It was only a matter of time.
After FX announced it was working on a pilot that would bring Denis Leary back to cable TV, everybody assumed it wouldn’t take long until the project got the greenlight. Today executives officially did just that and gave Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll a series order with an eye on a 2015 launch.
Leary, who starred on the Emmy nominated Rescue Me for seven seasons, will again headline but this time as Johnny Rock, a middle age rock musician that FX president of original programming Eric Schrier (half-kiddingly) said in a statement was a “role that Denis Leary was born to play.”
Rock was at one point the frontman of a group called “The Heathens,” but while the critics and fans loved them, the talented singer had his own love…booze (and drugs and weeds and pills and his best friend’s girl). The dark comedy picks up 25 years as Rock tries to get the band back together in one last attempt to make his mark.
John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix and Bobby Kelly will co-star and often be joined by real-life rock stars making guest appearances. Leary penned the pilot which will also at times feature original music.
With the addition of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, FX will now have two big name comedies on its 2015 slate including Billy Crystal and Josh Gad’s The Comedians. The move also comes at a time where FX has made a huge effort to bolster its comedy lineup which includes summer rookies You’re the Worst and Married alongside season two of drama The Bridge and new series The Strain.