Showtime has some billionaires, rock stars, and crazy exes for you to meet.
Network president David Nevins announced three new pilot orders for the pay-cable channel during the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on Friday. First, Billions, a drama about an aggressive New York attorney who deals exclusively with obnoxious hedge fund billionaires. The show comes from a script by Andrew Ross Sorkin, with Brian Koppelman and David Levien on board to produce.
My Crazy-Ex Girlfriend, a half-hour comedy with musical elements, stars Rachel Bloom as a successful, driven, and possibly crazy woman who impulsively leaves her life in Manhattan to chase her ex-boyfriend to West Covina, California. Marc Webb will direct and executive produce, with a script by co-creators Aline Brosh McKenna and Bloom.
Finally, there’s the previously announced Roadies, the on-the-road band comedy written and directed by Cameron Crowe which Nevins all but confirmed is basically the TV sidekick of Crowe’s 2000 dramedy Almost Famous (which, let’s remember, was pretty fantastic).
“I wouldn’t say that,” the Showtime prez said when asked about the creative likeness between the two titles. “However, I just re-watched Almost Famous this past weekend with my 11-year-old and [there are] certain real similarities between the two.”
Roadies, from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and show runner Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life and Broadway’s Wicked), follows the day-to-day life of the eccentric crew members who follow a successful rock band on tour. The one-hour pilot for the potential half-hour series is clearly totally different from Crowe’s Oscar-winning movie Almost Famous, which follows the day-to-day life of the eccentric crew members who follow a successful rock band on tour.
“Obviously it’s a world that Cameron knows incredibly well and has enormous affection for,” Nevins continued. “I think there’ll be a lot of Almost Famous in it. Nothing would make me happier. That movie holds up so well. It’s a world and it’s a crew, the sort of blue-collar workers who do it. The blue-collar vibe of a roadie crew [is] something that Cameron loves and has a lot to say about it. I just love the script. It’s a big ensemble with a lot of really memorable characters and I just feel like it’s what he does best.”