Earlier this year, FOX cast British actor Ben Aldridge to play Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo in a sitcom about the singer’s life entitled DeTour. They even added Peter Gallagher as a college professor and Olivia Thirlby as his teaching assistant. Eventually, they filmed a pilot written by Psych‘s Steve Franks and directed by The Wedding Ringer‘s Jeremy Garelick. Unfortunately, Cuomo has now revealed that no one will ever get to see it.
“DeTour did not get picked up,” Cuomo told Vulture at the tail-end of an interview about his new love for Shakespeare. “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.”
While it looks like we’ll never get to see a fictionalized Weezer grace our TV sets, there’s still a space for the band on the small screen. Honda has started airing this kind of awkward commercial where a family starts randomly singing “Buddy Holly” while driving down a desert road. The ad is for the company’s Pilot Elite SUV, which means, yep, millennials are now mini-van drivers. Shudder.