By Philippe Bowgen
18 Jun 2014
The announcement of the pilot order was given June 18 by Showtime president David Nevins.
The pilot is billed by the network as follows, "'Roadies' follows a hot-ticket tour, but with a simple twist: the band is in the background and the roadies take the spotlight. It’s 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."
Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, known for a string of hit series including "Person of Interest," "Fringe" and "Felicity," will produce along with Vinyl Films and Dooley & Company Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. Holzman will serve as showrunner on the production.
Statements from the production and creative time all reference a long-time desire and satisfaction to finally have the project underway with this specific theatre and television power-house team. Holzman is quoted as saying, "The opportunity to work with Cameron Crowe is both an honor and a dream come true," and Abrams is quoted in a statement saying, "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...and there is no one I've been hoping to work with more than the truly brilliant Winnie Holzman."