What’s on TV?: ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’ Starring Dennis Leary Premieres Thursday

by Sandi Berg
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll - Pictured: (L-R) Denis Leary as Johnny Rock, John Corbett as Flash, Robert Kelly as Bam Bam, John Ales as Rehab. CR. Patrick Harbron/FX

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll – Pictured: (L-R) Denis Leary as Johnny Rock, John Corbett as Flash, Robert Kelly as Bam Bam, John Ales as Rehab. CR. Patrick Harbron/FX

Denis Leary created and stars in this new comedy as Johnny Rock, lead singer of a legendary early 90s New York band called The Heathens who broke up the same day their first album was released 25 years ago.

Now he is a middle-aged rock ‘n roller who is out of work, out of money and out of show business options. That’s when a massively talented young singer named Gigi (Elizabeth Gillies) shows up with a burning desire to be famous. She also has an appreciation for The Heathens only album and a stack of cash big enough to bring the whole band back into the studio. Only this time, SHE’S the lead singer and Johnny’s just a behind the scenes songwriter.

John Corbett, John Ales, Bobby Kelly and Elaine Hendrix round out the rest of this dysfunctional rock and roll family.

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll premieres Thursday on FX At 10 p.m.

Sandi Berg is also a freelance journalist and writes about television for several magazines including Written By (Writer’s Guild of America), Life After 50 and Whole Life Times Magazine.   


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