Cameron Crowe Teaming Up with Bad Robot for ‘Roadies’ TV Series

By June 13, 2014
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If you’re a fan of Cameron Crowe’s rock infused coming-of-age film Almost Famous, then we have some good news.

Nikki Finke is reporting that the filmmaker behind the 2000 semi-autobiographical film about his time spent touring with rock legends like Led Zeppelin and Lynryd Skynyrd as a young journalist will return behind the scenes of rock and roll with a new TV series he’s developing with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot banner at Showtime.

The series would be an ensemble comedy called “Roadies,” and right now a pilot has been ordered that will be directed by Crowe himself before the end of 2014, marking his first venture into the small screen medium. Acting as showrunner would be Winnie Holzman, writer and executive producer of “My So-Called Life,” which sounds like a perfect pairing.

Cameron Crowe - Almost Famous

If for some reason you haven’t seen Almost Famous, it’s a spectacular piece of filmmaking full of passion for music, complete with an original and moving story of friendship, fame, and love of various kinds, not to mention some great performances by Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Jason Lee and one of the more quoted performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. And if you’ve only seen the theatrical cut of Almost Famous, go out of your way to watch the “bootleg” Untitled cut as soon as you can. It paints a much more thorough and stellar picture.

There aren’t many details on “Roadies” right now, but if the title is any indicator, it will follow a group of people working behind the scenes on some sort of concert tour. If it follows in the footsteps of Almost Famous, hopefully it’s set during the golden age of rock and roll. Maybe Stillwater can even have a cameo. Either way, you can be sure that we’ll be keeping our eye on this project as it develops. Showtime is extremely likely to pick this one up to series, unless the pilot somehow turns out to be a disaster, which we can’t imagine happening with the great talent involved here.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.