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Showtime’s ‘Roadies’ piles on the pain, but where’s the passion for rock ’n’ roll?

Showtime’s ‘Roadies’ piles on the pain, but where’s the passion for rock ’n’ roll?

The music-industry drama, just recently so youthful and full of promise, is now on life support: HBO’s “Vinyl” bombed so hard it contributed to a network shakeup, ABC canceled “Nashville” (subsequently rescued by CMT), and even Fox’s “Empire” had a rocky sophomore year.

A hero was obviously required, and like an endearing lead from one of his own movies, Cameron Crowe rode onto the television landscape to aid the nascent genre.

Which he then wound up trampling to death.

“Roadies,” Crowe’s valentine to the unsung heroes of music tours, is an underdone mess of panic passing for passion in which everyone...

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