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.