Showtime has given the go-ahead to a series created by “Jerry Maguire” director Cameron Crowe, with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams also on board. Deadline.com reports that the pay-cable channel officially ordered “Roadies,” which will roll out in 2016.
The project, which will also have Winnie Holzman and Bryan Burke as executive producers, is described in the report as a “music-infused, one-hour ensemble comedy” that provides “a backstage look into the lives of a tight-knit group of rock band ‘roadies.’”
The show is produced by Bad Robot Productions, Vinyl Films and Dooley & Company Productions, in association with Warner Bros. TV. The report notes that the format was expanded to a hour after first surfacing as a 30-minute show.
“The project had been a strong series contender from the pilot greenlight stage, though the process took awhile,” the story reports. “The series order came after the pilot, originally ordered in June 2014, recast a lead role, with Carla Gugino replacing Christina Hendricks, and underwent re-shoots.”