With all the anti-heroes and hardcore nut cases crowding TV these days, Denis Leary’s new FX comedy is a much-needed lambasting of the hard-living life — complete with the hangover of consequences. As I say in my video review above, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll is really funny and quite touching too. Leary created and wrote the half-hour series, which has been percolating since the last days of the network’s Rescue Me back in 2011.
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll lights up the life of Leary’s Johnny Rock, the nearly washed-up lead singer of that almost-famous band The Heathens from the early 1990s. An opportunity to turn things around and get the band back together arrives in the form of a fame seeking previously unknown daughter named Gigi, played by Elizabeth Gillies. Of course, this being Leary and the show being called what it is, it is not quite that easy or smooth. John Corbett co-stars along with Elizabeth Bobby Kelly, John Ales and Elaine Hendrix.
The series is not some fictional version of VH1’s Behind The Music. It’s really about family, as Rescue Me so successfully was in many ways. Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll – remember the great Ian Dury and the Blockheads tune from ’77? — is about second chances for people who’ve blown their ninth and tenth chances. And that’s the real reason to give it a chance.
Will you be playing along with Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll? when it premieres at 10PM on July 16? Let us know what you think.