Roadies (TV series)

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Roadies
Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Cameron Crowe
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Iain Paterson
  • Peter Schindler
  • Kelly Curtis
  • Tamara Isaac
Cinematography
Editor(s)
  • Joe Hutshing
  • Jon Dudkowski
  • David Bilow
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network Showtime
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release June 26 – August 28, 2016
External links
Website

Roadies is an American comedy-drama television series created by Cameron Crowe. A ten-episode first season premiered on Showtime on June 26, 2016.[1][2] The pilot episode was written and directed by Crowe.[1]

On September 16, 2016, Showtime announced that the series would not be renewed for a second season.[3][4]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Luke Wilson as Bill Hanson, the tour manager of The Staton-House Band, a fictional arena-level group from Denver.[5] A recovering alcoholic, Hanson has a reputation for dating much younger women.
  • Carla Gugino as Shelli Anderson, the tour's production manager. Though married, her relationship with Hanson is more than professional.
  • Imogen Poots as Kelly Ann Mason, a recently hired lighting rigger with the Staton-House road crew. She is torn between attending film school and staying on with the band.
  • Rafe Spall as Reg Whitehead, financial advisor from England; he is nicknamed "Double D" (D-bag Dawson) by the crew. He soon realizes, much to his horror, that he has been brought on board to break up the band.
  • Keisha Castle-Hughes as Donna Mancini, soundboard operator.
  • Peter Cambor as Milo, bass guitar tech.
  • Colson Baker as Wesley "Wes" Mason, a recently fired Pearl Jam roadie and twin brother of Kelly Ann; his sunny disposition and dependability soon earn him a spot with the Staton-House crew. Wes also serves as nanny to the troubled son of The Staton-House Band lead singer Tom Staton
  • Ron White as Phil, King of the Road. Fired by Whitehead, Phil soon returns to the Staton-House organization at the band's request.

Recurring[edit]

  • Catero Alain Colbert as Tom Staton, lead singer of The Staton-House Band[6]
  • Tanc Sade as Christopher House, guitarist and songwriter of The Staton-House Band. The relationship between him and vocalist Staton is strained, and the two barely speak to each other.
  • Christopher Backus as Rick, hard-partying bassist with The Staton-House Band.
  • Jacqueline Byers as Natalie Shayne, a fanatical groupie banned from the band's performances. She eventually marries bassist Rick and helps him curb his heavy drinking.
  • Brian Benben as Preston, Staton-House Band manager. It is Preston who brings Reg Whitehead to America with the secret (even to Whitehead) plan of breaking up the band, as he surmises Tom Staton will be more profitable as a solo act.
  • Luis Guzmán as Gooch the crew tour bus driver.
  • Ethan Michael Mora as Winston, the ill-behaved son of Tom Staton, lead singer of The Staton-House Band
  • Joy Williams as Janine Beckwith, former girlfriend of Christopher House and subject of Staton-House's most beloved song "Janine".
  • David Spade as himself, star of recurring show-within-the-show Dead Sex ("the only way to stay alive, once exposed, is to have sex every nine days"), also MC for the band in episode "Corporate Gig".

Production[edit]

The soundtrack consists of indie music songs, featuring on screen performances and cameo interactions by: The Head and the Heart, Reignwolf, Lindsey Buckingham, Lucius, Halsey, Jim James, Phantogram, John Mellencamp, Eddie Vedder, Robyn Hitchcock, Jackson Browne, Greg Leisz, Gary Clark Jr. and Nicole Atkins.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
1"Life is a Carnival"Cameron CroweCameron CroweJune 13, 2016 (2016-06-13) (online)
June 26, 2016 (2016-06-26) (Showtime)
0.348[7]
2"What Would Phil Do?"Cameron CroweWinnie HolzmanJune 27, 2016 (2016-06-27) (online)
July 3, 2016 (2016-07-03) (Showtime)
0.353[8]
3"The Bryce Newman Letter"Cameron CroweCameron CroweJuly 10, 2016 (2016-07-10)0.329[9]
4"The City Whose Name Must Not Be Spoken"Jeffrey ReinerHannah FriedmanJuly 17, 2016 (2016-07-17)0.262[10]
5"Friends and Family"Allison Liddi-BrownDavid J. RosenJuly 24, 2016 (2016-07-24)0.291[11]
6"Longest Days"Jonathan KasdanCameron Crowe & Tom KapinosJuly 31, 2016 (2016-07-31)0.242[12]
7"Carpet Season"Julie Anne RobinsonDavid J. RosenAugust 7, 2016 (2016-08-07)0.310[13]
8"The All Night Bus Ride"Sam JonesCameron CroweAugust 14, 2016 (2016-08-14)0.286[14]
9"The Corporate Gig"Jon KasdanCameron Crowe & Winnie HolzmanAugust 21, 2016 (2016-08-21)0.345[15]
10"The Load Out"Cameron CroweCameron Crowe & Winnie HolzmanAugust 28, 2016 (2016-08-28)0.308[16]

Reception[edit]

On Metacritic, season one of Roadies holds a score of 47, indicating "mixed or average reviews" based on 30 critics.[17]

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 36% of critics gave the first season a positive review, saying "Roadies' condescending tone, boring and underdeveloped characters, and lack of dramatic intrigue lead to a failure to rock."[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Littleton, Cynthia (October 14, 2015). "Showtime Gives Series Pickup to Cameron Crowe-J.J. Abrams Comedy 'Roadies'". Variety. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (February 12, 2016). "Cameron Crowe's Roadies Gets Showtime Premiere Date, First Trailer". TVLine. Retrieved February 12, 2016. 
  3. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (September 16, 2016). "'Roadies' Cancelled After One Season at Showtime". Variety. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ Roots, Kimberly (September 16, 2016). "Roadies Cancelled at Showtime". TV Line. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 3, 2015). "Carla Gugino Replaces Christina Hendricks in Showtime's Cameron Crowe Pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  6. ^ Pedersen, Erik (31 March 2016). "Catero Alain Colbert Sings For Showtime's 'Roadies'; Todd Williams Joins TNT's 'Good Behavior'". 
  7. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (June 28, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.26.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved June 28, 2016. 
  8. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (July 6, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.3.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  9. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (July 12, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.10.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  10. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (July 19, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.17.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved July 19, 2016. 
  11. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (July 26, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.24.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 
  12. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 2, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.31.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  13. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 9, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.7.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  14. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 16, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.14.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  15. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 23, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.21.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  16. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 30, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.28.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved August 30, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Roadies". Metacritic. 
  18. ^ "Roadies". Rotten Tomatoes. 

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