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It’s time for Showtime’s summer season, which means we’re getting the first episode of the new series Roadies to watch in full (they might do the same for the new season of Ray Donovan coming up, but we’ll see). Roadies comes from writer and director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous), and marks not only his advent to television, but of yet another major filmmaker making the move to the small screen to tell their stories.
Roadies definitely has some Almost Famous vibes, and it’s sure to boast a killer soundtrack, but there are other elements to its (via recent trailers) that look like they border on the corny, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We don’t need every show to be full of dark cynicism. It’s ok to be happy! Having said that, the backstage antics of a band on the road are also sure to bring a lot of drama, and probably plenty of sex and drugs to go with the rock ‘n roll, so Hallmark Channel this ain’t.
Check out the new Roadies premiere episode below, and let us know what you think. The series debuts Sunday, June 26th At 10 p.m. on Showtime, and stars Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots,Rafe Spall, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor, Colson Baker, and Ron White. Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life, Wicked) serves as writer and executive producer, along with Emmy winners J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk (Lost), and Len Goldstein (Hart of Dixie).
Here’s the official synopsis:
Created by Oscar winner Cameron Crowe, ROADIES is 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.