Cameron Crowe, Winnie Holzman, J.J. Abrams team for comedy pilot

Cameron Crowe, Winnie Holzman, J.J. Abrams team for comedy pilot
Cameron Crowe (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Cameron Crowe is the latest big-screen writer-director headed to TV. The man behind "Almost Famous" and "Jerry Maguire" has just gotten the green light from Showtime for the comedy pilot "Roadies."

Crowe will return to the music world he knows so well to write and direct the pilot, which promises to show life behind the scenes of a big touring band through the eyes of the men and women who help make sure the show goes on night after night.

Backing him up are two major executive producers: Winnie Holzman, the creator of "My So-Called Life," and J.J. Abrams, the "Star Wars" guy.

Though there's no guarantee that Showtime will actually order "Roadies" to series, it certainly has an impressive pedigree.

In a statement, Crowe said, "J.J. and I have been talking about it for some time. We're fans of crews, those workers up on the rigging towers, or walking feverishly with eight phones on their belt. Those quietly devoted people live huge lives, they're often the real keepers of the flame."

Crowe knows a thing or two about touring bands. Before he became a screenwriter and director, he spent his teen years writing for music magazines, including Rolling Stone. His first cover story for Rolling Stone was based on three weeks he spent on tour with the Allman Brothers Band. His experience as a young journalist was the basis for "Almost Famous." And it looks as though it'll come in handy once again for "Roadies."

Crowe also has a yet-untitled comedy-drama feature film starring Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray that's due out this Christmas.