TV Show Reviews
"Roadies" review by Suzanne
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
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