Former “Rescue Me” star will play a washed-up, middle-aged rocker on the comeback trail
Denis Leary is officially back in business with FX.
The former “Rescue Me” star’s new comedy, “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” has received a 10-episode order from the cable network.
The series, which was created by Leary, will star the actor-comedian as Johnny Rock, a middle-aged would-be rock star whose path to stardom as the frontman for The Heathens was blocked by substance abuse and a penchant for sleeping with his bandmates’ women. Now, at 50, he’s trying to get the band back together and take another crack at a music career.
John Corbett (“Northern Exposure”) co-stars as Heathens lead guitarist Flash. Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix and Bobby Kelly also star in the series, which is executive produced by Leary, his company Apostle and partner Jim Serpico.
“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,” Leary wisecracked of the series pickup. “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 [“Rescue Me” co-creator] 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.”
“Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” which is produced by FX Productions and Fox Television Studios, will premiere next year.