No More ‘Roadies’ – Showtime Cancels the Cameron Crowe Series

Roadies Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino
Luke Wilson as Bill and Carla Gugino as Shelli in ‘Roadies’ (Photo: Katie Yu / Showtime)

It’s one and done for Showtime’s Roadies. It seems audiences just aren’t into shows centering on the behind-the-scenes lives of people in the music industry. First, HBO gave Martin Scorsese’s Vinyl a second season order only to take that back a few months later. FX just opted not to renew Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll for a third season. And now Cameron Crowe’s Roadies has not been renewed by Showtime. The one-hour drama/comedy ended its run after airing 10 episodes. Roadies premiered on June 26, 2016 and finished its first and only season up on August 28th.

The series was executive produced by Crowe, J.J. Abrams, and Winnie Holzman. The cast included Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor, Machine Gun Kelly, Luis Guzman, and Ron White.

Crowe wrote about the cancellation on his official website:

“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.”

Carla Gugino responded to Crowe’s statement via Twitter:

The Plot: Roadies 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 while touring for the successful arena-level group, The Staton-House Band.