Last year, it was announced that Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo was to be the subject of a new FOX sitcom called DeTour. The initial synopsis explained that the show was 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.”
However, in a new interview with Vulture about his love for Shakespeare, Cuomo broke the sad news that DeTour would in fact not be happening. “'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.”
Despite the musician's claim, hopefully the Steve Franks-written pilot—which stars Olivia Thirlby, Peter Gallagher and British actor Ben Aldridge as the Cuomo-based Michael Sturges—will eventually see the light of day in some form.