FX Denis Leary Comedy ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’ Gets Full Series Order
A ways back we were intrigued to learn that ‘Rescue Me’ and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man‘ alum Denis Leary would return to FX for an all-new comedy titled ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,’ and while the premise seemed a little flat, the music lives on. FX has officially given a series order to ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,’ releasing the first photos of Leary in character as well.
Written by and starring Leary among a cast that includes John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix and Bobby Kelly, here’s how the network describes its newest comedy, the cumbersomely-titled ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,’ officially greenlit for 10 episodes to begin airing in 2015:
SDRR is centered 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 90’s band The Heathens, Johnny was on his way to the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. His best friend “Flash” (Corbett) was being called the next number one 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 oh yeah – he slept with Flash’s wife. And his bass player’s fiancé. The band broke up the same day their first and only record was released. 25 years later Johnny is trying to get the band back together. Why? Because as his soon-to-be-ex manager Ira Feinbaum tells him: “Johnny, you’re 50, broke and completely anonymous. In rock ‘n roll you know what that makes you? A bartender.” 25 years later the sex might be harder to find, the drugs might be Luvox and Crestor and Cialis – but rock ‘n roll will never die. It just has a bigger prostate.
“I am extremely elated at the opportunity to once again be working with John Landgraf and the fine executive talent over at FX,” Leary joked in the official press release. “They have a great platform for comedy, an award-winning marketing team and an amazing new Nespresso machine in the conference room. The Gran Maestria C520 Platinum? Get this: it heats the cup! Also, doing this show with FX will allow me to live one of my last show-business dreams: Emmy-winner Peter Tolan will be playing my gay stepdad. I know what you’re thinking – isn’t Peter just a few years older than Denis? In fact, we are the same exact age. I’m just prettier.”
Much as we love Denis Leary, this one feels a bit off. In any case, check out the first photos of ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’ (seriously, it’s worse to type than ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘) below, and give us your impressions in the comments!