Created by Oscar winner Cameron Crowe, Showtime’s new original series Roadies is an insider’s look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of “roadies,” who live for music and the de facto family they’ve formed along the way. The music-infused ensemble comedy series chronicles the rock world through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes and puts the spotlight on the backstage workers who put the show on the road while touring the United States for a successful arena-level band.
The new series stars Luke Wilson (Idiocracy, Old School, The Royal Tenenbaums) as Bill, the tour manager of The Staton-House Band, who are a successful arena-level group. Carla Gugino (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Night at the Museum) plays Shelli, the tour’s production manager. The rest of the main cast includes Imogen Poots (Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping), Rafe Spall (The Big Short), Keisha Castle-Hughes (Game of Thrones), Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles), Colson Baker a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly (rapper), and comedian Ron White.
There are some notable recurring cast members as well in Roadies. Rainn Wilson (The Office, Adventure Time) plays Bryce Newman, an extremely self-important music journalist. Christopher Backus (The O.C., It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Sons of Anarchy) will be playing Rick, a bass player and member of the Staton House Band. And finally, Catero Alain Colbert (American Dad!, CSI: NY, About a Boy) is Tom Staton, lead singer of the Staton House Band.
In addition to Roadies being created, produced, written, and directed by Cameron Crowe, the series is also being executive produced by J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lost) and Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life). Here’s what they have to say about the new show.
In the first episode, we meet the loyal crew of the Staton-House Band, a makeshift family of roadies and passionate music lovers. Led by tour manager Bill Hanson and production manager Shelli Anderson, this committed group of roadies works tirelessly to make the show happen every night. But all of their lives are about to change with the sudden arrival of Reg Whitehead, a slick British financial advisor hire to over haul the tour’s finances.
Roadies premieres on Showtime Sunday, June 26th at 10pm ET/PT. Check out this clip featuring comedian Ron White as he “welcomes us to the family.”