Rock is dead: Third rock-and-roll cable series axed since June

By James Hibberd
Updated September 16, 2016 at 09:09 PM EDT
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The show’s over for Roadies.

Showtime has decided not to renew Cameron Crowe’s musical dramedy series for a second season. Roadies starred Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, and Keisha Castle-Hughes as behind-the-scenes players of a touring rock band. The show stood as a creative cousin to Crowe’s hit roadie movie Almost Famous.

The cancelation seems to be part of trend. Roadies is actually the third cable show exploring the business of rock-and-roll to be shut down in recent months. HBO’s high-priced period drama Vinyl was axed in June after just one low-rated season. And just last week, FX decided not to order a third season of Denis Leary’s Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. Obviously a drama exploring the music industry can work — just look at Fox’s hip-hop drama Empire. But perhaps the rock genre just comes across too dated at this point?

Crowe posted a statement about Showtime’s decision, where the writer-producer wrote, “Though we could tell a thousand more stories, this run ends with a complete 10-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.”

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