FX has picked up comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll -- created by Dennis Leary -- to series, the cable network announced Monday.
Starring Leary, John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix and Bobby Kelly, SDRR centers on Johnny Rock (Leary), a middle-aged rock 'n' roller who desperately wanted to be rich and famous. So far, he's 0-for-2. As the magnificently talented lead singer of New York's legendary early 1990s band The Heathens, Johnny was on his way to the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. His best friend Flash was being called the next No. 1 lead guitar player on planet Earth. The critics loved them. Their live shows were selling out. But Johnny had a problem with booze. And coke. And weed. And pills. And cough medicine. And he slept with Flash's wife as well as his bass player's fiancee. The band broke up the same day their first and only record was released. Twenty-five years later, Johnny is now trying to get the band back together again because his soon-to-be-ex-manager Ira tells him he's a broke, anonymous bartender.
The comedy hails from Fox Television Studios and FX Productions and will premiere on FX in 2015. Leary's Apostle banner partner Jim Serpico executive produces the comedy, which filmed on location in New York City. The project will feature original music and occasional guest appearances by rock stars, FX said. Leary penned the pilot, which was directed by Michael Blieden. Leary and Serpico exec produce.
"It's great to be back in business with Denis Leary, Jim Serpico and Tom Sellitti, and we’re thrilled to start on a new project that is both unique and hilarious," said FX president of original programming Eric Schrier. "Johnny Rock is the role that Denis Leary was born to play."
Excited for this. Liz <3