Christina Hendricks Joins ‘Roadies’ Pilot

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Christina Hendricks Joins ‘Roadies’ Pilot

Five-time Emmy Award nominee Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) will star in the new Showtime pilot “Roadies,” which follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes – the crew members who get the show on the road.

Christina Hendricks will portray “Shelli,” the band’s production manager – Bill’s (Luke Wilson) ingenious work partner, tough, but privately emotional, married to her job… and scary-good at it. Luke Wilson (“Old School,” “The Royal Tenenbaums”), Imogen Poots (“The Look of Love”), Rafe Spall (“One Day”), Peter Cambor (“NCIS: Los Angeles”) and Academy Award nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (“Whale Rider”) were previously announced as stars of the ensemble cast. The one-hour comedy pilot will shoot in Vancouver in early 2015.

“Roadies” follows a hot-ticket tour, but with a simple twist: the band is in the background and the roadies take the spotlight. It’s an inside look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of characters who live for music and the de facto family they’ve formed along the way.

Oscar winner Cameron Crowe wrote and will direct and executive produce the pilot (for a potential series). Emmy and Tony nominee Winnie Holzman (“My So-Called Life,” “Wicked,” “Huge”), will executive produce and serve as showrunner, along with executive producers Emmy winners J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Fringe,” “Person of Interest”) and Bryan Burk (“Lost,” “Fringe,” “Person of Interest”).

Kathy Lingg (“Person of Interest,” “Fringe”) is co-executive producer. “Roadies” is produced by Bad Robot Productions, Vinyl Films and Dooley & Company Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Five-time Emmy Award nominee Christina Hendricks is best known for her tour de force performance as “Joan Harris” on “Mad Men.” Hendricks’ feature film credits include “Drive,” “Ginger & Rosa,” “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” “Detachment” and “Life as We Know It.”

She will next be seen in “Dark Places,” opposite Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz and Nicholas Hoult, and in John Slattery’s Sundance film “God’s Pocket” opposite the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hendricks also stars in the lead role in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, “Lost River,” which recently premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks Showtime, The Movie Channel and Flix, as well as the multiple channels Showtime 2, Showcase, Showtime Extreme, Showtime Beyond, Showtime Next, Showtime Women, Showtime Family Zone and The Money Channel XTRA. SNI also offers Showtime HD, The Movie Channel HD, Showtime on Demand, Flix on Demand and The Movie Channel on Demand, and the network’s authentication service Showtime Anytime.. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through Showtime PPV.

The above press release was issued by Showtime.

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