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Photo Credit:  Showtime
  • Premiered: 
    June 26, 2016
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  • Network: Showtime
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Dramedy
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Cameron Crowe 
  • Subject Matter: Musical
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Plot Synopsis

Created by Cameron Crowe, ROADIES is a one-hour comedy-drama series that 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 series chronicles the rock world through the eyes of music's unsung heroes and pays homage to the backstage workers who put the show on the road in the United States while touring for the successful arena-level group, The Staton-House Band. Bill Hanson is the tour manager for the Staton-House Band is road-weary and sleep deprived, but he absolutely loves music and he loves what he does. He is a childhood friend of the band's lead singer, and has spent much of his adult life hanging out with them in one way or another. With a girl in every city, he is definitely living the rock lifestyle, but he nevertheless enjoys a "work marriage" with Shelli, whom people regularly mistake for his actual wife. Shelli, the production manager, is the true brains of the operation. She is always quick to get Bill going, and steer him in the right direction. Her no-nonsense style makes her somewhat feared by the rest of the crew, but she is not completely without a heart. Even though she shares a "work marriage" with Bill, she is is actually married to another roadie who works on a different tour. Kelly Ann is an electrician and spends a lot of her time high above the stage rigging lights. She's also a mean skateboarder, and her ability to get around the huge arenas quickly on her board comes in handy. She has a tendency to be serious and has difficulty connecting with people, both of which make her self-conscious. Her twin brother Wes is also on the tour, which she is less than thrilled about. Reg, a money man sent from corporate to rein in tour expenses, is in the unenviable position of having to question everything and make cuts. This makes him wildly unpopular with the crew. He is also British and new to the music industry, which makes it even harder for him to fit in. But Reg is not without feelings, and he tries his best to assimilate and make friends in a hostile environment. Donna is the kick-ass sound engineer for the band, and is a tough lesbian who doesn't suffer fools. Constant relationship issues at home keep her on edge, but that doesn't stop her from choosing and playing the popular Song of the Day as the crew works. Milo revels in his road-worthy, slightly scuzzy charm. He is the dedicated and loyal bass guitar tech, in charge of making sure the guitars are ready for each show. He wants desperately to be cool, but he's ultimately a bit paranoid. Wes is the official espresso maker for the tour. He's also the Manny for the lead singer's impossibly ill-behaved son. He is friendlier and more popular than his sister, which makes her resent him like crazy.
On Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT, Showtime premiered the season finale of ROADIES. In the season ender, "The Load Out," a memorial for a rock legend at the LA Forum has a star-studded lineup; meanwhile, the crew faces an uncertain future. The death of a rock and roll legend brings together music's greatest for an all-star memorial at the famed L.A. Forum. The episode is inspired by guest star Jackson Browne's classic song of the same name, which he performs in the episode. The eclectic roster of guest star musicians who gather to pay tribute includes Eddie Vedder, Jim James, Nicole Atkins, Robyn Hitchcock, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig from Lucius, Joy Williams and Gary Clark Jr.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Bad Robot Productions
  • Produced by Vinyl Films
  • Produced by Dooley & Company Productions
  • In association with Warner Bros. Television