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"Roadies" review by Suzanne 7/7/16
Sundays, 10/9c on Showtime

If you didn't already know this was written by Cameron Crowe, you would probably figure it out, if you're familiar with his work, especially the movie "Almost Famous."  As a former rock music critic, he knows all about rock music and that world.  This show is about the people who make sure the bands' live performances go smoothly.  I really enjoyed the first episode. The characters are very quirky but likable (not annoying).  The story was good. The dialogue is always fun in his movies, and that's still true here. In some ways, it reminds me of Aaron Sorkin dialogue at its best. Both writers have a gift for making dialogue that sounds great, almost musical.

There are three main stars of the show. Luke Wilson plays Bill, the tour manager. Carla Gugino (who's always great) plays Shelli, the production manager. The two of them work closely together as a great team. They are best friends and have romantic sparks, even though she's married.  We see a lot of the action through the eyes of Kelly Ann (Imogen Poots), a young electrician who starts the series feeling disenchanted with the life of a roadie. She aspires to be a film director.  This is a large ensemble show, so there are many others as well.  I enjoyed the music we heard, too, from the back-up band that they featured in the first episode.

Although it's a drama, it's mostly a fun and light show. It's something you'll really enjoy watching. It's not a downer at all.

The only thing I didn't like about the show was the band's name, "Staton-House Band." That's a terrible name. I can't imagine any real-life band would have such a lame moniker.  That's a small nitpick, though. I will definitely be watching this show when it comes out on DVD, since I don't get Showtime.

Check out the fake band's website (it's pretty cool):


Created by Oscar® winner Cameron Crowe, ROADIES is 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.

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