Yet another film emigre to television is Cameron Crowe, a brainy writer-director who has not been well-served by the studio system. Showtime is producing an hour-long pilot for Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams's long-wished half-hour comedy "Roadies," which will focus on a group of characters that works behind-the-scenes on a traveling rock tour.
Showtime describes the proposed show as "an inside look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of characters who live for music and the de facto family they’ve formed along the way."
Crowe's a natural for this kind of story--his semi-autobiographical "Almost Famous" is still one of the definitive entries in the canon of rock-n-roll films--so it's not surprising that he'll be writing and directing the pilot. Abrams will executive produce, along with frequent collaborator Bryan Burk ("Lost") and "My So-Called Life" creator Winnie Holzman, who will work as showrunner.
"'Roadies' is Cameron Crowe at his most musically passionate, colorful character best," Abrams says in the statement released with the announcement. "We had been talking about the series for so long, but when he actually handed me the script, it was funnier and sweeter and wilder than I had ever imagined."
No word yet on casting or any premiere date.