“Rescue Me” alum will play a washed-up would-be rock star who takes another stab at fame
Denis Leary is hooking up with FX again.
The former “Rescue Me” star has received an order from the network for the comedy pilot “Sex&Drugs&Roc&Roll,” which was written by and stars Leary.
The pilot revolves around Johnny Rock (played by Leary), a middle-aged rock ‘n’ roller whose path to stardom was derailed by his substance abuse and penchant for sleeping with his bandmates’ partners. More than two decades later, Rock tries to get the band back together for another stab at fame. The show will also feature occasional guest appearances by actual rock stars.
Leary is also executive producing with his company Apostle and partner Jim Serpico.
“‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’ is a terrific script and concept with Denis Leary‘s signature brand of comedy,” FX Networks and FX Productions president of original programming Eric Schrier said. “Denis is a tremendous talent who played a major role in the growth of our network with ‘Rescue Me,’ which was one of the most groundbreaking series of the last decade. We're thrilled to have him back home at FX.”
Leary added that he's “very excited to be returning to FX where working with Nick (Grad), Eric and John Landgraf has been one of the best creative experiences of my life. Plus I hear they have much better swag now.”
The half-hour comedy pilot is tentatively scheduled to shoot this spring.