Update (7/10): The Weezer sitcom isn't happening, folks. Frontman Rivers Cuomo spilled the beans to Vulture, "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.” Bummer.
Original Story (3/5): Last summer, the power-pop-punk internet was set ablaze when a rumor circulated that Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo sold a comedy pilot for FOX. It turned out to be true, and the series, Detour, will reflect a fictionalized version of Cuomo's life and journey.
The singer is known for walking away from fame to attend Harvard, taking a...detour, if you will. The show will reflects that experience. So the question then became: Will Rivers play himself on the show? The answer's no, but that's A-OK, based on what we've learned today.
Deadline reports the role of the Cuomo character (actually called Michael Sturges, a “charming rock star who made the unexpected choice at age 30 to quit his band and go back to college") will go to British hunk Ben Aldridge, pictured above on the left. The guy's got rock-hard abs and 20-20 vision, so here's hoping the powers that be at least put a dorky sweater on him once in awhile.