Sorry, music fans. It’s officially the end of the road. As suspected last month, Roadies has been cancelled and won’t be back for a second season. While Showtime doesn’t rely on ratings like commercial channels do, this series failed to catch on with a large enough audience to warrant another season.
Created by Cameron Crowe, the Roadies comedy TV series gives an insider’s look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of the backstage workers. They’re touring the United States with a successful arena-level rock band. The cast includes Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor, Colson Baker, and Ron White.
The last episode of Roadies’ 10 installment run aired on August 28th. Today, Crowe took to his blog to talk about the series and to thank the cast, crew, and fans for their support.
The Last Load-Out
Thanks to Showtime and J.J. Abrams for the opportunity to make the one and only season of “Roadies.” My mind is still spinning from the giddy highs of working with this epic cast and crew. Though we could tell a thousand more stories, this run ends with a complete ten-hour tale of music and love. Like a song that slips under your skin, or a lyric that keeps speaking to you, we hope the spell of “Roadies” lingers. It was life-changing experience for all of us.
So much appreciation goes out to the sensational actors and crew who lived and breathed these stories and characters with their whole hearts. We became a family, our own music-loving troupe. Thanks also to the musicians who lived so comfortably in the world of acting. And thanks to all at Bad Robot, and Winnie Holzman, great collaborators all. Big thanks to our fans for watching and cheering us on. We’ll see you soon with a new project… and many of the same actors, I’m sure. Here’s a little glimpse of the last night of filming. This is what every day felt like.
Special Thanks to our directors and magic-makers like (get ready for some names!)… Irving Azoff, David Nevins, Robin Gurney, Gary Levine, Gail Levin, Thomas Yatzko, Kathy Lingg, “Mighty” Clay Griffith, Kelly Curtis, Ben “Socks” Stephenson, Peter Roth, Joel Schwartz, Tom Schnaidt, Mike DeGrazzio, David Bilow, Elliott Eisman, Neal Preston, Jon Kasdan, Gavin “Hai” Kleintop, Greg Mariotti, Andy Fischer, Cara McKeown, Joel Sinensky, David Spade(!), Peter Schindler, Len Goldstein, Katie McGrath, Tom “100%” Mackay, Michele Anthony, Eric “We Gave Up European Dates with Neil Young!” Johnson, and of course huge thanks to the real bright-light Roadie who loaned us her name and her indominable spirit – Kellianne Murphy.
What do you think? Did you like the Roadies TV show? Why do you think that it didn’t catch on with a larger audience?