Posted on Monday, June 30th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Denis Leary and FX are teaming up once more. Leary’s show Rescue Me (above), which he co-created with Peter Tolan, ran for seven seasons on FX, ending in 2011. Now the channel has ordered a ten-episode first season of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, in which Leary stars as Johnny Rock, a would-be rock star who nearly became a sensation in the early ’90s before torpedoing his career my making terrible choices.
The new series will premiere in 2015, but we now have the first image of Leary and co-stars John Corbett, John Ales, and Robert Kelly as a paunchy rock band with attitude and some horrible hair. Check it out below.
Here are The Heathens, the band that Leary’s character fronts.
Elizabeth Gillies and Elaine Hendrix also feture in the show. Leary wrote the pilot, which was directed by Michael Blieden.
FX provides some info on the show:
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll 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.
Leary told Variety,
I am extremely elated at the opportunity to once again be working with John Landgraf and the fine executive talent over at FX. 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.