Not too long after New Year’s Day, we learned about FX ordering a new pilot from their “Rescue Me” star Denis Leary, and now that pilot has been given the glorious honor of becoming a full fledged series.
FX announced today an order for 10 episodes of Leary’s half-hour comedy series “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.” Leary is starring in the series that he wrote and will executive produce, but he’s also joined by John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix and Bobby Kelly. For a more detailed impression of what to expect from the show, here’s the official synopsis:
“Johnny Rock” (Leary) is a middle-aged rock ‘n roller who desperately wanted to be rich and famous. So far, he’s 0 for 2. As the magnificently talented lead singer of New York’s legendary early 90’s band The Heathens, Johnny was on his way to the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. His best friend “Flash” (Corbett) was being called the next number one lead guitar player on planet earth. The critics loved them. Their live shows were selling out.
But Johnny had a problem with booze. And coke. And weed. And pills. And cough medicine. And oh yeah – he slept with Flash’s wife. And his bass player’s fiancé. The band broke up the same day their first and only record was released. 25 years later Johnny is trying to get the band back together. Why? Because as his soon-to-be-ex manager Ira Feinbaum tells him: “Johnny, you’re 50, broke and completely anonymous. In rock ‘n roll you know what that makes you? A bartender.” 25 years later the sex might be harder to find, the drugs might be Luvox and Crestor and Cialis – but rock ‘n roll will never die. It just has a bigger prostate.
This sounds like a wholly original premise for a show, and a treat for rock fans since the series will feature original music and cameos from real rock stars as well. FX President Eric Schrier offered some nice publicity fluff saying, “It’s great to be back in business with Denis Leary, Jim Serpico and Tom Sellitti, and we’re thrilled to start on a new project that is both unique and hilarious. Johnny Rock is the role that Denis Leary was born to play.” We’re just wondering if Leary was born with that mullet.
Staying true to form, Leary joked around while also talking about his excitement for the show finding a home at FX saying, “They have a great platform for comedy, an award-winning marketing team and an amazing new espresso machine in the conference room. The Gran Maestria C520 Platinum? Get this: it heats the cup! Also, doing this show with FX will allow me to live one of my last show-business dreams: Emmy-winner Peter Tolan will be playing my gay stepdad. I know what you’re thinking – isn’t Peter just a few years older than Denis? In fact, we are the same exact age. I’m just prettier.”
News of this series getting picked up and also Showtime’s work on the series “Roadies” with Cameron Crowe, it sounds like old school rock and roll might be in for a bit of a revival on the small screen. “Sex& Drugs&Rock&Roll” will premiere on FX sometime in 2015, so stay tuned for more.
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