could make me happier about this announcement is if David Bowie decided to be a guest star during Season Two. In which case, my head would explode. Hopefully on-camera so we get a kickass viral video out of it. Not to mention awesome Live+3s. I look forward to once again creating new episodes of television with John Landgraf’s exceptional FX team. And scoring some cool ‘Bastard Executioner’ swag.”

The announcement notes: “‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’ centers on ‘Johnny Rock’ (Leary), lead singer of a legendary early ’90s New York band called The Heathens. Known for living up to their name, the band partied so long and so hard that even Keith Richards thought they needed to slow things down. The Heathens were on the brink of becoming famous for their kickass live shows and the release of their highly anticipated first album. Until they broke up. The same day the album dropped. Because lead guitarist Flash (Corbett) found Johnny in bed with his wife. So the band became legendary for all the wrong reasons — like self-destructing sooner than any group in rock-n-roll history. 25 years later, Johnny’s massively talented daughter Gigi (Gillies) reunites Johnny, Flash, and the rest of their dysfunctional rock and roll family — Bam Bam (Kelly), Rehab (Ales) and Ava (Hendrix) — to be her new backup band, The Assassins. Together they’ve got another shot at rock glory.”

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  1. Love that show!

  2. “Former SNL star”? Oops.

  3. What was your favorite Denis Leary character on SNL?

  4. Seriously TVWeek? Do you have a fact checker? Do you ever proofread? SMH…..

  5. Um…Dennis Miller was on SNL, man. Dennis Leary was on MTV.

  6. Oh yeah, Leary was great on SNL. My favorite Leary character was “the guy who was never on SNL”.

  7. “One of the highest rated comedies on cable this year”, is not a glowing endorsement.

  8. Hi Everyone. So some of you doubt that Denis Leary was a regular on “SNL,” as we wrote. Hmmm…sure he was. Wasn’t he the third Blues Brother? Certainly seemed like a good idea to mention he was on “SNL” when we wrote the story yesterday. Only, as so many of you know better than we did, he wasn’t. We have since corrected the story.

    Chuck Ross
  9. He would have been an asset on Saturday night live

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