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Written by: 14 July 2016 One Comment

A road crew helps with a rock band’s major multi-city tour.

Seems like a decent enough synapsis for a TV series about the music business… so I took a look inside.

Roadies gives 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. Starring Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino and Imogen Poots. Rafe Spall, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor, Colson Baker a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly and Ron White star in the ensemble cast. Luis Guzman, Jacqueline Byers, Finesse Mitchell, Branscombe Richmond and Tanc Sade guest star. Created, written, executive produced and directed by Oscar® winner Cameron Crowe and executive produced by J.J. Abrams and Winnie Holzman.

The show is “an American comedy-drama television series created by Cameron Crowe. A ten-episode first season premiered on Showtime on June 26, 2016.” And after three episodes I would say its one of those comedies that isn’t actually funny, more entertaining which in itself isn’t a bad thing.

Unlike the other music biz themed show this year, Vinyl, Roadies doesn’t pretend to be some huge cultural event that actually misses the entire point, instead it seems happy to simply present the music side of the show as a backdrop for some good old relationship themes playing out – ones that are as old as TV drama as a format. What makes the show worth the effort is like with a lot of good to great TV the supporting cast, there are some really compelling characters that seem worth taking the trip with – god knows you wouldn’t for the band they work tirelessly for… but hey this is America.

Three episodes in and I’m sold on this in a “I’ll watch it and enjoy it until something better comes along” kind of manner… and if they can pull off another episode like the third in which a character is based on Bob Lefsetz is both lampooned and harpooned I’ll be kinda hooked – Silicon Valley this is not nor is it Nashville.

Oddly there’s been so much good telly I’ve indulged myself in of late to write about this particular shows seems a bit lightweight… given I could have posted about Preacher (awesome), season 2 of UnReal (makes you hate humanity, love it), Containment (well I like it), Star Trek Voyager (please don’t ask), Silicon Valley (bloody great), GOT (fuck off), Fear Of the Walking Dead (fear I’ll have to watch more of this more like – gobshite), Orange is the New Black (great), House of Cards (too good), Dark Matter (just don’t, ok), 12 Monkeys (stop watching this its rubbish), Cleverman (Aussie/NZ thang, has merit also pants) and and and prob more I can’t think of right now – read I spend too much time watching telly and not enough time weeping… oh how things change.

So in short, Roadies  -worth the price of admission (if free) and perfect for those moments you want to watch something but not something so good you really have to focus.

 

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  • Benny said:

    Sounds alright. I’m in a bit of a televisual lull lately despite all the things you’ve mentioned. Bojack horseman back soon though!

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