Rivers Cuomo's TV Show Gets Axed
Published Jul 10, 2015Rivers Cuomo's life had been set to come to the small screen in the form of DeTour, a Fox sitcom based on the Weezer frontman's time as a Harvard student. It turns out that the show won't make it to television after all, since the pilot wasn't picked up and the project has been abandoned.
Cuomo shared the news with Vulture. While most of the interview focused on Cuomo's newfound love of Shakespeare plays, the songwriter also shared this tidbit:
"DeTour did not get picked up. So that whole chapter is closed. 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."
DeTour had been due to star British actor Ben Aldridge playing a fictionalized version of Cuomo named Michael Sturges. It would have been about the musician taking a break from being a rock star to go back to school. The pilot was written by Steve Franks (Psych, Big Daddy) and directed by Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer, The Break-Up), with Cuomo serving as an executive producer.
While it's a shame that the pilot didn't get picked up, the good news is that we won't have to watch Cuomo's younger self fawning over cellists and lusting after Japanese teenagers.