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Trailer: Luke Wilson Stars In Cameron Crowe's New Show, 'Roadies'
Cameron Crowe, native Southern Californian, teenage journalism prodigy and filmmaker behind Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Almost Famous and, um, Aloha, is coming for your television screens with a new series for Showtime called Roadies.
As the L.A. Times reports, J.J. Abrams, along with Crowe and Winnie Holzman, will serve as executive producer of the show. Holzman is best known for creating the classic '90s sitcom My So-Called Life.
Starring beloved Tenenbaum Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, and Keisha Castle-Hughes (remember Whale Rider!), Roadies will focus on the work and lives (and of course, loves!!) of the people who tour with a band, ensuring the shows themselves actually happen (they are, after all, #theroadies). As we are told via text quote from Tom Petty in the newly-released trailer, "I think the general public has no idea what roadies do. Bless 'em all. I just play the songs. They make the show happen." The trailer also makes it clear that roadies live, laugh, and love.
The trailer has us feeling... a bit dubious, upon first impressions. I love a good behind-the-scenes conceit in a TV show, (a la Lifetime's UnReal, which chronicles the production team behind a show based on The Bachelor). But it could be a little too cheesy, as Crowe is wont to do. One of the character says, "There's only two things you need to survive in this life: oxygen... and family." Ouch.
According to Indiewire, the show suffered some major setbacks early in production; Gugino's role was originally supposed to be played by Mad Men's Christina Hendricks. Still, they've pulled it together in time for a summer release: Roadies premieres June 26 at 10 p.m. on Showtime.
Will you be watching?