Bummer news for anyone who was kind of excited to see the life of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo get the sitcom treatment on the small screen; the show’s not moving forward.
During an interview with Vulture, the singer was asked about the status of the show. Sadly, Cuomo broke the news that the show, which was titled DeTour, was not moving forward at FOX.
“DeTour did not get picked up. So that whole chapter is closed,” begins Cuomo.
“It’s weird; in music if you make an album and your label decides not to put it out, you can bring it to another label and sometimes it can be a big success. At least it gets out. In TV, I’ve learned, it’s not like that. The pilot was made, completely finished, and we can’t show it to anybody! No one will ever see it. It’s a huge waste of money.”
Back in January, it was reported by both Variety and Deadline that the show had been picked up by FOX for at least its pilot. While the entertainment publications had claimed it was official, there was never any real confirmation from Cuomo or series creator, Steve Franks of Psych fame.
The initial synopsis for the show stated that it would be about “a 30-something rock star who, unable to rationalize his success and worried that he may not have the tools to repeat it, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive success.”
The show was going to reportedly star Olivia Thirlby, Peter Gallagher, and British actor Ben Aldridge as Michael Sturges, the character based off of Cuomo.
While the show may not have received the green light from FOX, there are many other avenues Franks and Cuomo could seek out, if they choose to move forward on their own.