FX Picks Up Denis Leary's Washed-Up Rocker Series
  • MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014

  • Posted by: Matt Howard

FX is adding an old face with a new name to their ever-churning assembly line of great original series. Comedian Denis Leary, who spent seven years with the network as the creator and star of Rescue Me, will return with 10 episodes of his newest fictional creation Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll in 2015.

The comedy will star Leary as Johnny Rock, a washed-up rocker who after ruining his career and relationships via drug use, alcoholism, and all of the other ingredients of a great Behind the Music episode, will give it all one more shot by reuniting with his band, The Heathens (John Corbett, John Ales, and Robert Kelly). The show will also feature cameos by real-life rock stars.

The concept of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll reads a bit tired — bands have been "getting back together" since Jake and Elwood Blues embarked on a mission from God back in 1980, and HBO pretty much perfected this deeply sunken star motif with Eastbound and Down — but if any network can pull this off right now, it's FX. Who would have thought that an 18-year late Fargo spin-off would be one of the year's grittiest and most compelling stories? And no one could have guessed that Louie would end up becoming one of the most intelligent and best shot series currently on television. It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia will soon be the longest-running live-action comedy in cable history with its upcoming 12th season. This network always seems to find gold in the gutter.

So come 2015 we'll be tuning to FX for Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, but only if Leary promises to never, ever sing this with The Heathens...

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