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Showtime Gives Thumbs Up to Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams's 'Roadies' Pilot

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 19, 2014 at 2:18PM

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.
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Cameron Crowe

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.

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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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.