Rivers Cuomo-Based Sitcom Not Moving Forward

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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.

Netflix anyone?

Rivers Cuomo’s College “Life Story” to Become Comedy at FOX

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UPDATE (Jan. 29, 2015):

It has now been about five months since this story was last updated and now we have confirmation that FOX will officially pick up DeTour, the comedy based on the life of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo when he decided to leave the band to go back to college.

At the moment neither Cuomo or series creator Steve Franks have confirmed the news, but several entertainment website have already written that the series, or at least the pilot has been picked up. Variety and Deadline broke the news. 

No word on when the pilot episode will air or even if it has been filmed yet.

Time to keep our ear (or eyes) to the wonderful world of Twitter.


UPDATE (Aug. 28, 2014):

With the excitement of maybe seeing Rivers Cuomo’s life on the small screen, the Weezer frontman has gone online to try to clarify things for confused fans.

In a way, we are behind this somewhat biographical show. Come on, who needs another dumb reality show about stupid people trying to make a “love connection” or trying to win money by doing dumb things. Just go outside, you can see that for free.


Weezer Wednesday might have been yesterday, but today we’ve gotten some interesting news about frontman Rivers Cuomo on this Thursday. It appears that the singer is set to star in a TV sitcom about his life.

According to Deadline, FOX has funded a pilot for a single-camera comedy titled DeTour which is inspired by Cuomo’s life.

The show will be written by Psych creator, Steve Franks and Tagline Television’s Chris Haze who also worked on the hit USA Network’s psychic-detective comedy series which wrapped up earlier this year.

The story will center around a 30-something rock star who is worried about the success of his music career and his decision to walk away from it all to focus on all the things he missed while being on tour and working on being famous.

The story will reportedly also include many real life events from Cuomo’s personal life including his on and off attendance at Harvard University between 1995 and 2006.

For those that do not remember, Cuomo went on break from the band eight years or so ago to return to Harvard full-time to complete his bachelor of arts in English.

Taking inspiration from his time at Harvard, the series will embellish on his experience which included living in the dorms and handing out with the students. The series will reportedly give him a small group of misfits for friends.

But, don’t think Cuomo is going to become a television star all of a sudden and leave Weezer behind. The band have their anticipated new album coming out soon, even if it was pushed back a week. Everything Will Be Alright in the End will now be released on October 7 while fans that pre-ordered the record will get two new tracks from the record on its former release date.

In honor of Weezer Wednesday, the band another sneak peek at a new track titled, “Go Away.” The song features the vocals of Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, so check that out.

Watch FOX’s Freshmen Show Trailers

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FOX may not be one of the big three networks, you know, CBS, ABC and NBC, but the little brother (or sister) of the network world have given potential audience members something that the other networks have yet to do; a sneak peek at their upcoming freshmen shows.

Last week, during the return of 24, the network premiered the first trailer for their Batman prequel, Gotham. Now, we can add on the trailers for Rainn Wilson’s Backstorm, period-action drama Hieroglyph, reality-competition show Utopia, another show titled Empire, a comedy titled Mulaney and the David Tennant starring Gracepoint based off the BBC’s Broadchurch.

Check all the trailer below and see if anything will have you tuning in this fall.

BACKSTORM:

EMPIRE:

GOTHAM:

GRACEPOINT:

HIEROGLYPH: 

MULANEY:

UTOPIA:

WAYWARD PINES:

 

Watch the First ‘Gotham’ Trailer

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Before Penguin, before Catwoman, before Riddler, before Poison Ivy, before Batman, there was Gotham…

FOX has just released the first trailer to probably one of the most anticipated shows of the Fall season, the Batman prequel, Gotham.

Deciding to use the reboot of 24, 24: Live Another Day as the launching board, the network premiered the first trailer for the series though at the time, it still does not have a premiere date, though it does say “This Fall.”

The series is based on characters from the DC Comic universe including Ben McKenzie as the commissioner-to-be James Gordon as well as David Mazouz as a young Bruce Wayne, Robin Lord Taylor as the Penguin, Cory Michael Smith as the Riddler, and Camren Bicondova as Catwoman. 

The series will be full of origin stories especially for Gordon and several of villains that have become Batman’s biggest foes. Donal Logue are also set to star in the series Jada Pinkett Smith; Logue as Gordon’s partner, Detective Harvey Bullock and Smith as villain Fish Mooney.

Check out the two-minute trailer below and tell us how you feel about the prequel.