‘Roadies’: Rainn Wilson & Christopher Backus Join Cameron Crowe’s Showtime Series

The Office alum Rainn Wilson and Christopher Backus are set for recurring roles on Roadies, Cameron Crowe’s hourlong Showtime comedy.

The series gives an insider’s look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of “roadies” who live for music and the de facto family they’ve formed along the way. It chronicles the rock world through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes and pays homage to the backstage workers who put the show on the road while touring the United States for the successful arena-level group, The Staton-House Band.

Wilson will play Bryce Newman, a famous and extremely self-important music journalist. Backus is Rick,
a bass player and member of the Staton House Band.

They join the previously announced ensemble cast including Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor, Colson Baker a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly, and Ron White. Luis Guzman, Jacqueline Byers, Finesse Mitchell, Branscombe Richmond and Tanc Sade guest star.

Backus, repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Untitled Entertainment, was recently cast in History’s drama pilot Six, but had to exit because of Roadies. He also has an upcoming arc on WGN’s Underground. Wilson played Dwight Schrute on long-running hit series The Office and most recently starred in Backstrom.

Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life, Wicked) serves as writer and executive producer of Roadies, along with J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and Len Goldstein. Kathy Lingg is co-executive producer. Roadies is produced by Bad Robot Productions, Vinyl Films and Dooley & Company Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. Kelly Curtis, Pearl Jam’s manager and a regular collaborator with Crowe, serves as producer and music supervisor.

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